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The crowdfunded team looking to fill void in women’s cycling development

The crowdfunded team looking to fill void in women's cycling development

Cycling In the midst of a number of teams not continuing for the 2023 season, there is a new women’s squad emerging to support young…

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Cycling In the midst of a number of teams not continuing for the 2023 season, there is a new women’s squad emerging to support young female rider’s development, with a significant portion of the team’s financial support looking to be sourced from crowdfunding.

The 2017 women’s road race world championships Source: Getty / Getty Images It’s a bit of a dire moment for women’s road cycling development at present in Australia. There are a number of teams, some announced, others not publicly confirmed at this stage, that will not continuing their participation in cycling to 2023.

Women’s cycling development has been in a state of flux for years now, with the wind-up of the highly successful women’s development squad, sponsored through various iterations by companies connected with Rochelle Gilmore and supported by Cycling Australia (now AusCycling). Since then, shortfall has been taken up by privately-run teams, with Roxsolt Liv SRAM and ARA-Pro Racing Sunshine Coast, in particular, stepping up to give riders opportunities to race against top competition and overseas.

It was the loss of another of these teams, Inform TMX MAKE, that prompted former rider turned commentator, coach and bike shop owner Pat Shaw to reach out to the wider cycling community.

“I’ll try and see whether anyone else had what I was feeling, so I went to Twitter and put up a simple post on whether we could crowdfund a certain amount of money,” said Shaw. “The responses were really good and it certainly started a conversation and allowed me […]

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