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Marlon Moncrieffe in his former elite racing days

School of Education lecturer tackling lack of diversity in British Cycling Hall of Fame

Dr Marlon Moncrieffe, a pathfinder in highlighting racism in elite cycling, has joined the panel which chooses inductees to British Cycling’s Hall of Fame.

The addition of new names to the Hall of Fame only occurs in Olympic years, and Dr Moncrieffe will join British world and Olympic champions on the selection body run by Britain’s national cycling body British Cycling. The Hall of Fame seeks to recognise individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to British cycling over the last 60 years.

Senior lecturer, Dr Moncrieffe, will draw on years of research into the often negative Black British experience in the sport to nominate outstanding Black British riders shut out of the country’s Olympic triumphs, including Maurice Burton, Russell Williams and Charlie Reynolds. Some of the Black cyclists on the latest nominee list gained their place with support from a public petition led by Dr Moncrieffe, which gained over 5000 signatures.

Earlier this year, Dr Moncrieffe created a new website – antiracismcycling.com – which explores Black experience and history in cycling. One early feature discussed the Black female experience with three up-and-coming British riders: British trio Charlotte Cole-Hossain, Danielle Khan, and Rhianna Parris-Smith. Dr Moncrieffe’s 2018 project Made in Britain: Uncovering the life-histories of Black-British Champions in Cycling, meanwhile, highlighted the achievements of an array of overlooked Black riders from past decades.

Dr Moncrieffe said:
“This is a strong move by British cycling, bringing together a diverse decision-making group at the highest level. I join a panel of former and current world-class cycling athletes, administrators, journalists and broadcasters for improving the narrative history of British cycling excellence via the nominees who together reflect the diversity of our British society, particularly via ethnicity and gender.”

Christina Camm • June 9, 2021


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