The Rider Support Program

The Grounded Nebraska Rider Support Program is structured to fully support gravel race-curious riders to race and attend the event on June 25th. Established with rural and underserved riders in mind, priority support will be given to rider’s in rural areas and BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and WTF-NB cyclists to encourage more diverse participation in the sport of gravel cycling.

Working alongside our partners, we have pooled our resources to support the cyclists below. If you’d like to join us in supporting these athletes you can donate below.

Meet the 2022 team:

Kalyani Kannan (she/them)

Kalyani is from northeastern Iowa, and they started riding again in 2019 with a pre-loved multi-track bike.

What started as an occasional ride quickly snowballed into daily rides, and they undertook their first gravel tour in 2021. Cycling has given Kalyani an activity to honor their body, which she never thought to find after leaving college sports with lifelong injuries.

What started as an occasional ride quickly snowballed into daily rides, and they undertook their first gravel tour in 2021. Cycling has given Kalyani an activity to honor their body, which she never thought to find after leaving college sports with lifelong injuries.

Ajoa Abrokwa (she/her)

Ajoa is from the Philadelphia suburb, Colllingdale and started cycling during the pandemic.

Primarily exploring road cycling, Ajora was the first African American Muslim Woman at Tour of the Dairylands, is a squad member for Philly Bike Expo, and an ambassador with Outride.

She uses cycling as a tool to help eliminate stereotypes and bring people together that otherwise probably would not take the time to connect.

 

Eli Kosko (they/them)

Eli grew up in the Flint Hills of Kansas, has previously lived in Los Angeles and now resides in Kansas City. From LA they watched gravel riding take off in their hometown and spread across the country. Spurred on by an entry into the Unbound 100 in 2019/2020, they began to grow their relationship with cycling and testing out gravel riding as a new avenue for getting out of civilization and connecting with nature.

Throughout this cycling journey Eli has found a sense of peace and calm in gravel riding. If given the chance, they would spend all day long out their bike taking in the scenery and tackling hills and unmaintained roads. They hope that cycling will continue to take them all over the country (and beyond), and are excited to see where this beautiful relationship with biking will continue to lead them. 

Pati Gomez (she/her/ella)

Pati is a community organizer, youth bike instructor, and mechanic from the windy city, Chicago. Riding started out as a necessity for Pati as she commuted throughout the city, but it turned into a lifestyle change.

Over the years, cycling has given Pati the freedom to explore and is a tool to help her maintain her mental health, meet new friends, and enjoy life one ride at a time!

Anna Truong (she/her/hers)

Anna is a Minneapolis resident who started mountain biking and road cycling a few years ago. As a self-proclaimed competitive person, Anna jumped straight into racing and would often be the only woman of color at the start line.

Guarina Lopez (she/her/hers)

While Guarina is new to racing, the Washington D.C. resident has spent over 25 years commuting via bike. A community activist, Guarina started a virtual community, Native Women Ride, to connect, support, and ease access to racing for her fellow Native cyclists.

Cycling keeps Guarina connected to the community in a way that cars never can, as her bike has been an extension of her body for most of her life.

Proud Partners of the Rider Support Program