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If there’s anything the past year has taught us, it’s that in every human being, there is the potential to fall in love with bikes. With our sport positioned to experience some unprecedented growth, there’s a lot of new focus on inclusivity. Our community is trying to break down stereotypes based on gender and race, and hopefully it’s opening some eyes and minds, but there are just as many pre-conceived notions about what body types belong on bikes. Marley Blonsky is a Seattle-based, relative newcomer to cycling who runs a blog that serves as a resource for fellow freshmen, but also fat cyclists specifically. That word “fat” is a word that Blonsky owns. She takes issue with the word “overweight” because it implies there is an optimal weight that some people are “over.” That’s just one of the statements that drew fellow fat cyclist, Kailey Kornhauser, to follow Blonsky. An Oregon State University grad student, Kornuauser recently found mountain biking after starting with commuting and bikepacking. So, last year, the two met up for a 7,500-foot, 60-mile point-to-point bikepacking route, and Shimano documented the prep and the journey. For all cyclists, fat or not, it’s a lighthearted testament that our sport has no weight limit.
The video marks the launch of a resource and discussion board on Blonsky’s blog. You can find it here.