In my latest blog post, I delved into the question, "Why is cycling such a white sport?". The primary reasons include the high cost of entry-level competitive cycling, the lack of representation, and the limited access to resources in non-white communities. The cycling world has been slow to diversify, partly due to systemic issues and partly due to the sport's cultural image. It is clear that for cycling to grow and be truly inclusive, there needs to be a shift in accessibility, representation and community engagement. We need to work towards breaking down these barriers and making the sport more accessible to everyone.
As a fan of Tour de France, I've often wondered whether participants bring their own bikes. After doing my research, I found out that they don't. The bikes are supplied by the team's sponsors, who are usually big-name bike manufacturers. The bikes are custom-made to each rider's specifications, ensuring optimal comfort and performance. So, while they don't bring their own, riders do get to compete on bikes tailored precisely for them.