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by Shane Stokes

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The institutional sexism in cycling needs to end

by CyclingTips

Former pro rider Iris Slappendel was the 2014 Dutch road race champion and co-founded the Cyclists’ Alliance last year in order to push for better conditions for female riders. She has written a very interesting article for Outside magazine talking about the inequalities in the sport.

Here’s an excerpt:

I loved the idea that with enough hard work, training, and patience, I could rise to the upper echelons of my sport. But what I didn’t realize then was how many challenges I’d face throughout my career because of my gender.

There is widespread institutional sexism in cycling culture. Women in the sport are groomed to believe that we don’t deserve as much media attention, prize money, or sponsorship investment. Take salaries, for example. The UCI, cycling’s international governing body, requires that WorldTour male cyclists get paid at least $37,000 annually. There is no such mandate for women. According to recent research, half of female pros earn less than $11,800 per year.

I experienced much of this discrimination firsthand. A former team manager once kept me from eating at a training camp because he thought I looked too fat. I’ve had prize money withheld for violating unwritten team rules, such as wearing the wrong socks with my uniform and competing on my own during a gap in the team’s schedule. I’ve had teams not pay me at all.

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