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Crowdfunding that could help create a new Australian women’s cycling team

Crowdfunding that could help create a new Australian women’s cycling team

A number of Australian riders from the 2021 UCI Road World Championships have given support to the new fund for a domestic team (Image credit:…

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A number of Australian riders from the 2021 UCI Road World Championships have given support to the new fund for a domestic team (Image credit: Alex Broadway – PoolGetty Images)

There is no easy path to a life as a professional cyclist for anyone, but throw in a huge geographical boundary coupled with limited development opportunities and the uphill battle becomes even steeper. It is a scenario all too familiar for Australian women in cycling as while the opportunities and professionalisation of the top level of the sport is growing, for many the pathways to get there aren’t.

It was back in 2007 that Cycling Australia identified a gap in the development of women’s road cycling as a consequence of limited opportunities for international competition and started a program to try and address it. That program has come and gone, along with a number of domestically-based teams that had aimed to provide racing development within Australia and a pathway to international opportunities. Some have stepped into the void, but the depth and number of opportunities is still severely limited.

Donations have come in from top Australian cyclists including Grace Brown , Amanda Spratt and Chloe Hosking . Those behind the crowd funding plan to start a new domestic cycling team, with up to 14 riders from the age of 17. It would not only provide racing opportunities but also have resources available to educate and train them in the sport, adding in four months of international racing to give them exposure […]

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