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Aug 25, 2021 (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) – With the guidance and support of inclusivity experts, industry partners, athletes and sport advocates, USA Cycling will host the first ever Cycling Inclusion Conference on Sept 10 and 11 at the USAC headquarters in Colorado Springs, offering both in person and virtual attendance options.
The Conference will focus on four key underrepresented communities in cycling – BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, Women, and Disabled Athletes. With the guidance and support of USA Cycling’s DEI Task Force and members of the four key underrepresented communities, USA Cycling has set the agenda, panel topics, and list of speakers. The target audience for the conference is cycling industry representatives with a view to educate and inform and to establish strategic collaborations designed to increase inclusion in the sport moving forward.
With the target audience in mind, the conference will feature speakers and panels covering a range of critical topics including:
- The State of DEI in Cycling
- Implicit Bias Training
- Cycling and Social Responsibility
- Unpacking Race, Gender, and Socioeconomic Status
- Leveraging Research and Data to Increase Your DEI Impact
- Allyship in Action
- Reframing Disability: Maximizing Inclusion
- Effective Engagement with Diverse and Underrepresented Communities
- Future of DEI
- and more
“We are truly impressed with how many individuals, brands, and groups proactively reached out to us and agreed to participate,” said USA Cycling president and CEO, Rob DeMartini. “ With guidance from USA Cycling’s DEI Task Force, The Inclusion Playbook and members of the four underrepresented communities, the Conference agenda includes a broad range of speakers and panelists who are sure to collectively cultivate challenging and honest conversations about the current state of the sport and what must happen to move the sport forward toward a more inclusive future. This is the beginning of what we hope will become an annual conversation and source of industry accountability.”
Attendance to the conference will be offered both in person and virtually. For those attending in person, all COVID protocols will be followed and a mask must be worn at all times inside. To register to attend in person, please visit our in-person registration page. Registration for virtual attendees can be found here. The Conference agenda and list of speakers can be found here.
Currently, the Conference is brought to you with the generous financial support from PeopleForBikes, Canyon, Allied Cycle Works, Trek, SRAM, Vittoria, Hyperice and Strava. Canyon donated an Endurance CF SL Disc 8.0 Di2 for raffle, open to all. Proceeds from the raffle will be used to offset the costs of the conference. The raffle will open on Thursday Aug., 26.
For more information, visit usacycling.org
ABOUT USA CYCLING
USA Cycling is the national governing body for the sport of cycling and oversees the disciplines of road, track, mountain bike, cyclocross, and BMX. USA Cycling’s mission is to champion accessibility, participation, and excellence in the sport of cycling to make more Americans healthier, happier, and better on two wheels while achieving sustained international racing success. USA Cycling supports cyclists at all levels, from those just beginning in the sport and participating in fun rides to international caliber racers. The organization identifies, develops, and selects cyclists to represent the United States in international competition through the support of kids’ and interscholastic programs, amateur bike racing and grassroots development programs, and the provision of critical infrastructure to run organized racing. USA Cycling has a membership of 100,000, annually sanctions over 2,500 events, and is a proud member of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC).