The way I read it was she felt out of place where she moved to and got into biking. From there she has not had any issues wit anyone in our community.Ok. So I'm asking seriously. What is the issue in the piece? I think I have an idea. But in an attempt for clarity. Im sincerely asking. Is it that mountain bikers are racists? Or sexists? Or there isn't income equality in bike ownership?
She specifically said her professional field is difficult to find jobs in.I know it's considered taboo to disagree with anything at all in this subforum without having the approved chromosome arrangement, but really?
"I knew Mesa County had voted 64 percent Republican in the 2016 election. At the trailhead, I sat in the car for a long time before setting off, filled with trepidation."
Maybe she should go ride and live in a place that that's loaded up with Democratic voters instead? Like Chicago or Baltimore or NYC maybe. I'm sure that would be oh so much safer.
We'll let the WL moderators decide about that. Perhaps you are offended as compared to the article being offensive?The piece is offensive. It has no business being posted on this site . Its political, sexists and racial. And a sad excuse at hiding it. I have traveled many places to ride. Done my homework on many destinations regarding trail beta. Elevation, terrain which direction to ride a certain loop. Asked local advise. Determined when was the best time of year to ride But never once had I considered a counties voting statics when I go to ride somewhere.
It's no coincidence the piece was posted in the women's forum. It was posted in a so called "safe place". Where the type of people the piece accused of the in -justice would not be allowed to answer their accuser. And if the did voice an opposition, they would be labeled "creepy" for posting in a women's forum As is an Internet forum is a physical place where a creep could sneak into and spy on women
My point is the piece is political and has no place on this site. The piece isn't about mountain biking. That's just it's disguise to spread the writer's political views. She hides behind race, and gender as to not be questioned. There is a place for a piece like that. The site it was published on is perfect for it. But MTBR is not that place. If politics are not allowed then they are not allowed. Offending someone politically , racially and with gender works both ways.
Rules are rules. If MTBR is only going to allow one side to voice a political opinion then the site has been corrupted.
Do it all the time, don't feel out of place at all on BB court. Just wish the n word wasn't used so much. Also I am in contact with the other 99% during the entire activity, MTB not so much, give me break.^^ Thanks for those, sounds interesting.
I would challenge some of the naysayers to go participate next weekend in a sport or event where they look different from 99% of the other participants. Perhaps it would give you greater insight into this woman's experience and story. Your comments are unwelcoming and unwelcome, and illustrate why some people might not be 100% comfortable MTB'g.
Well and good, but being so scared of Republicans that you have trouble getting out of your car simply because you're in a purple county honestly seems like more a mental health issue than a reflection of reality to me. Hopefully she gets to meet more people outside her comfort zone and manages to overcome some of her own biases.She specifically said her professional field is difficult to find jobs in.
I would tell the author to HTFU. That's my whole point.OMG. Someone feels out of place and that offends you? HTFU, there is nothing offensive in her story. She understandably feels out of place. She feels it, there is no arguing with that.
I would tell the author to HTFU. That's my whole point.
But let's play her game. She is offended. I'm offended at her bias towards and certain political party or ideology. I'm offended at her bias towards a certain skin color.
I have been riding bikes and doing many other sports in the mountains my whole life People in the mountains are some of, if not the most inclusive people there are.
Be honest. Any honest person can read through the lines and sees the authors intended message.
I'll decode it for you. White people, especially white Trump voters are racists. And it's wrong that some people have nicer bikes then others. We should all rides the same bikes.