This notion of the 'first' black man/black women is imposed upon the public to fit the white narrative-history of the sport. Stop the fooling.
‘No room for racism’ in cycling needs to be reified as a concrete reality in action and practice. Participation and representation of British cyclists at all levels from grassroots to professionals should be advanced and celebrated through the multiple ethnicities of British people.
The escalation of the Bouhanni/Stewart issue resulting in wide public criticism of Bouhanni and culminating in racist abuse shows that the UCI need to do more to protect professional bike riders from harm on and off the bike.
I am interested in meaning making through the narrative and biographies of black champion cyclists. By learning about their individual agency, and creation of their sporting identities shaped by their lived experience as elite athletes.
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Accusations of white saviourism become easier to make, especially when gestures and actions are not thought through carefully, and especially without any consulting of experiences and knowledge of those people who have suffered most from racial oppression.