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While Swiss Cycling festively welcomed Europe’s best track cyclists for the European Track Championships in Grenchen earlier this month, all is not well with the Swiss cycling federations.
Reportedly losing half a million Swiss Francs worth of sponsorship, Swiss Cycling was forced the make budget cuts.
First on the chopping block: the women’s program.
“Yes, unfortunately this rumour is true. Swiss Cycling will get less sponsor funds in 2016, which means less budget for the national teams. There will be no more national coach and no race program for the women’s national team,” Weekly Wisdom coach and Swiss rider Patricia Schwager told Ella CyclingTips.
Swiss Cycling clarified that the World Championship and Olympic programs were not affected, and Swiss women will be represented in those major events. What is affected, however, is the support and development program for elite road riders such as training camps, international racing funds, and even a national women’s coach.
“This is very bad for the young riders,” said Schwager. “Our program may not have been as extensive as the Australian Institute of Sport or USA Cycling but it was important for the young riders to gain experience in bigger and international races. Without any program, there will be no development of our young Swiss riders anymore and that is very bad.”