So if you live in Melbourne you may have noticed the women's road race community has a new spirit lit within it. Women are coming around to support each other, cheering each other on at their local club races and even organising to ride together like Beyonce’s possy to their local race, and women who have never raced are stepping up and signing up for their first races.
Well if you are wondering who has been responsible for this sudden shift? Her name is Rebecca Covington. And she has been the amazing woman behind the SheRace Initiative. We recently spoke to Bec and she shares how SheRAce has come about and what they hope to achieve.
‘The inspiration for SheRace came from a Facebook post that asked “what’s stopping you from racing?” The comments on the post clearly showed us that Melbourne has an incredible community of women who all want to see more women racing.
We realised there was a gap that needed filling. There are so many individuals and clubs doing incredible things to promote women’s racing. It was tying them all together through the racers themselves which was the missing piece.
With SheRace, it is our goal to provide a platform to achieve this. SheRace is committed to creating a community of women encouraging other women to find their inner bike racer. From the workshops we’ve held so far, we have two main goals;
- To create a support network for new racers to feel welcomed into the community and confident to show up and race.
- To share knowledge and information that will assist new racers to understand the ins and outs of racing. It’s a complex sport and we’ve learnt that this is a barrier to getting started. We want to work to remove that barrier.
While we are just getting started and know we have a way to go to make an impact, we are committed to our values and these will guide us in all our decisions:
- Inclusivity: We all share a love of racing bikes. Nothing else matters.
- Collaboration: Competition is for on the bike. We’re all in this together.
- Community: Change will only come from the community up. Everyone needs to take ownership of SheRace We want to create a space for women to have fun racing bikes, but that also allows them to be competitive and feel the rush of racing and going for their goals. To find that fire inside them that we know builds self-esteem, resilience and a sense of accomplishment. Not only on the bike, but off the bike in other parts of their lives as well.”
Tribal Cycling are so proud to support the initiative and can’t wait to see how this community is going to flourish as more women support each other. Make sure you follow SheRace on Facebook and Instagram to get involved.
Thanks Mich Adventures for the photo. Reach out to her Facebook page too.
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