The Austin RAR chapter was born out of a desire to create space within the Austin cycling community by and for people of marginalized experiences, particularly BIPOC, Trans and Queer folx, disabled riders, economically disadvantaged cyclists, and their intersections.
While Austin has a thriving cycling scene, it can be difficult to find community for those who do not experience the privileges required to participate in mainstream bike culture.
We wanted to start RAR Austin to build community amongst those who do not currently see themselves included or represented. We have a team of cyclists with decades of collective cycling experience and knowledge and want to share it with others looking to get into the sport or just find a space where they feel celebrated and valued.
Jessica is a bike rambler and Adventure-based photojournalist and writer in Austin, TX. She has a diverse cycling race background and has held several positions within the bike industry, including Contributing Writer to Bicycling magazine and Content Creator at FloBikes.
As a BIPOC adventurer, Jessica strives to make and provide bikepacking opportunities to others in her surrounding communities. As a visual storyteller, she shares stories of participation in sport as well as writes long format tales of bicycle adventures throughout the world. In 2023 she is sponsored by Specialized, WYN Republic, The Meteor, The Feed, Chamois Butt’r and Pickle Juice.
Anna (she/they) has relied on a bicycle in various capacities through their life for everything from transportation to exercise to pure leisure. they are dedicated to creating a more equitable space for queer and BIPOC folks to experience the magic of single track and bikepacking.
Mixaela cannot remember a time when she didn’t love bikes. That love grew exponentially in college when she rode from Austin to Alaska with the Texas 4000. Since then, she has raced collegiate cycling, toured Taiwan, South Korea, and SE Asia.
These days, Mixaela’s energy is focused on mountain biking and bikepacking. She loves introducing others to her favorite trails and activities, especially fellow QTBIPOC and firmly believes in creating opportunities and spaces for people with marginalized identities to experience the joys of dirt.
Anna is a lifetime dabbler, in and out of cycling. After falling in love with bikes as a commuter in San Francisco and getting inspired by a friend’s tour across half the country, she has gotten to enjoy her own adventures on solo tours across Oregon and New York, race courses with Ultra Violet Racing, and dusty trails in her home state of Texas. She hopes to build on the thriving women’s bike community of Austin – to be part of riders of color, riders who are queer, trans, and non-binary, and riders who just feel they aren’t seeing themselves in the current scene getting comfier and stronger and having a blast.
Ana (she/her) is originally from San Antonio, and has lived in Austin for the past 6 years. She is committed to inclusivity in the outdoor space and is always excited to take someone on a bike adventure. She is also passionate about native Texas flora and fauna, and is dedicated to learning about foraging the land around us. You can usually find her on a bike, or having pan y cafecito somewhere.
RAR Chapters will advocate, support, and uplift BIPOC and FTWN-B cyclists in their local communities! Find a RAR Chapter in your area and learn more about each group.
Latest Chapter News
With recent announcements from UCI banning transgender women from competing in the women’s category during races, we wanted to uplift events doing the amazing work to create spaces for the FTWNB community. Here is a list of femme, trans, women, and non-binary led cycling events to support, follow, and attend. This is not a comprehensive……
Give a warm welcome to the eleven new RAR Chapters! We had over twenty applications from BIPOC and FTWN-B organizers nationwide and beyond. We mainly sought groups in different regions who had a solid core group to build out their community efforts. THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to apply. Twenty-one RAR Chapters will advocate, support, and uplift BIPOC and……
Donate to win prizes and help us raise $40k to grow RAR Chapters to 20 locations! Donate to the RAR Chapters Fundraiser to win sweet prizes from Salsa, Revelate Designs, Velocity Wheels, Teravail, Bags x Bird, and Simworks. A total of five prizes will be given away: To enter, please donate $25 to the RAR……