I got questioned about my new hobby a few weeks ago… It obviously got her attention. Well, this particular individual who I will remain nameless, said that cycling is for “white girls”, WAIT! WHET!?? I asked if she did any form of exercise and she said yeah, she walks to her car. SMH!
The petty part of me wanted to say, “You run your mouth too, so that’s exercise too”, but ya’ll who know me know I’m sweeter than that, so I didn’t say it. [straight face emoji]
Ain’t no fallin’ off here! I believe in order to come against sicknesses and diseases that plague black women and just women in general , you have to be active. You can’t sit around eating junk and not exercising. Faith without works is dead, you have to make healthy changes in your lifestyle in order to see positive results, especially if you are predisposed to hypertension or even diabetes.
I told her, “I took up cycling after a friend of mine Carol shared her passion for it with us and encouraged us to join her. I remember riding my bike from Carol City to Brown Subs one day on a whim, If you’re from Miami, then you know how far of a distance that is. The ride was amazing and scary at the same time. I got chased by a few stray dogs, almost got hit by a car and I thugged it without a helmet. The ride back was even more of an adventure. Cycling has been a great form of cardio for me, I have a busy 2 year old to keep up with and I can’t be tired every time she wants me to get in her bounce house with her. Also, I hate gyms… the germs, the sweat on the equipment and the dudes who always wanna assist you just because. No Sir! You can’t have my number! I’m Gucci!! It’s much more motivating to get on the trail with a group of ladies and before you know it, you’ve done 10 miles easy peezy! I’ve since purchased my 2nd bike. The first one is a Hybrib (Mountain bike/ Road Bike combo), my newest bike is a GMC Denali 700c Road Bike and I love her! She’s much lighter and faster than my hybrid. We track our progress through an app called MapMyRide. To date, I’ve ridden 111.2 miles. I’ve started seeing changes in my stamina, weight, muscle tone and overall energy. On rainy and cold days, I’m sad because I can’t ride. This hobby has become a part of my lifestyle. Thanks Carol, she’s our SHERO!
We’ve since started a Black Girls Do Bike chapter in Tallahassee. There’s a national website with chapters all over the U.S. There might even be a chapter in your city. If you see us riding, just honk or wave!
“It’s like a pep rally for black girls on bikes!
Blackgirlsdobike.com’s interest is in growing and supporting a community of women of color who share a passion for cycling. We champion efforts to introduce the joy of cycling to all women, but especially, black women and girls. We are establishing a comfortable place where female cyclist can support, advise, organize meet-ups/rides and promote skill-sharing. We look to share positive images of ladies and their bikes to affirm the truth that black girls do indeed bike! We support bike advocacy, education, volunteerism and safety in all communities and corners of the world.” -BGDB Website
We’re riding and training for the June 2016 BGDB National Ride/Meet-up in Atlanta where we will bust down 30, 60 and 100 miles. Who’s down to ride?
Interested in learning more or joining a chapter? Check us out!! http://www.BlackGirlsDoBike.com
Pictured above: (The Founding Members Tallahassee Chapter of BGDB and currently growing)
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