At the Black Cyclists Network (BCN), Our aim is to connect cyclists from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) background. We also want to use our platform to encourage people of colour to take up cycling. We are a majority BAME club, But don’t let that put you off. We are an inclusive group. We welcome supporters and members from all backgrounds who share our vision.
Black Cyclists Network (BCN) Limited (company number 12972088) is a commercial company limited by shares. BCN was founded in 2018 by Mani Arthur. Our goal is to get people from Black, Asian, and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds to get into cycling. We are a progressive and inclusive organisation consisting of cyclists of all backgrounds, united by a mission to encourage people of colour around the world to take up cycling. BCN generates revenue through the sale of club merchandise, membership fees, sponsorship, and grants.
Our goals over the next 12 months is to:
Under BCN Commercial Company
i. Manage the BCN race team. Britain’s first Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) competitive cycling race team, in all competitions.
ii. Lobby cycling’s governing bodies such as British Cycling and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) to take an active stance against racism and improve diversity within cycling.
iii. Establish BCN Chapters around the world
iv. Generate revenue through sales of club merchandise, membership fees and sponsorships.
Under BCN Foundation (Charity)
v. Support the activities of BCN Cycling Club in the UK. The club will generate revenue through grants and sponsorship.
vi. Establish BCN chapters in other parts of the UK.
vii. Provide coaching at grassroots level for children and adults. Provide equipment for talented prospects from low income households.
viii. Support a network of cycling clubs in developing countries.
Our goals over the next three year is to:
i. Professionalise and grow our charitable foundation.
ii. Establish BCN chapters around the world.
iii. Establish a Pro-continental men’s race team made up of mostly BAME athletes.
iv. Establish a competitive women’s race team made up of mostly BAME athletes.
v. BCN in the Community: Continue the work of the grassroots initiative formed in year one by professionalising the initiative into a BCN in the community project to develop and support talented young cyclists with aspirations of becoming professionals. This project will also include education. Visits to schools to talk about the benefits of cycling to mental and physical health.
vi. Ongoing lobbying of the cycling industry to promote diversity and take an active stance against racism and improve diversity within cycling.
BCN has one full-time employee, founder Mani Arthur, who devotes all reasonable hours to developing BCN and in return receives a basic income commensurate with the cash flow generated by the company, plus essential expenses incurred in fulfilling duties. The founding director is supported by Greg Patmore (Chief Commercial Officer) and James Gray (Operations Manager) and events and other activities are facilitated by a range of volunteer members.