Reggie Miller is ready to ride into history – quite possibly leading a record setting ride for the biggest Zwift ride ever – during this Saturday’s Ride With Reggie. I asked the NBA Star, sports commentator and avid cyclist 3 questions about this weekend’s Ride With Reggie fundraiser and world record attempt.
Pez: Reggie – What motivated you to support this cause?
Reggie: I’ve spent the majority of my life in and around – and dedicated to – the sport of basketball. It will always be a part of who I am, but since I retired from the NBA as a player, I’ve discovered cycling. And not just discovered, but really taken to it. I now ride as much as I can, train and race regularly, and have found a really great community within the sport. But cycling has a big opportunity to increase its diversity, and I believe that we as a community need to do everything we can to encourage others to join, to welcome and have conversations with those who may not have previously considered cycling as an activity, an outlet, or a lifelong sport. I simply want to make this sport I now love more welcoming and inclusive to others, and I believe this effort is a step in the right direction.
Pez: What change do you hope to inspire?
Reggie: Honestly, when we first began talking about the idea, I thought there’s no way we’re going to get enough folks who want to join a virtual ride just to ride with me. But then I realized it was much bigger than that, and that the ride was representative of a community that wants – and is welcoming – more inclusion. We’ve all heard different folks from within the cycling industry say ‘we need more diversity’, and they’re absolutely right, but we need to enact this change. This ride represents the opportunity for us to come together and say ‘yes, we do want more diversity in cycling’ and offers us the opportunity to join an event, a movement, and to do something about it.
Every person I’ve reached out to, without exception, when asking for their support and to join me in the ride, for them to help us spread the word, for them to recognize and contribute to this initiative, has responded with a resounding ‘yes, absolutely, I’m in!’
The fact that it is tied to a tangible cause, something that everyone not only visualize but can understand the importance of, makes it even more powerful. The creation of cycling programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities is a perfect cause and recipient of the funds we raise. What better way to increase diversity in our sport than welcoming a new generation of cyclists into our sport?
And, in the spirit of collectively making change, we’re asking everyone to donate $2 to the development of these programs. It’s quick, painless, and allows everyone to play a part. Please consider donating here: https://connect.clickandpledge.com/w/Form/e5c31167-7c19-4e4b-9964-9c785d2158eb?637705141981609547
How often are you Zwifting – and can other Zwifters see when you are riding & and join you?
Reggie: I live in California, where the weather is beautiful and perfect for riding outdoors the majority of the year. I have trails and gravel roads close to home and which are easily accessible, so I am fortunate enough to be able to ride outdoors a lot. That said, I’m a big fan of Zwift, and like that it offers alternatives on rainy days, or when I might be short on time and want to get in a quick spin. Plus, it’s a lot of fun.
I do have a profile (Reginald Miller) and folks can see me when I ride. And for the Nov 6 Ride With Reggie event, I’ll be there wearing the jersey that Castelli created specifically for the event (which you can wear in game and also buy in real life, with all the proceeds going to the cause). I’ll also be wearing a Kask helmet, Fizik shoes, and riding a Moots bike with ENVE wheels, which everyone can ride during the event, and if you finish the ride, you unlock and get to keep the jersey and shoes in your virtual wardrobe.
It’s been a great project, and it’s for a great cause, so please join us on the ride this Saturday! https://www.zwift.com/eu/events/view/2374952
RIDE & EVENT DETAILS
Reggie Miller (ex-NBA all-star, hall of fame athlete, and current NBA broadcaster who happens to be a HUGE cycling fanatic) will lead the ride, and be joined by an all-star cast of athletes and teams, to raise awareness and funding for diversity in cycling and attempt to set a World Record for most riders on the Zwift platform on a single ride.
A lot of you will know Reggie Miller not from cycling, but as a former NBA hall of fame all-star, and NBA broadcaster. And if you don’t know him yet, he’s a guy with some solid celebrity power using it for positive change – bringing awareness and raising funds to support more diversity in cycling. Oh – and he’s also an avid cyclist.
SET A WORLD RECORD OF ZWIFT PARTICIPATION AND RAISE FUNDS TO DEVELOP CYCLING PROGRAMS AT HBCUS (Historically Black Colleges & Universities)
A truth is that road cycling as we know it – (that’s you & me dear PEZ fans) is just not a very diverse sport- racially or otherwise. It’s no lie that we’re living in turbulent times that sometimes look like the growing apart is pulling stronger than the pulling together movement. But I for one believe that the whole is always greater than the sum of its parts, so bringing more people – regardless of race, culture, color, sexual orientation and whatever else will make cycling a whole lot better place to be. It even make your local ride, and possibly even the world, a better place too.
To that – Reggie Miller is leading a ride on ZWIFT on Saturday November 6th , and you’re invited to join what could be the largest ever Zwift ride (current record is around 20,000 riders).
The cost is free (although you’ll need to be on the Zwift platform), but opportunities to donate funds are available from sponsors like Castelli, who are selling special kits made just for this ride and donating proceeds to the cause.
Ride With Reggie – Fast Facts
- RWR is a Zwift event which will take place Nov 6 at 7:00am PDT / 10:00am EST / 2:00pm GMT. See the ZWIFT link here.
- The goal of the ride is two-fold:
- Raise awareness and funding for diversity in cycling, with funds specifically being used to create cycling programs at HBCU’s, so really exposing a new generation to cycling.
- Set a World Record for most riders on the Zwift platform on a single ride, which currently stands at just over 20k riders.
- Money will be raised through the sale of jerseys, which Castelli designed specifically for this event (jerseys will also be available in-game/during Zwift ride), Head Thingies, and anyone can donate $2 to the cause, with the underlying belief that together we can make a meaningful difference.
- The ride itself will be 3 loops of the 2015 Richmond UCI World Championship course, and we anticipate it taking approximately 90 minutes. All riders are welcome and encouraged to join, even if they can only make the first loop.
- Partners on board to help promote the event include Castelli, who will be hosting a sweepstakes as an additional way to incentivize and reward those who participate, with prizes including complete Castelli kits, a Moots frameset, ENVE wheels, Fizik shoes and saddles, Kask helmets, KOO sunglasses, and a Wahoo training system.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH 7:00AM PDT / 2:00PM GMT 30.3 MILES
FIND OUT MORE & DONATE HERE:
More info at https://www.castelli-cycling.com/ca/ride-with-reggie