Minority Report: Women of Color the Focus of Cycling Podcast Series

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SPOKANE WA —September 6, 2016—   Roam Rydes, a podcast featuring women with a passion for cycling and a story to tell, is launching several interviews in an ongoing series titled “Minority Report”. The series, which focuses on women of color who bike, is the first multi-episode endeavor for the popular women’s cycling podcast.

“We have literally visited hundreds of bike communities and couldn’t help but notice the lack of diversity in our sport across the country,” said podcast host Ash Bocast. “Sure, there are existing reports on minorities, but they mostly focus on urban commuter populations. We hope that by sharing these women’s powerful stories we can start a conversation about how to encourage and embrace and inspire people, from all walks of life, who don’t feel like they ‘fit in’, to take up cycling as a sport and get more involved in their cycling communities.”

The first episode in the series highlights a conversation with 19-year-old student, shredder, and outdoor enthusiast Brooklyn Bell. Bell, who lives Bellingham Washington, is one of the only black riders in the area and has had a very positive experience within her local bike and outdoor community.  

Listen here: First episode featuring mountain biker Brooklyn Bell

 “Minority Report Dos” features Columbian born mother of two Olga Lucia Herrera, who sheds light on some of the cultural complexities that often keep women from participating in the outdoors.

“If you left young and came as a Latina to the US and were not exposed, you get lost in transition. (If) you don’t see people that look like you doing what others do, you feel like you don’t belong.” – Olga Lucia Herrera, Minority Report Guest

Listen here: Latina Olga Lucia Herrera talks about culture and bikes

The Roam Rydes podcast is available on most podcast platforms including iTunes, Stitcher, and PlayerFM. You can also visit www.roamrydes.com and catch show notes, links and photos from each episode. Don’t forget to check out the podcast’s sister show “Cycologoy” which features bike 101 from expert women in the cycling industry.

Upcoming “Cycology” episodes include:

  • Episode 1: Buying a Bike with Judy Tuttle-Wurth: Let’s learn everything you need to know before buying a bike with bike shop owner and rider Judy Tuttle-Wurth.
  • Episode 2: Bike Fit with Mel Bowen: Bike fit is so important to enjoying your ride! Longtime industry jill-of-all-trades Mel Bowen talks to us about the basics of bike fit and why it is an essential part of riding.
  • Episode 3: The Perfect Saddle with Leah Bensen: Finding the right saddle is probably one of the best “ah-hah” moments one can experience on a bike. We chat with saddle expert and Gladys Bike Shop owner Leah Bensen about finding the perfect fitting saddle.
  • Episode 4: Chamois Cream with Jill Hamilton: No more hoo hoo pain ladies and gents! Jill Hamilton, owner of Petal Power, a chamois cream and ride system product, informs us about why everyone should use chamois cream when riding to keep their nether regions happy.

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