Thanks to the talents of Sarah Menzies of Let Media, we had a filmmaker on hand for our most recent trip to Afghanistan. She generously gave her time and skills to edit a behind the scenes peek at the gear drive to support the men’s and women’s cycling teams of Afghanistan. We are so excited to share this with the Mountain2Mountain community who helped make this happen, and hope you’ll share it with your community and networks to help us rally more support for these incredible cyclists as we rally for a second round of gear donation this fall, and are raising money to rent a minibus and driver so that the women’s team has safer transportation to and from training rides on the outskirts of Kabul. We hope you’ll be inspired by the women that dare to ride and be part of our next steps with the teams.
A big shout out to those that got involved to help the gear drive and support the Afghan Cycling Federation: Rise Above Cycles, Boulder Cycle Sport, Skratch Labs, Stan’s No Tubes, Molly Hurford, Liv/giant, James Huang, Michael and Donna Bettin, Inertia Racing, Polar Bottles, and all the other fantastic individuals and shops that sent us gear – we couldn’t have done this without! Huge shout out to Ky Hunter, who joined us briefly as our incredibly overqualified ‘bike mechanic’.
In addition – a huge thanks to the film crew that was part of this journey; Sarah Menzies, Whitney Conner Clapper, Claudia Lopez who along with myself as producer, make up the crew for the upcoming film, Afghan Cycles, about the Afghan National Women’s Cycling Team – the women that DARE TO RIDE! You made this trip pure joy!
Read more about the gear drive for the women’s national cycling team here!