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Title:

UCI Road Commission: spotlight on women

Date:

23.08.2013

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The continued development of women’s cycling was one of the important topics discussed at the UCI Road Commission meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday.

In order to ensure that the women’s point of view was correctly represented, the Commission invited Marianne Vos and Tracey Gaudry to participate in the discussions.

Both women have vast experience both as athletes and on the more administrative side of cycling. Olympic Champion and World Champion on the road as well as cyclo-cross World Champion, Marianne Vos is also a member of the UCI Athletes’ Commission. Tracey Gaudry, elected this year as President of the Oceania Cycling Confederation, is a former athlete who won multiple Australian Championship titles and finished third overall in the UCI Women Road World Cup in 1999.

“It was extremely helpful and enlightening to have input from two prominent figures in women’s cycling,” said UCI Road Coordinator Matthew Knight. “What was very encouraging is that we have the same vision and are working together towards common goals.”

The Commission agreed to appoint a working group dedicated solely to women’s road cycling which will meet regularly to address specific issues that can contribute to the growth of women’s cycling. In the short term these issues include the possibility of changing the format of the UCI Women Road World Cup, of creating a first division of women’s teams and long term considerations, such as introducing minimum wages for team members.

UCI Project Manager Andrea Marcellini said that in order to make the right decisions to continue the positive development of women’s cycling, the UCI would consult with all involved parties.

“We need advice from teams, riders, event organisers and National Federations on any new directions that we take,” she said.

During the Road Commission, Marianne Vos reiterated her desire to see more men’s and women’s events being raced side by side. She also expressed her desire to one day finish on the Champs-Élysées.

It would also be very interesting to introduce parallel men’s and women’s racing at the UCI Juniors Nations’ Cup.

“When we talk about equality in cycling, it should start at Junior level,” points out Andrea Marcellini.

Photo: Marianne Vos took part in the UCI Road Commission meeting 

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