Stories of Commitment: The Black Foxes
text by: Jalen Bazile
In June of 2021, The Black Foxes (TBF), an international collective of Black cyclists reclaiming their narratives in the outdoors, came together for a bikepacking trip in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tennessee and the ancestral lands of the Cherokee, Yuchi, and Miccosukee nations.
The trip celebrated our collective work across the globe and within the cycling and outdoor industries. We chose bikepacking, a form of outdoor recreation that blends overnight backpacking with off-road cycling, for our first annual trip because it was new to many of us and others had wisdom to share. The chance to travel off-grid and sleep overnight under the stars provided space to closely bond and reflect on how far we came in our first year.