#WATWB: There’s a First for Everything

For the September edition of We are the World Blogfest, I am focusing in on a cyclist who has become the first tribally recognized Native North American to participate in the Tour de France, a multiple stage bike race, which was held from August 29 to September 20, 2020. The modern-day edition of the Tour de France consists of 21 day-long segments (stages) over a 23-day period and cover around 3,500 kilometers (2,200 mi), an average of about 167 kilometers (105 mi) each day.

The cyclist’s name is Neilson Powless, 24 years of age, one-quarter Oneida Indian, who lives in California. He rides for UCI WorldTeam EF Pro Cycling and you can read his story and about him HERE and HERE.

The Oneida Indian Nation tribe is headquartered in New York, where the tribe originated and held its historic territory long before European colonialism. Three other federally recognized Oneida tribes operate in locations where they migrated and were removed to during and after the American Revolutionary War: One in northeastern Wisconsin in the United States, and two in Ontario, Canada.

Neilson did well for his first time at the Tour de France and shared this tidbit:

“My main hope is that I can be a positive role model for young indigenous kids who have a lot going against them. I think finishing the Tour de France is a testament to years of hard work and dedication to a lifelong dream. Hopefully I can help drive kids to setting their mind to a goal and going after it.”

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14 responses to #WATWB: There’s a First for Everything

  1. Dan Antion says:

    In addition to simply being a role model, I think showcasing a challenge that takes a long time to meet, is a great lesson. Everything today seems instant. Even the fact that the race takes so long is a good lesson.

  2. Bohemian says:

    Long term commitment and goals is indeed an excellent lesson to impart. For the young Native Americans having that Positive Role Model is very validating and important. My Dad was Native American and one of the only members of his Family to permanently move off the Reservation so we had many more opportunities than my extended Family on his side had and more Positive influences. It shows in how our lives turned out compared to the unfortunate circumstances of my Native American Cousins and their Children and Grandchildren. My Dad was an excellent role Model for every Young Person he ever knew, they all had great respect for him and he became surrogate Family to most of them. Bravo to this Young Man for wanting to be a Mentor and for following his Dreams and accomplishing them!

  3. Susan Scott says:

    I loved reading your link to the story Mary thank you. Definitely a role model who advocates for hard work and perseverance in achieving his goals, especially when discriminated against in one way or the other, and in amidst covid-19. Great #WATWB post! And have a lovely weekend 🙂

    • bikerchick57 says:

      This is another example of why, as humans, we need to look past ethnic heritage or differences and embrace what people can do or become if given the opportunity. There are so many with talent and determination that will make this a better place to live.

  4. I knew someone who was a professional cyclist and the hardwork and dedication it takes, is life consuming. Add the pressure of being a role model, just makes his success all the more impressive.Thanks so much for sharing and for being a part of #WATWB! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!😊

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks, Belinda, for confirming how difficult professional cycling can be and the dedication it takes. I hope Neilson has a very long and successful career in cycling or whatever else he may tackle.

  5. Shilpa Garg says:

    This is such a beautiful story with a powerful message. May Neilson continues to inspire and impact lives and help bring a positive change around him. More power to him!

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