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I'm thinking excluded might have been a strong word. But I think we're similar in that I was exposed to riding and loooooved it, rode more, harder, longer. Moved to BC back in the day for MOAR. Steeper, techier, big bikes, small bikes, road bikes all of it.
I still feel there is basically zero representation for PoC and TBH that's not going to stop me as long as the experience continues to give me what I want. Still, it's curious that after nearly 30 years I've never been on a ride with another PoC. That speaks volumes about how welcoming this sport is. I could see how for many young PoC they might be dissuaded. Guys like you or I are the exceptions that prove the rule.
I think it would be hard for your average BC white bro-brah guy to appreciate what it's like to join an activity/culture where they are the only one like them attending and they are literally not represented in any way at all and then stick with it for 30+ years.
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