Meet the Team Challenging Cycling’s All-White History
It’s an uphill climb. Long criticized as an elite bastion of white competitors, pro cycling is getting a shakeup. This year’s Tour de France — which had its first ever Black rider only five years ago — had more cyclists of color than ever in its 113-year history, largely due to South African team Dimension Data’s seven nonwhite riders. Charities getting quality bicycles into impoverished parts of Africa are helping to build the pipeline, but equipment costs remain prohibitive and there’s a lot of history to overcome.