Instagram post by @ladyvelo Jools Walker

⚑️NEW BLOG POST ⚑️: "You can't help but notice what the demographic of the event is like... but actually being there and shuffling along to the start line? I noticed it more acutely than ever." πŸš΄πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ
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Read my rather honest take on doing @ridelondon for the first time and my reasons to ride this year... link in profile.

29 Comments

  • 31w ago ladyvelo ladyvelo

    #cycling #ladyvelo #mystoryuk #ridelondon #roadcycling #bike #woc #womenscycling #blackgirlsdobike

  • 31w ago adesignforwife adesignforwife

    Good read & important to say. But we gotta keep lining up on that start line (not just in cycling, in those hundreds of other tiny ways too) to make a difference for those waiting to take the spot after we have gone. Well done!!

  • 31w ago ladyvelo ladyvelo

    @adesignforwife πŸ™ŒπŸΎ I'm not planning on stopping! I'm always going to be lining up on that start line - be it in cycling and beyond. There is so much more to say, many changes to be made and spaces to be created for so many others... it's GOTTA happen πŸ™ŒπŸΎ

  • 31w ago adesignforwife adesignforwife

    @ladyvelo haha I did not ever think you would stop! I agree with you, and am right here cheering you on. Please keep smashing it πŸ˜›

  • 31w ago queenofthemtns queenofthemtns

    Fantastic photo of you @ladyvelo 😁

  • 31w ago ladyvelo ladyvelo

    @adesignforwife πŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸš΄πŸΎβ€β™€οΈβš‘οΈπŸ’• xx

  • 31w ago martymartinho martymartinho

    πŸ™πŸΎβ€οΈβ˜•οΈ

  • 31w ago tallgirlonabike tallgirlonabike

    A great read! Keep riding lovely & inspiring people x

  • 31w ago pat_mcnulty pat_mcnulty

    Love this blue look! The whole day was such a buzz. Xx

  • 31w ago brelishious brelishious

    Your blog post brought tears to my eyes. And I want to say I'm so glad you're in the cycling scene. It is my greatest joy to see women on the road and even more so a woman of color. I can't wait for the day of a pack of diverse women buzzing down the road having fun (and passing the boys clubs). ❣️hearts and hugs for such a brace day!

  • 31w ago l_pods l_pods

    πŸ™ŒπŸš²πŸ’œβœ¨

  • 31w ago kelsimarie91 kelsimarie91

    😍😍😍

  • 31w ago antistarlet antistarlet

    Just wanted to say how inspired by you I am. I'm planning to start commuting to work in the next month (yay for cycle2work) and the doubt is creeping in already - "can i do this?", even though I definitely can. And you're right about the predominant demographic - you really do feel like you stand out like a sore thumb sometimes in these sports. Thank you for help pave the way and for being a role model for not just black women, but women in general - it starts with a few but hopefully we will soon become many 😊

  • 31w ago ladyvelo ladyvelo

    @queenofthemtns 😊 Thank you!

  • 31w ago ladyvelo ladyvelo

    @martymartinho πŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ’• Cheers Marty - hope you're doing well! x

  • 31w ago ladyvelo ladyvelo

    @tallgirlonabike Thank you so, so much Sarah! I hope to keep my butt on the saddle and keep on talking! x

  • 31w ago ayesuppose ayesuppose

    Pushing through is the best. What a Shero!!!!! πŸ’ͺπŸΎπŸ˜πŸ‘πŸΎπŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ‘ŒπŸΎπŸ˜ŽπŸ‘‘

  • 31w ago ladyvelo ladyvelo

    @pat_mcnulty This blue is everything - love this kit! It was indeed a buzz of a day - I'm glad I got into it and I hope you loved riding it Pat! x

  • 31w ago ladyvelo ladyvelo

    @brelishious πŸ’•πŸ˜­πŸ’• Well, that's made me teary knowing it did that to you - THANK YOU. What you've said here means a hell of a lot... and I look forward to that day and more days like that happening πŸ™ŒπŸΎ Hugs back to you! xxx

  • 31w ago ladyvelo ladyvelo

    @l_pods πŸ™ŒπŸΎπŸ’•βš‘οΈπŸš΄πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ x

  • 31w ago thecyclingstore thecyclingstore

    Looking amazing 😍😍😍

  • 31w ago ladyvelo ladyvelo

    @kelsimarie91 😘 Kelsi! Hope all is well with you - our paths need to cross again!!! x

  • 31w ago ladyvelo ladyvelo

    @antistarlet Clara - that has just knocked me sideways in the best possible way... thank you so much. And πŸ‘πŸΎπŸš΄πŸΎβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸΎπŸš΄πŸΎβ€β™€οΈπŸ‘πŸΎ to you with your cycling plans! That's EXACTLY how it started for me - Cycle2Work scheme and riding to my then office back in 2010! The doubts will have a habit of bobbing above the surface, but you'll know you can do it. Please keep me posted on when you get your bike and start your commute! πŸ’•πŸš²πŸ’•

  • 31w ago pat_mcnulty pat_mcnulty

    @ladyvelo you can’t beat flying round those roads that are normally full of cars...

  • 31w ago conrad_see conrad_see

    If this picture were a band it'd be 'Kool & The Gang'.

  • 31w ago melissad_rmt melissad_rmt

    Thank you for this !!! I'm just embarking into the cycling world and am glad I've found your IG thru following @ayesuppose ! I feel the same way, but want to show other WOC that we very much belong in these sports and spaces. ❀️❀️❀️

  • 31w ago ayesuppose ayesuppose

    @melissad_rmt yessssssssss network! We are out here!

  • 31w ago iona_mcconnell iona_mcconnell

    Great post. I did ride London too for first time (bit slower than you though!!) this year. I know what you mean about feeling out of place on the start line. I've done most of my cycling on my own this summer (previously ridden with 2 female friends) and that made it harder. I rode in Birmingham velo last month and really felt like I was one of only a few women riding which was quite intimidating. However I love following you on Instagram and find your posts inspiring. It's great to see more diversity in cycling and at events (both gender and race) and thank you for championing this.

  • 31w ago jenwillner1220 jenwillner1220

    You totally rock!

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