WTF Bikexplorers was founded in the fall of 2017 when six friends were inspired to collaborate on a movement toward more connection, gender inclusivity, and racial equality within the bicycle adventure community. Our collective mission is to support, celebrate, and connect communities who identify as women, transgender, femme, and/or non-binary who use their bicycles to explore (be it the outdoors, themselves, each other, etc.)
From 2018 to 2019 we did this by organizing two annual three-day national summits that brought together 400 voices from across the globe to share skills, cross pollinate ideas, and connect with one another over rides, clinics, storytelling, and campfires. Prior to the summit we organized campaigns to connect our community and fuel the stoke for this movement through the SJ Brooks Scholarship, Grassroots Ride Series, and WTF Bikexplorers Swag.
In 2020, WTF Bikexplorers will be heading in a new direction. Instead of holding the annual summit we will be applying our energy to reaching more people and gaining more exposure for the movement through the following programs.
The WTF Bikexplorers Gravel Race Team and Club will support, celebrate and connect our growing community. Team members will challenge themselves to increase representation, to advocate for more gender and racial inclusivity and equality, to be stewards of the WTF Bikexplorers Guiding Principles, and to inspire more women, transgender, femme and/or non-binary cyclists to hold space at gravel race events.
Get Rad Be Radical is an annual publication by WTF Bikexplorers that changes the way women, trans, femme, and non-binary people are depicted and represented in the bicycle adventure community. The first issue, It’s About Bikes, But Not About Bikes, creates a platform where everyone can see and experience what it means to be a FTWN-B person who shreds—featuring 20 contributors focused on themes discussed at the past WTF Bikexplorers Summits from 2018-2019.
The 2020 SJ Brooks Scholarships seek to increase access, reduce barriers, and center voices specifically for BIPOC cyclists who identify as femme, trans, woman, non-binary, intersex, two-spirit, or genderqueer.
*The SJ Brooks Scholarship applications are now open! The application will close at 9 pm (PST) on August 27, 2020.
Within and Without will be a new Podcast series sharing stories, interviews, and event highlights by and for the WTF Bikexplorers community. Wish you could have heard some of the presentations from the 2019 summit? We have good news! Whitney spent most of their time at the summit recording individual sessions to make them available through a podcast format.
*Within and Without will launch in the Fall 2020.
The Grassroots Ride Series will continue the movement toward connecting WTF Bikexploring communities at a regional and local level. Through our website, interactive map, and social media the WTF Bikexplorers community will share their locally organized rides and events to a global WTF Bikeplorers audience.
*Ride Series submissions are currently on pause due to COVID precautions.
The WTF Bikexplorers swag will continue to fuel the stoke for this movement. On our online store we will stock our popular classics, create new products and collaborate with WTF artists to provide the freshest swag out there. All proceeds from our product sales will go toward our WTF programs.
We are beyond stoked for 2020 and hope you all join us for the ride. If our mission is the future you also want to see realized, we invite you to please consider making a donation or get your business involved. The WTF Bikexplorers are grateful for whatever level of support you can offer – no donation is too small to make a difference!
Special thanks and appreciation to our primary supporters for 2020 who make WTF BX dreams a reality. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more about supporting our programs for 2021.