In 2020 one of the WTF Bikexplorers priorities is to expand our vision of inclusivity, diversity, and representation specifically at gravel events. We’re doing this by creating a stronger FTW community, one in which rather than competing against each other, we support, celebrate, and connect to grow and develop as individuals and a community as a whole. We believe that having a community at these events makes them easier and more fun to participate in, so we have created a communication network through Google where all members if they choose, can network with one another for training rides, questions carpooling and lodging logistics for gravel race events.
There are two facets of the gravel program this year: The WTF Bikexplorers Gravel Squad and the Gravel Team. While the gravel team has already been selected for 2020, anyone who is interested in gravel race events and identifies as non-binary, transgender, femme, or woman is encouraged to join the Gravel Squad at any time.
The WTF Bikexplorers Gravel Squad is a community of cyclists who identifies as non-binary, transgender, women, or femme with the following mission.
To join the community please fill out the following survey and you will be added to the Google network as well as any specific newsletters for the gravel program in approximately one week.
An incredible team of ambassadors will be representing and sharing the mission of the WTF Bikeplorers Gravel Program Mission at four major gravel events in 2020: Dirty Kanza, SBT Gravel, Gravel Worlds, and Grinduro California. They will be sharing their journey along the way.
I fell in love with racing last winter when I participated in a bandit cross race, since then I’ve done two gravel races and have my first cyclocross season in the books. As I’m more experienced with shorter races, my goal is to cross the finish line and still feel human. I envision the team holding and creating more space for FTW’s at gravel races by organizing group rides, community building, and sharing our stories.
My experience with gravel comes from riding local trails. It wasn’t until I had my first bike packing trip last October, a trip that included a fantastic rocky descent into a river valley, that I discovered the feeling you get when you’re goin’ fast. So now… all I want is to get faster. My goal, as a first generation daughter of hard-working Mexican immigrants, is to break boundaries and make space for folks who come from similar situations. It only seems fit to be a part of a team that wants to do the same.
I’ve been casually gravel racing for a few years, mostly small, local events; last summer I started increasing my mileage and going to bigger events. This season I am excited to ride fast and not just ride to finish and I can’t wait to see what the team does on course! I couldn’t imagine spending this much time with folks who weren’t actively trying to make the world a better place and I am excited to bring the message of inclusivity and diversity to the gravel scene.
I’ve been a cyclist (road and mtb) for a long
time, but only recently found gravel racing. My goals for this season are to make the WTF community known to be competitive and able to contribute in a large way to the gravel world. As for my team, I am confident that we will provide a welcoming, encouraging, and inspiring space for
everybody at the events we attend.
My riding/racing background can be summarized as “everything in moderation, especially moderation,” having mostly raced self-supported multi-day routes. Racing larger events with the WTF Gravel Team provides the chance to work with and for others. I want to cross the finish knowing I gave my team every ounce of effort. But more than that, I hope we can foster and see the growth of the FTW community at races, so when we toe the line, there’s a greater sense of belonging.
My racing experience is practically nil; on a whim I signed up for a big gravel race last fall and totally fell in love. I’ve been riding bikes for a long time but have only been working towards longer distances and a faster pace for < 1 year. This season I’m excited to push hard and feel strong, as an individual and as a team. It’s time for the [gravel] racing world to make space for FTWs and BIPOC and I think the WTF Gravel Team will be an important voice in this paradigm shift.
Started bike messengering 9 years ago has been responsible for my deep dive into cycling and since have experienced nearly every offering cycling has. Except racing. So this year the cleats are torqued, and I hope to support my team giving them all my power to reach their goals and my own…and look good doing it.