Tuesday, February 18, 2014

2014 - the Year of Women Cyclists

Women Cyclists!
This is your year!!!
First the announcement that women cyclists will be riding the last day of the Tour de France in an event called La Course.....
Click on the above link to read my full blog about women being allowed to ride in the tour.
And today the announcement was made that women cyclists will be riding in the Amgen Tour.
Here is the announcement:

Two Days of World-Class Professional Women's Racing Announced

For the First Time in Race History, Professional Women Cyclists
Will Compete in a Circuit Race and a Time Trial Presented by SRAM

LOS ANGELES (February 18, 2014) – The 2014 Amgen Tour of California will feature more professional women’s racing than any previous race of its kind on U.S. soil when America’s largest cycling event hosts two days of action-packed competition. Invitations are now being extended to the world’s best women cyclists to convene an elite international roster of competitors to assemble in downtown Sacramento May 11 to compete in a circuit race surrounding the California Capitol. The following day, a field of nearly two dozen of the world’s top-ranked time trialists will have the opportunity to race against the clock during a time trial in Folsom.

The 2014 Amgen Tour of California, held May 11-18, will begin in the state capitol of Sacramento with circuit races for both the men and women. Shortly after the men roll out from the start line at the steps of the Capitol building to kick-off the eight-stage race, the women will take to the street to show off the power and technique that they are known for throughout the world. By invitation and application, women from the top professional, national and composite teams will compete along a four-corner,1.25-mile circuit course surrounding the Capitol for the overall title as well as part of the  $10,000 purse being offered by race organizers. Cyclists not already selected for the next day’s time trial will have one last opportunity to gain a spot based on their finish.
  The very next day, Monday, May 12, the Women’s Time Trial will be held in the gold rush town of Folsom, preceding the men’s time trial over the same yet-to-be-announced course. This invitation-only race (plus the top three finishers from the day before not already qualified for the time trial) also includes a prize purse of $10,000.

I love that more opportunities for women in cycling are becoming available. Okay, I won't be holding my breathe waiting for my invitation.

Having women cyclists riding at the same date on the calendar as the men cyclists means that these girls will have more athletic role models and maybe one of them will be a professional cyclist someday.
Girls Scout ride with my friend Linda.

I'm not holding my breathe, but I will celebrate when the WIN money $$$$$ for the men and women is equal.

Cycle on!!!!

No comments:

Post a Comment