Life blurs together. We try to make sense of it. We try to define spaces, carve out time, create balance. The experiences and situations of the last several years have created a deep crevasse that many of us have fallen into. What’s been more evident than ever before is the need for connection: the unmasked smile, the group ride, a laugh with friends.
One of the most difficult things about dealing with mental health is starting — finding the motivation to take that first step. Our lives rarely follow a straight line, and they're never as simple as black and white. UNITY 2023 is a physical representation of the circuitous journey each individual navigates.
The jersey design reflects that life will always be messy, and the lines we use to define our day will never be straight. The color, texture, and light in our lives — our connections and our community — are what provide support and solidarity to begin, and to keep going.
100% of this year’s jersey profits will support two mental-health focused non profit partners (chosen by you at checkout); NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Health, based in the United States or WHO European Framework for Action on Mental Health based in Europe.
UNITY 2023 takes all the versatility and function of Velocio's Signature Jersey and attaches it to a campaign for supporting those struggling with mental health.
There's no simple answer or straight line to addressing mental health. It's a series of messy and mixed emotions, punctuated by bright spots of connection and joy. A journey that is reflected in the UNITY 2023 design.
Printed on the same versatile design as Velocio's renowned Signature Jersey, the UNITY SE offers an exceptionally functional reminder to continue moving forward.
Join Velocio on May 31 for any of three virtual rides to unlock the UNITY Jersey in game.
The following stories were shared by our ambassadors, detailing their personal experiences and helping reduce the stigma around openly discussing mental health.
Aashild has struggled with mental health for as long as she can remember, battling fatigue, insecurity, and social exclusion.
Cycling changed her life.
Bjorn is a photographer who regularly deals with imposter syndrome. Jana can't calm down and is constantly stressed.
Together, cycling helps them find peace and work through their challenges.
Jack struggles with depression and Obsessive Personality Disorder.
Cycling is the first tool in his toolbox to combat his darker moods.
Beau grew up in an abusive environment that has left a lasting impact of anxiety, depression, and body dysmorphia.
Cycling has enabled him to challenge his mental struggles and push beyond their most damaging effects.