Floyds of Leadville Racing supports Go4Graham Foundation

February 22, 2022 / Athlete News

Floyd’s of Leadville Racing is supporting the Go4Graham Foundation to raise mental health awareness and promote the tremendous positive impact that healthy physical activity like cycling can have on outlook and attitude.

Mental Health Awareness Month (May 1-31) raises awareness of depression, anxiety, and many other conditions caused by trauma or stress. The stigma associated with mental health issues compels individuals to hide or disguise their conditions out of fear of isolation and rejection. Go4Graham and Floyd’s of Leadville Racing aim to “Shred the Stigma” by providing open resources to knock down barriers in seeking help. When you’re racing along with others, the fear of stigma melts away with the miles because everyone rides together. Recognition, support, and acceptance are measured by miles, not by hidden differences.

“A great irony is that it’s easier to care about someone’s mental health when you aren’t thinking about their differences. Riders realize that everyone is different but cycling is what they all have in common. Stigma is abandoned and life gets better. It becomes really hard to ride a bicycle and be depressed and stressed at the same time” -FLR Member and Team Sponsor Floyd Landis
"As an athlete who struggled with mental health and recovered from it, it is my duty to share my story with others to show that there is a way forward. For me, working with a psychologist while being physically active was a winning combo - movement is also a form of medicine.” -FLR Member Geneviève Jeanson
“With so much happening in the lives of athletes, one element that is often overlooked is mental health. Go4Graham.org has an extensive set of resources available for those athletes in need, including myself. At the races, we look forward to engaging with other racers and fans to connect those in need with the resources they are looking for. Just come up and say hi. -FLR Member Taylor Lideen

For 2022’s Mental Health Awareness Month, Floyd’s of Leadville Racing and sponsor Borah Teamwear have created a limited edition bicycle racing kit to be a visible sign of their support. Providing the Go4Graham purple design to the public means everyone can showcase their awareness, too

“Working with Taylor and the other riders, we are encouraged by the team’s willingness to go beyond the usual interactions and be face-to-face in offering support. We know that exercise and physical activity is one of the most proven forms of prevention and treatment of mental health issues and that by working with Floyd’s of Leadville Racing we intend to raise this awareness directly within the racing community.” -Go4Graham Foundation CEO Will Stingley

National Mental Health Awareness Month was established in 1949 to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans' lives, and to celebrate recovery from mental illness.

Mental health is essential for a person's overall health. Prevention works, treatment is effective, and people can recover from mental disorders and live full and productive lives. Successful efforts like those of the Go4Graham Foundation have raised awareness since 2013 about the importance of mental health and promoted acceptance, support, prevention and recovery from mental health conditions