Cycling gains momentum among largest Native American tribe but bikes are scarce — here's how you can help

Sportful releases limited edition run of artist jerseys to raise funds to get native youth on bikes

Silver Stallions
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The Navajo Nation, one of the largest Native American territories in the United States, spans approximately 28,000 square miles and is home to around 200,000 people. In this vast community, cycling is emerging as one of the fastest-growing recreational activities. But it’s a very new trend and one with many obstacles in its path. 

When retired cyclist Scott Nydam (formerly of BMC Racing) and his family moved to the edge of the Navajo reservation in 2016 for his wife’s healthcare profession, he quickly connected with passionate local bikers eager to share their love for the sport. But they faced one main problem: a severe lack of access to bicycles. There wasn’t even a single bike shop in the region.

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.