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by Neal Rogers
June 30, 2017
In today’s Daily News Digest: Richie Porte extends with BMC Racing Team beyond 2017; Dario Cataldo renews with Astana through 2019; Twelve national champions to start Tour de France in Düsseldorf; Upon reanalysis of 2012 sample, UCI Anti-Doping Tribunal imposes four-year ban on Jure Kocjan for EPO use; UCI adds three events to 2018 Women’s WorldTour calendar; Kazakhstan junior Dana Akhmetova dies after losing consciousness in Youth Sports Games; Yorkshire host towns revealed for 2019 UCI Road World Championships; Androni Giocattoli renews sponsorship for 2018; Trek puts up funds for equal prize money at Waterloo cyclocross World Cup event; Cyclists using mobile phones in Victoria to face $476 fine.
Trek Bicycle, host of America’s newest World Cup, the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Waterloo, has ensured that the race will be the first World Cup in history to offer equal prize money for both the men’s and women’s fields. In accordance with the brand’s longstanding commitment to supporting female athletes, the precedent is being set in the hopes that other races and organizers will follow suit.
Trek released the following statement regarding the event to ensure all racers, spectators, and sponsors understand that people of all backgrounds will be welcomed in a collective celebration of world-class competition:
Athletes are athletes. Gender, race, size, shape, and ability do not determine a person’s value. Desire, ambition, goals, dreams, and heart are not defined by looks. Every person should have equal opportunity to fulfill their potential, and should be equally rewarded for doing so. Trek is proud to host the first World Cup in cycling’s history to offer equal payouts to the men’s and women’s fields.
“I’m happy and excited that Trek has stepped up and committed to being the first World Cup to pay equal prize money to the women,” said Katie Compton, a two-time World Cup overall champion with 23 World Cup victories to her name. “I don’t think people realize the large discrepancy between what the men earn for prize money compared to what the women typically earn. Trek is leading the way in valuing the women’s race as much as the men’s, and hopefully the European-based World Cups will see this and begin to follow Trek’s lead.”
The 2017 Trek CX Cup will take place September 22-24 with the inaugural Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup Waterloo set for Sunday, September 24. Registration to race the Trek CX Cup is open now. The entire calendar of the weekend’s events is free to attend and spectate.