(Boulder, CO) –
The Foundation wishes to recognize the date of October 3rd, in honor and commemoration of the passing of Amy Dombroski, who the world lost eight years ago to the day. The Foundation was created in honor of Amy, whose love for cycling and life touched many people around the world. The Foundation’s mission is to build opportunities for women in the sport of cycling and to promote positive personal development. Despite the setbacks we encountered in 2020, which all but eliminated racing in the U.S., the Foundation is working to diversify the sport and provide a much needed bridge of support to athletes looking to move into the elite ranks of cycling with a multifaceted approach to the 2021-2022 seasons with Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives, the introduction of the ADF Equity and Opportunity Scholarship, the Big Ring/Breaking Barriers ADF Cyclocross race, and community cyclocross clinics hosted across the country.
Our goals are to foster development, equity, and representation in women’s cycling, and to create a safe space for all riders to actively engage in a sport we love. We strive to strengthen and diversify the participation of women’s cycling through our road, mountain bike, cyclocross, and gravel racing programs, mentorships, training camps, and community involvement. We engage with race promoters to advocate for equal prize money and increased racing opportunities for women. We offer ongoing support and mentorship for our former and current program participants to encourage personal growth and pursuit of long-term goals. We believe Black lives matter, transgender lives matter, queer lives matter. We support the inclusion of trans and non-binary athletes in cycling and condemn any and all acts of harassment, harm, and hate speech, especially in regards to competitiors in the women’s field.
Our work includes improving accessibility for cyclists who have historically experienced limited access to the sport. Increasing access to disproportionately impacted communities is part of our ongoing internal and external goals. We recognize structural racism, ethnic and gender-based discrimination and other forms of oppression have contributed to perpetual disparities in cycling. We understand and acknowledge that these disparities have existed in the past and persist into the present. We aim to be an active catalyst in changing the narrative. By prioritizing scholarship money for BIPOC, queer, trans, and low-income athletes to participate at the elite level, we aim to increase access and participation for all women to participate at the highest level of the sport. We are taking current action to diversify our Board of Directors to support, promote, and listen to BIPOC and LGBTQIA voices and lived experiences. In addition to our sponsors, we continue to accept donation program donors and funders with access to resources, privilege, and social capital to make it possible to offer these scholarships and programs.
With the cyclocross season already well underway, the Amy D. Foundation is seeking to support cyclocross riders looking to gain national experience in any race category with its Equity and Opportunity Scholarship based around the U.S. National Championships, December 7-12, 2021 in Dupage County, Illinois. The scholarships, reserved for three riders, will include entry fee, housing, flights, and on the ground mechanic and support staff while at cyclocross nationals.
The ADF Equity and Opportunity Scholarship will give women the opportunity to develop as athletes and to gain the knowledge and experience necessary to continue to excel at the sport. “We want to bring new energy into the sport and more representation which is so important for improving the state of women’s cycling and the sport as a whole” explained Executive Director, Julie Kuliecza. “We will be prioritizing BIPOC/LGBTQIA applicants to increase representation in the sport of cyclocross. We recognize that giving only riders in the elite category the opportunity for these scholarships may put limitations on our pool of applicants and may also put undue financial burden on riders as they must qualify for elite Nationals by gaining ProCX or UCI points to participate in elite nationals hence allowing women of any race category to apply. Our goal is to open the sport up to more riders and make it more inviting and accessible.” More information on the application as well as where to apply can be found here.
Additionally, in an effort to reconnect with the local cyclocross community which first helped launch The Amy D. Foundation in 2013, ADF, in conjunction with Big Ring, will host a two-day cyclocross event, October 22-23, 2021, at Lookout Mountain in Golden, Colorado. Registration for the event, Big Ring/ Amy D. Foundation Breaking Barriers CX, can be found here and is part of the Colorado Cyclocross Cup with 29 race categories to choose from. In addition, a portion of each entry fee will be donated to the foundation. A special pre-ride event on Friday, October 21 will be held with former Amy D. Foundation riders in attendance.
October will also bring about the start of the foundation’s community cyclocross clinics. These clinics, hosted across the country by former riders, will provide entry level riders a grasp on basic foundational cyclocross skills so that they may gain the confidence to race. The clinics with dates forthcoming, will be free, with donations to the foundation encouraged, and will also include prizes and schwag provided by sponsors.
The Amy D Foundation program will continue relationships with Lazer Helmets, Pedro’s Bike Care, CarboRocket, Grimpeur Brother’s Specialty Coffee, and Handle Bar Mustache Apparel. New clothing sponsors The Black Bibs and Starlight Apparel will provide kits, and The Rider Box will provide curated cutting-edge products in bi-monthly subscription boxes geared toward cyclists.
The Amy D. Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit based out of Boulder, CO. Donations to the Amy D. Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information or to contribute, go to amydfoundation.org or contact us via email at email@example.com