The BIPOC Bike Adventure Program is an effort to reduce the barriers to bike adventure for BIPOC people.

We recognize that this is a small step in the face of massive systemic racism and entrenched inequality, but we believe that bicycles and the outdoors are for all, and that everyone should have access to the freedom, joy and self-actualization they provide.

We also know that there are many barriers to multi-day self-supported adventures to be dismantled before beginning to bikepack, such as finances, equipment, confidence, experience, camping skills, and access to routes. So we’re not creating many constraints.

The 2022 grant cycle has closed. Applications will re-open in spring 2023.

The program will support BIPOC cyclists’ fun and empowering bike adventures. We’ll leave it up to applicants to define what adventure is for themselves.

  • Is for BIPOC people of any gender identity, age, class, body size, ability or experience level, who are at least 18 years old and live in the US.
  • Allows applicants to define bicycle-based adventures for themselves.
    Includes awards of $500 to $3,000, gear, and mentoring.
  • ​Funds can be used for gear, travel, clinics, events, or anything else that helps build recipients’ experience, skills, & confidence.
  • Is led by BIPOC adventure cyclists.

If you have any questions about the program, please contact Program Coordinator Brooke Goudy at [email protected]

Meet the 2022 BIPOC Bike Adventurers and Mentors

Brooke Goudy

Brooke Goudy is an athlete, bicycle advocate and BIPOC Bike Adventure Grant Program Coordinator. She has a love for cycling, but her greatest joy is introducing cycling to women of color as a co-leader of Black Girls Do Bike Denver. As the community events manager for VIDA MTB Series, she co-leads an Impact committee that works to eliminate barriers to make mountain biking more inclusive, equitable, and diverse. Her love for biking extends to conservation and advocacy for trails. She recently became a member of the Board of Directors for Boulder Mountainbike Alliance and co-leads the Women’s Colorado Mountain Bike Association Program as their Program Marketing Manager. Last summer, she rode the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route and developed a love and enthusiasm for bikepacking. She is looking forward to competing in the Westfjords Way Challenge, 960 kilometers/ 595 miles around Iceland’s most beautiful and remote landscape.

Sam Scipio

Sam Scipio (she/her) is a designer, bike mechanic and BIPOC Bike Adventure Grant Mentor living and working in occupied Anishinabe, Haudenosauneega, Miami, Odawa, Peoria, and Potawatomi lands – commonly referred to as Detroit. Her love of bikes came out of necessity – a commuter to start after her car broke down. Now she rides and races everywhere she can. Sam loves riding in the mountains, sand, and dirt; and wants to create space for more people of color to do the same. In 2020 she founded Jubilee MFG, a custom framebuilding and small bicycle components company.⁠

박 (Pak)

박 (Pak) is a BIPOC Bike Adventure Grant Mentor. He is a first-generation Korean American dirt chasing cyclist. You can usually find him pedaling outside in my Crocs, chasing light, or hanging out with my dog. He’s honored to represent as one of the Bikepacking Roots’ BIPOC Bike Adventure Program mentors.”

Antonio Miranda

Antonio Miranda is a BIPOC Bike Adventure Grant mentor from Modesto, California.

He says “Cycling has been my main mode of transportation until from about 2008-2020 when I submerged myself into adventure cycling culture. I toured From Virginia to the edge of Ohio and multiple remote parts of Puerto Rico and Northern California. Bikepacking has played a huge role in my development as a cyclist.⁠

I want to change the faces in adventure cycling and encourage more POC to join the outdoor adventure community and embrace those spaces. I want others to join me and help them realize they can do this as well without the fear of physical harm or death that shadows our community. I want to continue to strengthen the bonds of local outreach and build a larger community of adventure cycling that becomes more accessible and encourages personal growth.”⁠

Shawnee Dez

Shawnee Dez was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. She is the founder and organizer of the Black JoyRide. In June 2020, Shawnee and friends organized a mass Juneteenth bike ride to promote Black joy, wellness, and to take up space in the second most segregated city in the United States, Chicago. This ride is a symbol of liberation and mobility.

Shawnee’s work centers youth and community advocacy. When off the music stage, she activates spaces for creative youth to express unapologetically. The mission of the Black JoyRide is to get as many Black folks on bikes as possible!

Shawnee will be bringing the Black JoyRide to Leimert Park, Los Angeles to host the very first Black JoyRide in California on August 25th, 2022. Their goal is to connect with Black folks throughout the diaspora, domestic and abroad, to promote liberation, wellness and joy through biking!

Will Cortez | Silas Sanderson | Sukho Viboolsittiseri

Will Cortez, Silas Sanderson, and Sukho Viboolsittiseri formed BikePOCPNW to respond to the community need for cycling spaces for BIPOC folks in the Portland Metro area. They are actively creating a brave space for BIPOC folks to ride bikes, build community, forge life-long friendships, and challenge the status quo. They do this while holding themselves accountable for behaviors that may replicate or uphold any and all forms of oppression.

Since its inception in January 2021, the group has hosted an AAPI Solidarity Ride, monthly rides for all disciplines of riding (party pace, mountain bike, gravel, etc.), clinics, and trained riders interested in competition.

They are using the grant to build BilePOCPNW’s bikepacking gear library. The gear will be used to for bikepacking trips to Stub Stewart State Park, the Deschutes River State Recreation Area, and more.

Roxy Robles

Roxy Robles is a cyclist, urban planner, sewist, and Filipinx food enthusiast living on the ancestral lands of the Duwamish (Seattle, Washington). She started bike touring after realizing that bike touring was not that different than hauling groceries up and down Seattle hills on a bike. In Seattle, she organizes with Friends on Bikes, and volunteers with The Bikery & Outdoors for All. She has conducted introductory bike touring courses with Seattle Colleges, Adventure Cycling Association, and Swift Industries.

Roxy is passionate about supporting new cyclists and spreading her love of bikes and bike touring. She thinks tarot cards are an essential item on any packing list, and loves to talk about feelings. You can get her book, An Introduction to Bike Touring to get started on your cycling journey!

Roxy is using the grant to lead a group from Friends on Bikes Seattle (FOB) to occupied Nimiipuu and Shohone-Bannock territories in colonized southeast Idaho for a 80-mile loop near Warm Lake. The route includes climbs, views from the Boise National Forest and HOT SPRINGS!

FOB is a community for people living at the intersections of trans, two-spirit, women, intersex, gender nonconforming and Black, Indigenous, and other people of the global majority identities.

Annijke Wade

Annijke Wade’s outlook on life has been changed by mountain biking. Through it, she has found more balance, the ability to work through challenging situations, a wonderful community, and traveled to many awesome locations and trails.

In 2021, Annijke experienced a life-changing spinal cord injury from a horrible mountain biking accident. She is now entering the adaptive mountain biking (aMTB) world. One of her recovery and recreation goals is to figure out how to bikepack with a spinal cord injury.  

Annijke is committed to using her position to amplify BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and Disabled voices and will be using her privilege to empower folx in the community.

Annijke is using the grant to go on a one day bikepacking adventure with her friend Fanny in Golden, Colorado!

Selena Feliciano

Selena Feliciano is an artist, strategist and half of the Borikén Bicycle Tour, based on occupied Chochenyo Ohlone territory (Oakland, CA).

She spends most of her days dreaming of how to deepen connections to the biosphere on a mass scale, and how to reverse the effects of capitalism, white supremacy, and centuries-long destruction of indigenous roots under colonialism.

​Most days, she engages with groups doing work to shift our focus on community in the just transition of our local economies, and is currently working alongside incredible organizers to decolonize our energy system for a more resilient, safe, and democratized grid with The Energy Democracy Project.

Outside of computer and organizing work, she finds the intersection of bicycles and art ripe with possibility for deepening our ties to our beloved Earth; She is an avid bicycle tourist and contributing performer with Agile Rascal Bicycle Touring Theatre Company, as well as a 2022 athlete with the Ride for Racial Justice Gravel Team.

Selena and her collaborator, Jackie Rivera, are using the funds to embark on the Borikén Bicycle Tour in the spring of 2023, across the island of Puerto Rico, creating art, memories, and reflection from the inevitable inspiration of our ancestral ecology and genetic ties to Taíno lands and waters. They invite other artists and activists of Puerto Rican ancestry to join them on this ancestral journey. Find out more at www.selenafeliciano.com

Ester

Ester is a purpose-driven Afro-Latino woman from Brazil who lives in Syracuse, New York. She works in the climate and energy sector, and in her free time you can find her biking and being a cat mom.  She got her first bike seven years ago to commute to college and since then she has never owned a car. Biking has always been her main way of transportation. She is also a passionate, lifelong motorsports fan, advocating for for diversity and inclusion in the male-dominant sport.

Ester is using the grant to tackle the 585+ mile Adirondack Trail Ride (TATR) bikepacking race in fall 2022, and preparing for the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route in 2023.

Elisha Bishop

Elisha Bishop is a husband, father to a two-year-old and a member of the Gila River Indian Community. He organizes bike rides for the community in Gila River, where he met Mario and his son Isaac. Elisha is using the grant to embarking on his first bikepacking trip with Mario and Isaac along portions of the Western Wildlands Route and Arizona Trail from Flagstaff to the Grand Canyon.

Suzanne Alexander

Suzanne Alexander developed a passion for endurance sports after a three-day, 60-mile walk in support of breast cancer research. Her love for biking grew when training for and completing her first sprint triathlon. Suzanne is a member of the Atlanta chapter of Black Girls Do Bike and enjoys biking on trails around Atlanta.

Suzanne is thrilled to plan and complete the inaugural “Tubman Trek”, a multi-day bike adventure along the 125-mile Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. She plans to expand the trip to include others in future years. The trek will facilitate freedom from pre-conceived notions of limitations based on age, sex or race, from personal doubts about physical or mental ability, and to experience, enjoy and protect the richness and beauty of nature.

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