Kevin Reza’s views on racism in the pro peloton
French cyclist Kevin Reza is the first to admit that he is no superstar. And although he has won a bronze medal in the French national championships and has been selected to the French national team, Reza, who turned professional in 2012, knows that he is very much one of the sport’s journeymen. But he is also Black in what has historically been a very white sport. Over the years, Reza generally gives the sport high marks when it comes to racism. And even though he has been the victim of racial slurs on two occasions during races, he insists, “I don’t think that the majority of the peloton is racist…far from it!” But there is a certain disconnect with Reza’s own experience, and the racial injustice he is seeing around the world. And he is looking for a way to address such issues in a positive way as a modest but respected professional.