22 01, 2015

WCA Accelerates Global March toward Equality in Women’s Pro Cycling

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Olympic Cyclists Join WCA Board of Directors, WCA speaks out on position of UCI in regards to women’s pro cycling

New Board Members include: Olympians, Emma Pooley(Great Britain); Dotsie Bausch (USA), Inga Thompson (USA), Marion Clignet (France), Georgia Gould (USA), and Lea Davison (USA), and other World Class athletes who are on board to lend a strong voice to the fight for equality in women’s pro cycling. (Click to view WCA Board of Directors).

The WCA is on the verge of something obviously unprecedented in cycling and following in the footsteps of the great women’s leaders of our time for equality in sport”, said new WCA Board Member Dotsie Bausch. “I look forward to being able to speak out loud and clear on the WCA mission and the opportunity to bring the WCA mission forward for the public to see and understand its power and mission.”

The newly elected diverse and internationally represented BOD joins co-founders and current board members – Robin Farina, 2011 U.S. National Road Champion and BMW p/b Happy Tooth Dental Group cyclist; Janel Holcomb and Alison Tetrick, Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies cyclists, and Lauren Komanski, TWENTY16 p/b Sho-Air cyclist.

“The firepower and international diversity that the WCA is adding to its organization will ensure that women’s cycling will have a united voice and a plan for action to make positive improvements for the future of our sport,” stated WCA Chair of the Board, Janel Holcomb.

Global Strategic Plan
The WCA enlisted the counsel and expertise of Dr. Donna Lopiano, one of the most influential and powerful advocates for gender equality in sports. She is assisting the WCA to formulate its global strategic plan and restructure the organization. She has been [...]

16 01, 2015

The March toward Equality Doesn’t Have to be Slow!

By |January 16th, 2015|Advocate Equality, News|Comments Off on The March toward Equality Doesn’t Have to be Slow!|

This article originally appeared on VeloNews.com on January 16, 2015

By Janel Holcomb and Robin Farina

In his January 2015 VeloNews.com article, “Women’s movement: The slow march toward equality”, Matthew Beaudin characterized the women’s cycling movement as “filled with potential, largely unrealized,” heavily supporting the “We can’t change the sport overnight” position of UCI president Brian Cookson. Therein lies the problem – the attitude of “we can’t” versus “we will”.

The “right” questions beg to be asked:
• Is it the function of the UCI to advance cycling for everyone – males and females? Don’t we want everyone to cycle?
• If women or any subset of men and women cyclists are underrepresented, is it the responsibility of UCI to address such underrepresentation?
• Should the world cycling community expect the governing board and committees of UCI to be equally composed of males and females using 100% of the talent available instead of just half of our population to advance the mission of the organization?
• Where is the financially-supported action plan to grow women’s cycling, to increase media attention and elevate sponsor attractiveness? The voicing of an organization’s commitment to gender equality or advancing women’s cycling goes nowhere without a corresponding investment of time, energy and resources and a clear strategic plan dictating the path to be traveled by the organization.

The answers to these questions are important. As important is the need to identify and shatter many of the myths holding back the development of women’s cycling. For instance, contrary to popular thought, the viewership and readership of women’s cycling is not a function of public interest. Rather it is the outcome of a lack of persistent intentional promotion by cycling teams, national and international cycling [...]

9 01, 2015

Featured Rider – Iris Slappendel

By |January 9th, 2015|Featured Rider, News, Road|Comments Off on Featured Rider – Iris Slappendel|

The Women’s Cycling Association showcases inspiring riders from the women’s cycling community. This week we’re excited to feature 2014 Dutch National Road Race Champion and new WCA Board of Director member, Iris Slappendel.

WCA: How long have you been riding?

Iris: Since I was 16. So that’s 13 years already.

WCA: What has been your most memorable experience in the sport?

Iris: Junior World Championships in Hamilton, Canada. It was my first encounter with professional cycling and the whole event made a big impression on me. It was also the moment I realized I was good at this sport, and winning the bronze medal was a big motivation to take it more seriously.

WCA: Do you have a favorite race. If so, why?

Iris: Tour of Flanders. Heroic race, beautiful course and great ambiance.

WCA: What challenges have you faced in cycling?

Iris: Lots of issues with teams and sponsors. Like sponsors pulling out halfway the season. Or teams quitting (without notice) just before the end of November (UCI deadline). Until 2010 I combined study and a part time job with my cycling career which was quite hard.

WCA: What do you enjoy most about the sport?

Iris: Cycling is freedom. Everyday in cycling you have to push and beat yourself. On the bike, you really fight against the elements and at the same time you are one with them.

I also enjoy the amount of time I spend outdoors riding. I get to experience each season to its fullest and I look forward to the variety of my training that comes with each season.

WCA: What are your goals in cycling?

Iris: Keep improving myself, and winning a monument like Flanders would also be great! Bring attention to women’s cycling and make exciting races together!

WCA: What [...]

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