A group of riders and wrenchers from all backgrounds and walks of life, the RAR Madison Squad came together amidst the pandemic out of a need and hope for more radical, anti-racist, pro-trans, pro-femme, fat-positive, and accountable bike space.
Here in Wisconsin, our group is oriented towards the many facets of bike culture, including community building, policymaking, education, and transportation equity. We also just like to ride and have fun at a party-pace (and sometimes we go fast, too). As a new collective, we have begun to offer weekly meetings, community dinners, and rides, offering both sober and cocktail-friendly events. Like the glaciers that came before us, we set out to resculpt this landscape. Together we can break down the norms and institutions that limit us and build up liberating spaces.
Our hope—going forward—is to offer FTWN-B (centered around those who are POC, Indigenous, and Black) a Madison (and Midwest) bike community that is safe, inclusive, and—of course—radical.
Kaylee (she/her), after spending 7 straight years commuting solely by bike, year-round, in Nebraska and South Dakota, is now an embarrassedly obsessed endurance road cyclist in Wisconsin, always hunting for the next epic climb and next personal limit to push. She enjoys swimming, weight training, and reading when she is not ripping around on her bike. Kaylee hopes that her lifelong love and passion for bikes can inspire fellow humans to reap the indescribable mental and physical benefits that cycling can bring.
Camila (she/her) is a scientist by day, cyclist by night. She was born and raised in San Salvador, El Salvador. After moving to Wisconsin to attend university, she found a love of cycling. She is an adrenaline-loving mountain biker, winter trail fat biker, and long-distance road cycler with a love-hate relationship towards hills. As a lesbian POC, she aspires to create an inclusive environment for BIPOC and FWTN-B individuals where they can explore their passion for cycling.
Natalie (she/her) moved to Madison in 2018. Originally from northern Illinois, she’s lived on both coasts but the midwest was calling her back. Natalie works as an environmental designer for Trek Bicycle, getting more people on bikes by creating welcoming spaces full of inspiring routes. She lives on the near east side with her partner, two cats, and too many houseplants.
Kristen (she/her) was born and raised in the NW suburbs of Chicago and moved to Madison in 2019. She got involved in cyclocross in 2018 and has been full steam ahead ever since. After connecting with a number of amazing people through cycling she picked up gravel riding and mountain biking. There’s nothing like stopping in the woods or on a country road and saying to yourself “where the hell am I?” then wiping your dirt mustache off your face. She is passionate about getting WTFN-B folx involved in bikes and an advocate that everybody belongs in cycling. In 2021, she started the Monday 40 movement to help encourage people to get out and move each Monday while connecting and forming an inclusive bike community within Madison. When she is not riding she can be found hiking with my two dogs or recovering in my kayak.
Cassandra’s (she/her) love of cycling was kindled during her college years in Madison. She went on her first Sub24-0 on a vintage converted fixie and was hooked since. It was also Cassandra’s inspiration to get her first bike shop job. Fast forward 14 years and she spent much of her career working in the cycling industry managing bike shops. Much of her free time lent itself to being a cycling advocate, launching Madison’s largest women’s cycling club that is still in existence. Cassandra sat on the board for the Wisconsin Bicycle Federation, has led clinics to teach mechanical skills to FTWNB people, and has also worked as a brand advocate in the women’s cycling space. Cycling is her passion and wants to see it grow and touch the lives of as many people as possible!
Keely’s (she/her) parents called her Evel Knievel as a child because she injured herself so often on a bike. 20 years later, Keely is equally prone to crashes and infinitely more stoked about bicycles. Living in Madison, Wisconsin (by way of Florida and Montana), she is passionate about developing communities and physical spaces for those that make them up. Keely has been able to connect her love of cycling and community development through mobility and cycling infrastructure advocacy that she hopes can support more accessible, safer experiences and increased quality of life for everyone. Her go-to adventure on two wheels fluctuates from mountain biking to road and gravel riding, depending on the weather/day/mood. Her favorite food is hamburgers.
Allison (she/her) loves the freedom of hopping on two wheels and going… anywhere! As a kid, Allison cruised all around northwestern Wisconsin of 3,000 (people, not cows) on her second-hand banana seat. Allison’s dad gifted his old steel-framed Bianchi to her- which is older than she is! and not quite her size – when she moved to Madison for grad school. He insisted that Allison buy a bike that fits for her first tour – a 1,200-mile solo trip from SF-Bend-Hood River-Portland. She did. And she was hooked! Road-touring led to gravel touring which led to mountain biking and now she is solidly in the n+1 territory when it comes to bikes. Allison is excited to support all colors, ages, and genders of folx to experience the joy of cycling.
G’s (they/them) favorite past-time is subverting the cis-hetero-normative, racist, classist, and fat-phobic bike industry. That’s right crew, burn it all down. Having grown up in Colorado, on Arapahoe and Ute land, it is truly such an amazing change to now living in the Midwest, on Ho-Chunk land, where they have been since the pandemic. Here in Madison, WI, they both wrenches on and ride bikes (for transportation and fun) and are committed to exploring the many areas around the city while learning about their violent and colonial histories. Currently, G works in youth education and scholarship building and is passionate about giving teens the freedom to explore their own means of movement and transportation. RAR has become a wonderful community for G over the last two years and they’re excited to be part of a chapter that will hopefully bring a powerful change to our local bike scene.
Eleven 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.
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