Throughout the month of June, we’re highlighting organizations and initiatives that advocate for greater outdoor access among the LGBTQ+ community. Today’s feature is Stamina Racing Collective, a group working to make cycling more inclusive.
Founded in 2020, in Minneapolis, Minn., Stamina Racing Collective is a non-profit FTW (Femme, Trans, Women) race team in the sports of road, gravel, cyclocross, and mountain biking.
Currently, just 15 percent of USA Cycling registered competitors are those in women’s fields, and even less across all BIPOC groups with estimates in the 8 to 10 percent range. To address this, Stamina Racing Collective brings a three-tiered approach of mentorship, accessibility, and community development to break down barriers that often lead to the exclusion of these groups.
Actions can include everything from covering startup costs of racing, with a specific focus on BIPOC and LGBTQ+ communities, to publishing reports on factors that limit participation from under-represented communities, to consulting with race promoters to implement more inclusive policies at their events. Through their efforts they have become a leading advocate for systemic change in biking racing.
To support their efforts both on and off the course, consider donating to the cause.