IF THE CYCLING community in our area has a heart, it beats within your chest.
Five years ago, I wanted to start a bike messenger company. I reached out to influential leaders in cycling seeking advice on how to do it. I was 24, clueless, and full of ambition. Nobody would take me or my aspirations seriously. Except you. I had heard of your blog, Cyclelicious, and was floored when you agreed to meet with me, a complete stranger. You provided contacts that would facilitate my desire to create a career out of riding a bicycle. As my passions began to take flight, you never ceased supporting me. While riding to and from work, you would tell your fellow commuters how their employers should be using my company’s services for interoffice deliveries. At trade events you would tell every industry rep you met that they should be sending their product to my couriers for testing.
Before I even knew what was happening, I had contract requests in my inbox from large tech companies, as well as sponsorship opportunities from cycling industry representatives. I was no longer perceived as a child with a bicycle. Instead, I was recognised as an adult who was changing the world.
Even in my darkest hours, when I experienced backlash after speaking out against racism in my local cycling community, you stood by me and chose to listen. Through your support, I was able to push through the hate and reaffirm that my efforts had not been in vain.
Because of your influence, my company now manages 10 couriers across our area.
Even with all I’ve accomplished over the past four years, I still find myself unable to repay you for all that you’ve done for me.
What I can do is let the entire world know that my dreams became reality because of the acts of one selfless human being. There is no- one I admire or respect more than you. CAIN RAMIREZ is the CEO of Cowgirl Bike Courier. RICHARD MASONER ( below) is the creator of the blog Cyclelicious.