Gigi Carter

FEBRUARY 27, 2016: Indian Cycle of Ridgeland, Mississippi is a top a sponsor of Mississippi’s first exclusive all-women’s bike racing club, Nunchuck Bunnies. The team will now be referred to as Nunchuck Bunnies – Powered by Indian Cycle. Nunchuck Bunnies is a start-up, co-founded by Leigh Laney and Gigi Carter as a way to promote women in competitive cycling.

“Indian Cycle is honored to be the charter title sponsor of the Nunchuck Bunnies,” Jim Ballard of Indian Cycle. “We congratulate co-founders Leigh Laney and Gigi Carter on their initiative and foresight in the timely founding this exclusive all new women’s bike racing team. With our sponsorship of Nunchuck Bunnies, Indian Cycle continues our tradition of supporting and encouraging all cyclists at all levels. Indian Cycle extends best wishes to the Nunchuck Bunnies-Powered by Indian Cycle.”

Leigh Laney started her career out racing in triathlons in the 1980s. After a long career in having competed in triathlons, including the World Championship Ironman, Leigh turned her sights to bike racing. She is an avid criterium and time trial racer.

Gigi Carter started her athletic career later in life, shortly after her 40th birthday. Her initial focus was on running, but after being convinced to complete a long distance bike ride in Michigan for a charity (300 miles over 3 days), she started training for the event and became hooked on cycling. She enjoys road races and time trials, particularly long-distance events that test her endurance.

Nunchuck Bunnies is in the process of recruiting racing team members. Once fully staffed, the team expects to compete in races throughout Mississippi and Louisiana, as well as national races. “It can be a struggle in a male-dominated sport, so Nunchuck Bunnies wants to empower and encourage women in all levels of cycling,” said Leigh Laney. “I’m really looking forward to attracting and helping females of all ages, races and nationalities to be a part of this wonderful sport,” said Gigi Carter.

Various events will be planned throughout the year to promote and support Jackson area women cyclists in their racing endeavors. These events will help to connect interested and skilled racers, while empowering women and promoting a healthy lifestyle through cycling.


Indian Cycle


Telephone: (601) 899-9755


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Leigh Laney or Gigi Carter:


Twitter: @NunchuckBunnies