Join the Ride

Photo courtesy of Lyne Lamoureux


About the Women’s Cycling Association

The Women’s Cycling Association is a membership organization of women cyclists and supporters committed to developing and advancing the state of women’s cycling in the United States. The WCA seeks to unify and represent women cyclists and advocate on their behalf: to sporting governing bodies, race organizers, and team management. In the next year, the WCA will work toward meeting our platform goals by lobbying for equal rights for women cyclists, reviewing existing policies and advocating for changes, and networking with grassroots programs that provide support and guidance to cyclists . The WCA will use a variety of techniques, from developing relationships with governing bodies, teams, and race organizers and discussing practical changes, to utilizing media to raise awareness of topics and push for broader change. This lobbying requires your support. For just $35, you can be part of a movement to help elevate the state of women’s cycling.

Long-Term Goals

In the long term, we aim to work with supporters of women’s cycling to make the following advances for the sport:

  • Increase the number of professional races that include a women’s field.
  • Increase the breadth and depth of media coverage of pro women’s cycling.
  • Improve earnings for women’s fields, both through the establishment of a salary and through gender-equal prize purses.
  • Improve the return-on-investment for supporters of women’s cycling.
  • Support the development of amateur women by partnering with grassroots programs and facilitating mentorship for junior and developing riders.
  • Provide a unified voice for women’s cycling to communicate with the media and governing bodies.
  • Collaborate with governing bodies of the sport to work towards equality in cycling.

Our Story

In May, 2013 at the USA Cycling National Road Championships in Chattanooga, NOW and Novartis for MS team member, Robin Farina and Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies team member, Janel Holcomb, met briefly to discuss the idea of creating an organization to support women professional cyclists, in order to help grow the sport of cycling, and ensure sustainability in women’s cycling for the future. Janel knew Robin had been working on an idea and told her, “ it was the right time to strike; we have everyone’s attention.”

The movement began to gain momentum, and the next weekend on June 2, 2013, a small group of professional women cyclists met in Philadelphia to discuss how to create equality in women’s cycling through increased media exposure, equal prize purses, and a minimum salary structure which would allow women to focus on the sport of cycling as a viable career. As a result of the meeting in June, a strong group of six women from the professional peloton including; Robin Farina, Janel Holcomb, Jade Wilcoxson, Devon Gorry, Alison Tetrick, and Lauren Rauck Komanski, put their team allegiances behind them, and joined forces to propel the sport of women’s cycling forward with the creation of the WCA. In just two short months later, on August, 24, 2013, the Women’s Cycling Association held its official launch party in Colorado.

The WCA continues to work with cycling industry companies and organizations as well as media to grow the sport of cycling and ensure sustainability in women’s cycling for the future. Click HERE for more information and to view the WCA Milestones since the August, 2013 launch.