Erick Cedeño

Erick Cedeño

Outdoor Outreach

Biking for change

meet erick

Erick Cedeño was born in Panama City and raised in Miami. He graduated from Bethune-Cookman University. His philosophy is to explore everything. He has set out to do just that but on two wheels. After a bicycle tour from Vancouver to Tijuana, he traveled from Miami Beach to New York City. In 2014 and 2020 he rode from New Orleans to Niagara Falls, following the historic path of the Underground Railroad. Erick serves on the board of directors for Bikepacking Roots and the Adventure Cycling Association.

Biking for change
Nominated by: Alexa Sutton Lawrence FN'14
Class of 2022 Location USA

My mother has been my biggest inspiration. She would encourage me, and she never limited my curiosity to see the world. When I was 12, she took me to explore the history and temples of the Mayan and Aztec civilizations, which changed me to the core, and I realized my wandering spirit. In 2011, I embarked on a bicycle tour from Canada to Mexico just to see if I could do it. In the past 12 years, I have traveled over 50,000 miles across the U.S.A. on several bicycle tours.

The most meaningful aspect of my work has been seeing the messages and email that come from people from all over the world who are inspired to travel and explore by bicycle. Speaking at an elementary school, where the teacher had shared a video of some of my journeys, I was able to share with children about exploring without limitations the way my mother taught me. This is priceless and it gives me a sense of meaning to the work I have done.

“The outside is for everyone.”

- Erick Cedeño

A larger passion project for 2022 is an ambitious plan to retrace the route/history of the All-Black, bicycle-mounted 25th Infantry known as The Buffalo Soldiers. On June 14, 1897, from Fort Missoula to St. Louis, their mission was to test bicycles for the army as a potential replacement for horse mounted cavalry. I plan to reconstruct the route and cover it in 35 days.

The impact of my work has been to empower others to explore with the bicycle, especially women and people of color, making it normal in the future to see people of color camping out and exploring the outdoors —because outside is for everyone.

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