Thank you Mr. Wiggins!


I just want to share a video I just viewed on youtube.  I think Bradley Wiggins sums this up nicely.

Sadly, women have been complaining about this for years.  It’s great more and more men are coming forward to support how hard women work in the sport as well.

-Karen

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About Karen

Mid-life female amateur athlete focused on cyclocross, mountain biking, and road cycling. Always looking to see what is around the next bend in the road.

2 responses to “Thank you Mr. Wiggins!”

  1. bgddyjim says :

    The US has Pro women’s teams. Mountain and road race, what gives?

  2. Karen says :

    I believe he’s speaking of the UK–the Olympics really highlighted some of the remarkable talent coming from the women in cycling, especially from the UK. In Europe, men’s teams receive 18 TIMES the funding that women’s teams receive. In the States it’s not much better. Recently women in the states have fought to get equal prize money for international cyclocross races, led by Olympic Bronze Medalist Georgia Gould in this petition:

    A petition delivered to the UCI (cycling’s governing body) stated: “We, the undersigned, find it regrettable that there is a considerable disparity between the UCI minimum prize money for men and women. We understand that because competition in the men’s field is deeper, more places receive prize money. We do not understand why the women who are receiving prize money receive less than their male counterparts. Therefore we propose that the UCI show leadership and mandate equal prize money for the top five men and women. Article 3 of the UCI Constitution states: «The UCI will carry out its activities in compliance with the principles of: a) equality between all the members and all the athletes, license-holders and officials, without racial, political, religious or other discrimination.»[15] We ask the UCI to honor its commitment to equality.” Source: Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgia_Gould#Equal_Pay_for_Women_Cyclists

    It’s getting better, slowly. But the women train just as hard as the men, take the same risks of crash and injury. They should at least get the same in funding and prize money.

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