British Cycling say only 5% of riders are currently black on their Cycling Talent Development programmes
British Cycling has announced it is offering more scholarships to widen access to education and coaching opportunities as part of a new plan to boost diversity.
There Ride strategy focuses on equality, diversity, and inclusion to ensure riders of all backgrounds can fulfil their cycling ambitions.
British Cycling say 95% of riders on the British Cycling Talent Development programmes are white, compared to 86% of the general population.
With the public’s appetite for cycling heightened by TV coverage of the 2021 Tour de France, it is a great time for British Cycling to encourage new members.
“There are too many potential cyclists who experience a barrier of one kind or another into our sport and do not feel welcome in our community,” said British Cycling chief executive Brian Facer.
“It is imperative we take a lead in this area, strengthening governance, offering more opportunities to cycle and compete, and improving representation.
“This new strategy can play a significant role in making cycling more reflective of society as a whole.”
British Cycling says women make up only 17% of their membership while 95% of riders on the British Cycling Talent Development programmes are white, compared to 86% of the general population.
Further statistics from the National LGB&T Partnership found that 55% of LGBTQ+ men and 56% of LGBTQ+ women were not active enough to maintain good health, compared to 33% of men and women in the general population.