A walk that started to heal a broken heart has become a national body inclusive movement

Today, Blonsky, a former environmental logistics manager, is the co-founder of All Bodies on Bikes and a pioneer of the body size inclusion movement in the cycling world.

Blonsky works with the cycling industry to design activewear that fits larger bodies, to create inclusive cycling groups across the country and to encourage people of all sizes to get on and ride their bikes.

In 2013, Blonsky was newly divorced, living in Seattle and working as a Global Environmental Manager at Expeditors International.

“I was single, 26 years old and trying to figure out who I was,” she recalled. “I sold my car and I was taking the bus. From my seat I could see all these people riding their bikes. It looked really nice.”

His first trip was a disaster.

“On my first commute to work my panniers (bike bags) fell off my bike in the middle of the road!” He laughed at the memory. “I didn’t have the right clothes. I was over the weight limit on the bike and I was constantly breaking parts.”

Eventually, Blonsky found a steel bike with no weight limit. Then “everything fell into place,” he said.

“I realized I could go across town,” he said. “I started camping on my bike, going on long weekend trips and adventuring to places I wouldn’t have done before.”

His new lifestyle coincided with his corporate work, where he was developing sustainability practices for some of the world’s most recognized brands. Blonsky’s work saved thousands of gallons of water, diverted tons of waste from landfills, and reduced the carbon footprint of many companies’ transportation operations. Now, he was reducing his carbon footprint while finding a new passion.

“My body has power.”

At first, Blonsky said, cycling became a form of therapy.

“It was everything,” he said. “It became a place where I could cry and think about things. I was in survival mode, I had to figure out the legality of my divorce and tell our families. It was a calming place for me. As I healed through that trauma,.” I could meditate and cycle.’

The more he cycled, the stronger he felt. Over time, Blonsky began riding 60+ mile rides and became an endurance cyclist, a recognition that completely changed his relationship with his body.

“I was always too big for airplane seats, too big for school desks, now my body has power.” Cycling, she said, “was the first time my body wasn’t a problem but an asset. I found strength and liberation. I could be completely myself. I could be.”

Blonsky realized for the first time in his life that “I didn’t have to change anything about my body.”

Marley Blonsky wants to encourage people of all sizes to get on their bikes and ride.

Body Inclusion for All

Unable to find cycling clothing that fit his body type, Blonsky set out to change industry standards.

“I realized that all the obstacles I was facing, other people were facing,” he said.

Blonsky partnered with cycling activist Kailey Kornhauser to host a workshop at a cycling summit, then invited them to other conferences, started a Facebook group with more than 8,000 members, organized sponsored rides and became the subject of a short documentary All. Bodies on Bicycles.

“It’s been a rocket,” Blonsky said. “I’m setting an example for other people by being visible. Being a resource is the biggest contribution I’m making.”

Today, Blonsky is a full-time consultant to the cycling industry, working to expand clothing sizes for larger bodies. He works every day and rides his bike from his new home in Bentonville, Arkansas, known as the “Biking Capital of the World” for its 28 miles of mountain bike trails. His whole life, he said, is built around the bike.

“I don’t care if someone is cycling to lose weight or to have fun,” he said. “I want it to be empowering. I just want people to find joy.”