Women’s Cycling Association

The Women’s Cycling Association supports the growth of Women’s Cycling worldwide by advancing policies with governing bodies and creating opportunities to develop new riders and grow the sport.

In December, 2014, the Women’s Cycling Association (WCA) accelerated its global march toward equality in Women’s Professional Cycling with the addition of Olympians and World Class Athletes to its Board of Directors, to lend a strong voice to the fight for equality in women’s pro cycling. The WCA also enlisted the counsel and expertise of Dr. Donna Lopiano, one of the most influential and powerful advocates for gender equality in sports. With her assistance, the WCA formulated a new Three Year Global Strategic Plan and restructured the organization to form a powerful team of the top women pro cyclists from all disciplines.

Aiming to grow the sport of women’s professional cycling as well as promote greater fairness among riders of both genders, a group of women riders launched the Women’s Cycling Association in 2013.

“The time is right for all women cyclists and supporters of women’s cycling to join together and work towards equality in our sport. Among the other issues the women are working to change are discrepancies in prize purses and television coverage—a typical men’s race will get three or four hours of coverage compared to 10 to 20 minutes for an average woman’s race and more professional races are currently offered for men than for women.” said Janel Holcomb Chairwoman of the Board, WCA

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The Women’s Cycling Association is a membership organization of women cyclists and supporters committed to developing and advancing the state of women’s cycling Worldwide. The WCA seeks to unify and represent women cyclists and advocate on their behalf: to sporting governing bodies, race organizers, and team management. In the next year, the WCA will work toward meeting our platform goals by lobbying for equal rights for women cyclists, reviewing existing policies and advocating for changes, and networking with grassroots programs that provide support and guidance to cyclists . The WCA will use a variety of techniques, from developing relationships with governing bodies, teams, and race organizers and discussing practical changes, to utilizing media to raise awareness of topics and push for broader change. This lobbying requires your support. For just $35, you can be part of a movement to help elevate the state of women’s cycling.

Long-Term Goals

In the long term, we aim to work with supporters of women’s cycling to make the following advances for the sport:

  • Increase the number of professional races that include a women’s field.
  • Increase the breadth and depth of media coverage of pro women’s cycling.
  • Improve earnings for women’s fields, both through the establishment of a salary and through gender-equal prize purses.
  • Improve the return-on-investment for supporters of women’s cycling.
  • Support the development of amateur women by partnering with grassroots programs and facilitating mentorship for junior and developing riders.
  • Provide a unified voice for women’s cycling to communicate with the media and governing bodies.
  • Collaborate with governing bodies of the sport to work towards equality in cycling.

By becoming a member, you can help build a bright future for women’s cycling.

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