DIVERSITY in the world of cycling will be the topic at a two-day event in the autumn.

Held three months after the Women's Tour brought the world's best female cyclists to Oxford, organisers say Outspoken will look at the barriers faced by women, trans and non-binary people in the world of cycling.

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Jo Lankester, one of those running the event in September, said: “We fundamentally believe that the cycling industry would be improved if it were more diverse. 

“We also think there are some important conversations that need to be happening around how we can affect real change in our communities, break down barriers to entry and inspire more folks to enjoy cycling.”

Talks, workshops and film screenings on September 10 will be followed by women-led bike rides on September 11.

Endurance cyclist El Jaskowska, cycle courier-turned adventure author Emily Chappell and Vedangi Kulkarni, who aged 20 became the youngest person to cycle around the world, are among the speakers.

The event is sponsored by Oxford-based Velocity Cycle Couriers, the Cowley Road Condors cycling club and clothing brand Rapha.

Outspoken will be held at the Andrew Wiles Building, Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, on September 10 and 11. For more details and to buy tickets, visit: outspoken.mailchimpsites.com.

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This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as Oxfordshire's court and crime reporter.  

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