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Canyon is donating an Ultimate CF SLX road bike to be raffled to raise funds for the cycling team at St. Augustine’s University, a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The bike, Canyon’s top end road model which is used by the professional teams it sponsors, will be painted in the blue and white colors of St. Augustine’s University and include a quote from trailblazing Black cyclist Major Taylor: “In a word I was a pioneer and therefore had to blaze my own trail.”
Just as Major Taylor broke down barriers—competing in and winning track races in the late 19th and early 20th centuries—so too is the St. Augustine’s cycling team as the first HBCU cycling team. The team formed in April 2020 and competes in USA Cycling’s Atlantic Collegiate Cycling Conference, against nearby schools including Duke, UNC and North Carolina State as well as dozens of other colleges.
“Our mission is to inspire riders to ride,” said Canyon US president Blair Clark. “Fundamentally, that means we want the cycling world to be more inclusive and diverse. We want people from all backgrounds to experience the freedom and joy bikes can bring to their lives.” Canyon supporting this team is part of a wider push in the cycling industry to increase diversity in the sport. Cannondale bikes and the EF Education-Nippo WorldTour team have also raffled bikes to raise funds for cycling programs at HBCUs as well as Tribal College and University (TCU).
The Canyon raffle costs $20 per entry and runs through February 2021. A winner will be randomly selected on March 1, and will get to choose a correctly sized bike. There are unlimited entries; every additional $20 donated supports the St. Augustine’s cycling club and gives another chance to take home this excellent bike. Read the rules and enter at saintaugcycling.com.
You can learn a more about the club and its mission in this video series called “Chasing History.”