This winter and spring, Breckenridge based nonprofit, Mountain2Mountain, organized a gear drive nationwide. As the cycling gear piled up, Shannon Galpin's home began to look like an episode of Hoarders. Jerseys, helmets, shoes, seats, water bottles, even 6 six racing bikes - 350 pounds of gear in total got packed up and made the journey with us to Afghanistan.
Cycling is a burgeoning sport in Afghanistan, for both men and women. Mountain2Mountain is partnering with the Men's and Women's National Cycling Teams, and bringing this gear over was the first step in getting them better equipped for racing. Liv/giant stepped up a few days before we left and sent us over with carbon race bikes for the women's team. While the sport is new to Afghanistan for both men and women, it's the women in particular who are breaking huge barriers and challenging the cultural stereotypes that women don't ride bikes. These individuals dare to break down one of the last gender barriers and are doing it on two wheels, inspiring girls around the world.
As we build our partnership with the men's and women’s Afghan cycling teams, we are continuing to collect gear as well as donations that will help us transport the gear. Mountain2Mountain will return this fall with the second round of carbon bikes and donated cycling gear and plan to work with the women’s team to further develop their coaching, fitness, and bike handling training skills.
To help support the sport of cycling in Afghanistan and show your support for the men and women that dare to ride, please visit mountain2mountain.org/donation.
From both the women’s and men’s teams of Afghanistan and Mountain 2 Mountain, thank you!
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