It’s pretty crazy, but bike races in Europe have major prize differentiations between women and men – and it runs across different kinds of racing. Last week there was a great “first” – the Koppenbergcross became the first European C1 cyclocross race to offer equal prizes, and it’s especially interesting because the money behind it – just €5,000! – was put up by Twenty20 Cycling, a 2-shop bike company based in Baltimore USA. So political, I love it, the fact it takes a USA bike shop to bring this step towards equality to Europe!
Kona rider Helen Wyman has been instrumental in making this happen, and I interviewed her last week on Podium Café about the process, the politics, and why it means so much more than just money. More things you might like to read about this include:
- The Koppenbergcross’ announcement
- The press release on Twenty20’s website
- Helen’s announcement on her site and her blog about her thoughts on her own site.
Here’s hoping that other cyclocross races follow suit – and the road races with women’s and men’s editions, like Flèche Wallonne, Omloop het Nieuwsblad and Ronde van Vlaanderen step up too.
Update! Here’s this week’s GCN News video, with Helen talking about all this