Opinion: Cycling has an inclusivity problem

The abuse of an American crit rider shows just how far we have to go as a sport to be more equitable and open

Dariel Ramirez
(Image credit: @ray.marz)
Adam Becket
Adam Becket

Senior news and feature writer at Cycling Weekly, Adam brings his weekly opinion on the goings on at the upper echelons of our sport. 

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Cycling is a sport and activity that can be - and should be - enjoyed by everyone, but all too often it’s cyclists who make it a sport for the few. It is far too common, but it was sad to see the sort of snobbery and elitism I’d like to think is on the way out highlighted by the Instagram account Diversity in Cycling this weekend. Dariel Ramirez, a 28-year-old American, won at the Majestic Crit in California earlier this year, but it was the posting of a video of his win three weeks ago which kickstarted a conversation around inclusivity and snobbery following a volley of  vicious online trolling.

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