Limar Italia is a proud supporter of Stamina Racing Collective. We sat down (virtually) with team member, Madilynn Garcia to learn about what makes Stamina unique in the cycling community.
What is Stamina Racing collective? What are your values and mission?
“Stamina Racing Collective is a non-profit based in Minneapolis, MN. Our goal is to strengthen and diversify the pipeline of FTW (femme/trans/women) cyclists through mentorship, community development, and accessibility."
What does a normal week for the collective look like?
“Our team divides up work between training/group rides, social media, and development/community programming. We let the folks who are excited about an aspect of the work run with their ideas and the team is better for it. We share the workload related to team admin, which frees up space for us to train. Going into spring, we will have regular Tuesday night races and training, Wednesday night community/recovery rides, then longer endurance rides and bonding on the weekends. We’re lucky to have an awesome coach who takes into account our schedules and coordinates our workouts to meet our needs.”
How have you trained and stayed motivated during 2020?
“Training in 2020 combined with living in Minnesota is a different kind of task! Our team does a lot to encourage one another. Folks spent the winter training indoors with structured workouts from a coach and on Zwift. From the beginning of training until now, it’s been amazing to see that hard work pay off.”
What are some big goals for the team in 2021?
“This team has some serious go-getters. I love that we support each other’s goals, on and off the bike. Some folks are looking forward to finishing their first race or planning to complete a multi-day bike trip! Others are diving headfirst into cycling advocacy. We know that our work to diversify cycling doesn’t start or end on a racecourse, it’s a part of our communities and the industry at large.”
How can people get involved with Stamina – both as a member or supporter?
“If you’re in the Twin Cities area, connect and come ride with us! We’d love to see you on the trail with us, no matter how long you’ve been riding. For the folks who aren’t local, consider how to use your access and influence to welcome marginalized people into the biking community. Bikes are a tool to freedom and people deserve to feel like they belong, regardless of background, what they wear to a group ride, or how long they’ve been riding.”
What advice would you give to young people who want to get involved in cycling?
“There are so many awesome things to see and experience on a bike. Take a leap and get out there! You may discover that the journey is more difficult than you expected… you may also find that you’re stronger than you thought, too.”
Wise words indeed! Thanks Madilynn for your time and a great conversation!