Sammi Runnels is a truly multi-talented cyclist. The 28 year old from Austin, Texas, started off as a bike messenger but quickly became a star of the fixed gear crit racing scene and has raced Red Hook Crits to great success around the world. You’ll also see her racing road or cyclo-cross, in colorful team kit or USA national team strip. Not just a colorful figure on the bike, the Industrial Design student is also a creator herself.
“While drawing this design I was thinking a lot about the unrest in my country over the murder of George Floyd and the on going police brutality against the black community.
Bicycles have long allowed for personal freedom. This is something the suffragist Susan B Anthony recognized in the late 19th century when fighting for the right to vote. She’s quoted calling the bicycle the freedom machine, yet all these years later our cycling community is still quite the boys club and not welcoming to people of color.
This design represents the change I want to see in the cycling community. I want to see more diversity and more women. We should all recognize that it is up to each and everyone of us to facilitate the kind of change we want to see, which can be done in many different ways. Maybe it’s simply making a new rider or racer feel welcomed in the space, maybe it’s calling out rude comments or injustices, or maybe it’s providing athlete support or hiring into a company. There are ways that everyone can make cycling a more welcoming and inclusive scene.”
Sammi is also known as Aunicornvomited on instagram, an account that I can definitely encourage you to follow if you need to be reminded why bike riding is so much fun!
There are 50 tees from this design, so stock is limited! For each t-shirt sold, 5 euro will be donated to The Cyclists’ Alliance where the money will be used to support pro and upcoming riders.
100% Organic ring-spun combed cotton tee. Neutral fit.