However, what is making headlines is Australia’s inability to support and properly prepare its athletes to go to the World Road Championships to be held in a few weeks. How is this possible? We still cannot blame COVID-19 for this paucity of funds.
A record number of bikes have been sold since the start of the pandemic. The road and mountain bike event is followed by a huge fan following. We only have to think of the 40,000 spectators of Mont-Sainte-Anne who saw this dazzling victory from Canadian Finn Isle in the downhill, and we can also expect thousands of supporters during the Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec and Montreal.
Very few sports can claim to have so many followers and spectators. And despite this, why can’t we even pay for plane tickets to send the country’s best cyclists to represent our country at the world championships? Very inspirational for the next generation.
We understand that On The Podium funding primarily targets track cycling and that in itself is a problem, as it creates divisions in an organization that work together to develop as many cyclists as possible. No matter what the discipline. I’ll come back to this point, but first let’s talk about what appears to be a fundamental problem.
The problem with Cycling Canada is more than the money, but rather its attitude that rests on a lack of respect for its best athletes. In November 2020, Hugo Houle published an open letter to Cycling Canada in which he outright condemned […]