Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Mission
We believe that sport is inclusive. People should feel comfortable participating in cycling, regardless of gender, gender identity, race, class, or any other perceived difference. Cycling is a global sport that benefits from diversity in all ways.
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Amy
Charity

Race Director, SBT GRVL
Background

Why were you interested in being on the task force?

I understand the importance and urgency of addressing DEI issues in cycling, with the dedicated and passionate background as a former professional cyclist, a coach and a co-founder of a large gravel bike race. I’m committed to listening, understanding and driving a more lasting and inclusive change in the sport of cycling.

What do you hope the Task Force will achieve?

I hope to work with the USAC DEI Task Force to drive change towards fair treatment and opportunity within the sport of cycling. I hope we are able to define the necessary steps in building a culture of belonging and actively inviting participation for all people to ride a bike.

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Andrea
Dvorak

League Director, National Interscholastic Cycling Association / Former Professional Racer
Background

Why were you interested in being a member of the DEI Task Force?

I have both seen firsthand and experienced myself, the positive transformation that the bicycle can provide. Yes, there are the obvious fitness benefits, but the bike also provides the confidence, the maturity, the dedication, the passion, and the drive for all other parts of life.

What do you hope the Task Force will achieve?

​I am excited to see the DEI group put ideas into practice; to listen to what is needed, what is wanted, and to put it into motion.

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Kelsey
Erickson

Executive Director of Athlete Health & Wellness
Background

Why is DEI Task Force at USA Cycling important to you?

Because it is a great opportunity to play a proactive role in helping shape and foster a better future for the sport of cycling - a chance to actually create change rather than just talk about it.

What do yo want to see come from the DEI Task Force?

Our mission - creating a diverse and inclusive sport.

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Ed
Ewing

Deputy Director, Bike Works
Background

Why were you interested in being a member of the DEI Task Force?

As an African-American cyclist, my goal is to create opportunities for cyclists who look like me. That's what Nelson Vails did for me, seeing him win silver in 1984 was my inspiration to enter my first bike race, I haven't stopped since.

What do you hope the Task Force will achieve?

Racial equity in the sport and recreation of cycling.

Biography:

Ed is Deputy Director of Bike Works, a Seattle based non-profit which promotes the bicycle as a vehicle for change to empower youth and build resilient communities. Ed has 31 years of marketing, sales, project development, strategic planning, and non-profit leadership experience. Ed has a passion for Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, and has developed and implemented successful equity-focused programs initiatives that present community-minded solutions. In 2007, Ed co-founded and directed the Major Taylor Project, a year-round youth development cycling initiative focused on creating access and opportunities for Black and Brown youth in diverse and underserved communities. Ed believes in meeting challenges with an innovative and authentic visionary approach to inspire team members and community partners. Ed believes in strong community partnerships, building and promoting positive, authentic relationships, and leading with a collective voice.

Ed was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and developed a love for cycling through family bike trips and riding to work with his Dad. Ed started bike racing in 1983 and actively races today. After graduating from the College of St. Thomas in 1988, Ed moved to Seattle to begin his career.

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Valecia
Frasier

Event Services Manger, USA Cycling
Background

Why were you interested in being a member of the DEI Task Force?

Overall, I hope to see a true understanding of the term “acceptance” be birthed from this group and shared with the entire USA Cycling community and workplace. Accepting an individual is more than saying “I accept you.” In fact, the true acceptance of people says “I cherish you as you are. I respect you. I value you. I see you. I stand with you.” Regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation, every human being deserves to know the feeling of genuine acceptance from those around them.

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Ashland
Johnson

President & Founder, Inclusion Playbook
Background

Biography:

Ashland Johnson is the founder and president of the Inclusion Playbook, a sports impact consultancy. An attorney, equity and inclusion strategist, and former Division I athlete, Ashland has over a decade of civil rights experience working with social justice communities, advising sports leaders, and serving in leadership roles in advocacy organizations

Ashland is proud to be a part of Cycling's DEI Task Force because she knows first-hand the power of sports to transform individuals, communities, and society. She is excited to help USA Cycling grow its sport and harness this power in more diverse, equitable, and inclusive ways.

Jade
Johnson-Masuen

Human Resources Manager, USA Cycling
Background

Why is DEI Task Force at USA Cycling important to you?

I am driven by people and making an impact. There is a huge opportunity to make a significant and meaningful impact on diversity within the external and internal cycling ecosystem. The future of this organization involves tearing down as many barriers as possible and I want to be a part of that process.

What do yo want to see come from the DEI Task Force?

Open doors that are currently closed. Help everyone who has an interest in cycling see that they have a place and a face they can identify with.

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Lien
Johnson

Communications, Marketing & Social Media Manager, OutRide
Background

Why is DEI Task Force at USA Cycling important to you?

As a multi-racial woman and life-long cyclist who grew up in an area with racial and economic division, discrimination and access to opportunity have long been part of my human experience. I founded a creative agency whose mission was to bring women and underrepresented minorities into all projects. I’ve brought my passions to Outride, where we strive to improve the lives of youth through cycling. In order to change the future of cycling, we have to break down barriers and make cycling accessible to all people. I want to bring what I’ve learned to the USAC DEI table, but more importantly, I look forward to learning from my colleagues in order to reach even more people.

What do yo want to see come from the DEI Task Force?

Outride hopes to see the USAC DEI Advisory Group work together to determine truly impactful, coordinated actions to make cycling accessible to all people and change the face of USA Cycling to be representative of the beautiful tapestry of people who live in the USA.

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Ayesha
McGowan

Athlete
Background

Why is DEI Task Force at USA Cycling important to you?

USA Cycling is finally ready to make positive changes for underrepresented communities. I'm excited to help.

What do yo want to see come from the DEI Task Force?

I hope the Task Force can help develop a culture of better awareness and base practices around JEDI issues in American cycling.

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Pete
Taylor

Co-Executive Director, Star Track Cycling
Background

Why were you interested in being a member of the DEI Task Force?

I want to use my experience as co-Executive Director of Star Track Cycling in NYC to help bring more children from under resourced areas around the country into the cycling world without being faced by barriers of cost or color.

What do you hope the Task Force will achieve?

​To make cycling a safe and welcoming hobby or sport for everyone.

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Chelsea
Wolfe

Athlete
Background

Why were you interested in being part of this Task Force?

I want to help foster a culture in cycling that is so safe and inclusive for everyone that the only reason why someone might not participate is because they don't want to.

What do you hope to see the Task Force achieve?

I want cycling culture to be widely known for inclusivity, to have a reputation such that nobody questions whether they are welcome within any part of the scene.

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Amy
Zirneklis

Chief Operating Officer, Wrestle Like a Girl
Background

Why were you interested in being a member of the DEI Task Force?

Research has shown that an increase in the share of women in top corporate management positions from zero to 30 percent would be associated with a 15 percent rise in profitability. Organizations and communities are stronger when they can harness the strength of diversity, equality, and inclusion. This group has had the courage to stand itself up in a meaningful and thoughtful manner to tackle a difficult issue and I wish to be part of the solution.

What do you hope the Task Force will achieve?

​I hope to support USA Cycling in achieving and surpassing it's targeted outcomes for diversity, equality, and inclusion. There's no better time than now to start this important work.

Rahsaan Bahati
Founder, Bahati Foundation
Izzy Sederbaum
WTF BikeExplorers
Tom Mahoney
Marketing Operations Manager, USA Cycling
Kelly Clarke
Product Manager, USA Cycling