'Made in Britain': Uncovering the Life-Histories of Black-British Champions in Cycling. A exhibition concerning excellence, representation and diversity - UCI World Road Race Championships 2019 - Harrogate, United Kingdom. Duration: 22 Sep 2019 → 22 Sep 2019.

This exhibition is the third iteration of original and groundbreaking research work uncovering the lives of Black-British Champions in Cycling by Dr Marlon Moncrieffe. It was presented to an exclusive audience of British Cycling Members and Executive Board at the British Cycling Hub HQ at the UCI World Road Racing Championships, Harrogate, Yorkshire 2019.


Clare Balding and Dr Marlon Moncrieffe in discussion.
Maurice Burton, David Clarke, Charlotte Cole-Hossain and Dr Marlon Moncrieffe.

Westminster Insight: 'Made in Britain' Uncovering the life-histories of Black-British Champions in Cycling - Duration: 12th December → 12th December 2019.

Presentation and discussion at the Race and Cultural Diversity in Sport Forum, Westminster Insight. Contribution for the purposes of advancing public engagement with equality and diversity in 21st century Britain, a key aim of this talk is to provide access to the ‘marginalised’ life-histories of Black-British champions in cycling.

"From Grassroots to Glory" 'Made in Britain': Uncovering the Life-Histories of Black-British Champions in Cycling - Herne Hill Velodrome, 104 Burbage Road, Dulwich, London SE24 9HE. Duration: 15th June 2019 → 16th June 2019.

Russell Williams and Sir Bradley Wiggins in discussion.
From left: Germain Burton, Maurice Burton, Russell Williams and David Clarke.

Examining Gender in Cycling Cultures: Insights and Methods - Manchester Metropolitan University , Manchester , United Kingdom
Duration: 14 Feb 2019 → 14 Feb 2019

My observations and research illustrate a dearth of Black-British female (of African, African-Caribbean, or Asian origins) cycling athletes who have progressed to become national champions or have represented Great Britain and become European or World Champions. I present the four female cyclists who have been able to make this progression at Junior and Senior levels in the sport. However, I will question their sparsity in comparison to the more numerous and well known Black-British females athletes in elite Athletics. These female athletes have been extremely successful as national, European, World and Olympic champions representing Great Britain. National accolades have been bestowed upon them such as Damehoods, BBC TV Sports Personality of the Year Awards, MBEs, OBEs and CBEs. Why have there been hardly any Black-British female elite road and track cyclists gracing the sport as icons in a similar way to Athletics? I will showcase the life-history narrative of one Black-British cycling champion from my research and recent exhibition: Made in Britain – Uncovering the Life Histories of Black-British Champions in Cycling.’ This will provide an insight to her entry into the sport; her successes; her barriers; and where the haemorrhage seems to have occurred to her potentially successful career as an elite cyclist, future role-model and inspiration.

Made In Britain: Uncovering the life-histories of Black-British champions in cycling - Grand Parade Galleries, University of Brighton, BN2 0JY, Brighton, United Kingdom. Duration: 10 Dec 2018 → 20 Dec 2018

The backdrop to this exhibition is Great Britain’s emergence over the last ten years as the leading force in International Road-Racing and Track Cycling competitions across the globe. Since 2012, British cyclists have enjoyed consecutive annual victories at the greatest bike race in the world – The Tour de France, whilst their multiple successes at the London 2012 Olympic Games and at the 2016 Rio Olympics saw them celebrated by the public and honoured by the establishment through a string of ‘BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards’; Knighthoods; Damehoods; MBEs, OBEs and CBEs. This has been declared a ‘golden-age’ for cycling in Britain. It is this exclusive discourse of acclaim, associated with elite Road-Racing and Track Cycling in Britain on which this exhibition is positioned, alongside common observations of Road-Racing and Track Cycling as being ‘whites only’ sports in participation. The absence of Black-British Road-Racing and Track cycling champions representing their country of birth - Great Britain in elite and international levels of competition is a stark observation. Why is this?

Originating from research and fieldwork, this exhibition presents findings from the lives of former British, European and World Championship title winning cycling athletes, born in Britain, and of African or African-Caribbean parental heritage: ‘Black-British Champions in Cycling’. The stories of their competitive cycling span over fifty years: from the 1970s to the current date. What are their backgrounds? How did they enter the sport of cycling? Who were their mentors? What were their breakthrough achievements to the elite world of cycling? How do they articulate their successes and the barriers in their careers? What are their views on representation and identity in cycling? How were they ‘Made in Britain’? Their oral testimonies, photographs and memorabilia are exhibited to assist with providing some answers to the questions above.

By centring the life-histories of Black-British champion cyclists within the ‘golden-age’ of British cycling, this exhibition seeks to provide viewers with an opportunity to consider what appears as an interplay between elite cycling; representation; whiteness; nationalism and the persistence of racism.

From left: Dr Marlon Moncrieffe, Charlie Reynolds, Maurice Burton and David Clarke