Well in my opinion if this is what can be expected then we know that is what is to be expected. As the Bible says, if a man wants to take your cloak, give him your other garment, and if he wants to walk a mile, go with him two. In other words I feel we need to just let them be them and we will be better than that. As a whole I believe black cyclist need to support each other in what they do. We need to build up the young guys into strong roles in the USA cycling development program. We need to support each other’s shops, coaching, and teams. We should empower each other by sponsoring teams, starting clubs, coaching and mentoring potential riders to grow the sport as a whole. I also believe that we can all get along within the unfair program that USA cycling is. Jackie Robinson did it in major league baseball, Marshall Taylor did it in cycling, and Arthur Ashe broke barriers on the pro tennis tour. More importantly we need to teach these young women and men how to handle the unfairness that they will face. For instance I was relegated to the back of the peloton in an important road race for something I didn’t do. I simply told the official I will be back at the front for the sprint, and that he was being unfair. Oh, and I did call out a rider for doing what he said I did as he was looking at the infraction and I asked him if he was breaking the rule too. All I got was a smile and a keep it up and you’ll be kicked out of the race. In the end I finished fourth. Sure I wanted to be first, but I just graciously congratulated the winner and the podium spots that I missed out on by a fraction of a second. Sure I felt bad, but in the end of the day God kept me rubber side down and got me all the way back to the front of a big field of riders within the last 5 miles.
I think that USA cycling needs to develop a raw talent development search in inner city camps. Sure they have camps, but this is for kids that are already in the sport. This is for kids that parents can afford to get them into probably the most expensive sport I’ve ever been involved in. As a certified coach and racer for several years now, I wrote a letter asking if USA cycling had any budget for raw talent searches such as that. I asked if they had coaches willing to work with a program like that and would they be willing to look into it for the future… No response. I write Jock Boyer who started the Rwandan team and the program invites the idea of having folks come out to develop riders. I think of newer national teams like Rwanda where some of the first members are now on some of the first UCI teams representing Africa, simply by being found on operating bike cabs. Until USA cycling is willing to look at development in a true non-profit form and make cycling a sport accessible to everyone, we will never reach the heights of the speed of the development of cyclist from the other countries. In an extremely short period of time look at their program, their budget, and what they have accomplished. Now look at USA cycling, their budget, their program, and where it is as compared to the time it has been about. If they used an approach of finding the best talent period, it may see a speedy progression world ranked riders, which equates to money. I think that even if it is a super small budget, USA cycling should spend time seeding the kids that would never get a chance to experience road cycling, mountain bike racing, and track cycling. Even if it only produces mediocre cyclist, it has grown the sport to an audience that have forgotten about or omitted.
In the in end I don’t really think USA cycling “hates” black people. I do believe that there is still some inequality in the sport directed towards minorities and females. I know that individuals within the governing body do have a hatred for minorities, whether it is up front or undercover. Finally I would like for them to release the findings of how they came to the findings that Mr. Bahati should be suspended. I would like to know what the standards that they use are. I would like to know the entire process of how a rider is fined or suspended and what constitutes what. If in the end, if it is left up to a few people sitting in Colorado Springs taking word of mouth testimony from the people that pay them (sponsors, teams, corrupt/bias officials, and event promoters), then I question their creditability to truly govern our sport fairly in a way that progresses it.