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This past weekend a moment in women’s cycling history happened, and you probably didn’t hear about it.
In the fourth stage of the Giro della Toscana more than half of the racers did not finish. Why? In protest of the lack of safety for the group. This included lack of security for riders while on roads, and leaving the peloton to ride through traffic.
While this would have been worthy of protest if it happened at a local Cat 3 race, this race had the likes of world champ Marianne Vos and was to be considered a women’s pro road race.
With women’s cycling growing voice, and attracting more media exposure I’m glad to see that these ladies and their teams took a stance for safety and a clear division of how men and women are treated in this sport.
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If you haven’t heard of Nicola and her Team Twenty12 of women’s pro road cyclist, go google them. Better yet, click this link after you are done reading the interview below with team owner, Nicola Cranmer. Nicola and her team are single handedly changing the face of women’s pro cycling in the US. Their outreach, marketing sense, and team effort is hard to match in today’s cycling scene.
What’s your name and location?
Nicola Cranmer, California today!
What type of cycling do you enjoy?
My passion is mountain biking but I appreciate and enjoy all disciplines.
What is your first cycling memory?
It was in England I dont remember my age, my dad was running along side of me holding the bike and he let go, I will never forget that moment of riding without stabilizers. At the time of course i did not know where that bike would really take me, the bike is my life and I LOVE it.
Who inspires you to ride, and better yet WHY?
Many people inspire me to ride, Kristin Armstrong inspires me to be better, my friend Pete has brain cancer, the bike represents freedom to him, he loves it, it makes him feel good, he inspires me to appreciate my health and that i can jump on my bike anytime. I’m inspired by anyone that is enthusiastic and passionate about riding bikes.
What has been your best moment on the bike so far this year?
Being a team owner and general manager, riding the bike is not always my priority. Two recent rides that stand out for me were Mount Wilson it was a mental decompression ride which includes an 18 mile climb and we all know what that means..18 mile descent! Beautiful day, excellent company. The second was the Dempsey Challenge in Maine which raised over $1 million for the Patrick Dempsey Center for cancer hope & healing. Very inspiring to ride with cancer survivors. Also any time I throw my leg over my mountain bike is a great moment!
Tell us all about your bikes
Felt ZW road bike, its super sexy and very quick, descends really well too! Im actually going to get a new mountain bike, Felt makes some really sweet bikes and its a toss up between a dual suspension and a 29″ hardtail, i’m more inclined to go hardtail. I also have a Felt CX bike. I have an old cruiser with a kick back brake.
This past Monday USA Cycling introduced a new team category for the NRC (National Racing Calendar.)
Domestic Elite Squads
Unlike Continental registration, Domestic Elite squads will have no age requirements placed on their rosters, but will require80 percent of the riders to be U.S. citizens. Foreign teams can compete for the NRC teams classification, but must pay the registration fee. “One restriction we are putting on it is nationality,” said Rice. “The idea is that this is really a domestic elite roster for United States riders. If foreign teams want to come in and compete, if they’re UCI, they obviously can do that … but if it’s a foreign team they’ll have to pay the $250.” – Velonews.com
My two cents on the matter is that we are encouraging more people from the US to be on this Domestic Elite Squads, to pay the extra $250 and it seems we are trying to either discourage, or USAC is trying to make more cash from the visiting teams from other countries.
Where the Women Fit In
While riders earn paychecks, the top U.S. women’s teams, like PB & Co. and Webcor Builders, have been recognized officially as elite amateur programs by the UCI and USA Cycling. The new registration designation won’t change that, but Rice did hope it would add even more organization to women’s domestic racing.
“I think that providing more structure is better,” said Rice, who ran the Aaron’s team for three years. “If these women are getting paid even a small amount of money to travel and race their bikes, they’re a pro athlete in my mind. Whether that meets the UCI designation is another issue.”-Velonews.com
I read fluff. That’s my humble opinion. Most women are elite amateur’s due to the lack of funds for living the life as a pro-cyclist. Teams such as Team Vera Bradley and PB & Co.
I’ve reached out to a few of my friends that are “domestic elite” or “elite amateur” racers. We’ll hear first hand their feelings on this new team structure.
Original Source : Velonews.com