The upcoming GrantPark Criterium on August 22 is challenging the status quo by putting females’s professional biking front and center: the professional females’s race is now the emphasize of the occasion, slotted for the ending after the males’s professional race, and there’s a huge $20,000 payment.

Yes, you check out that right–$20,000 For when, it’s a far larger payment than what’s being granted in the professional males’s race ($ 5,000), which is the reverse of what’s been the sport’s custom.

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With the 16 th edition occurring this year (in 2015’s was canceled due to COVID-19), the Grant Park Criterium is the longest-running U.S.A. Cycling- approved race in Atlanta,Georgia The race is arranged by the L5Flyers amateur biking group and continues go towards the Grant Park Conservancy and the Grant Park Neighborhood Association.

“The L5Flyers are confronting an abiding problem in cycling: disinterest in the sport among female athletes. With small turnouts, organizers have been forced to combine fields, resulting in less compelling races and a lack of enthusiasm among potential female competitors,” the L5Flyers news release stated.

The $20,000 reward bag will be paid 30 riders-deep, according to Stacy Robinson of L5Flyers, rather of the typical top 20.

“We are increasing it to 30 since it’s such a large purse, and with that we can support more women and some of the smaller, newer teams out racing as well,”Robinson informed Bicycling

This is likewise the very first year it’s being consisted of in the local SpeedWeek series, that includes the Athens Twilight Criterium and Spartanburg Criterium– both part of the U.S.A. Crits Series For contrast, the Athens Twilight Criterium includes a reward bag of $5,900 for both the professional males and professional females.

“We want more ladies putting a foot down at the starting line, so we want to increase the visibility of their events.” the L5Flyers news release stated.

grant park criterium offering $20,000 in prizes for pro women's race

HayleyBraun/ L5Flyers

The beginning list for the females’s professional race boasts huge names, too: 2021 nationwide criterium champ KendallRyan of L39 ION, her colleague and 2021 Intelligentsia Cup winner Skylar Schneider, six-time nationwide criterium champ Tina Pic of Colavita/ HelloFresh, and four-time masters nationwide roadway race champ Debbie Milne of Supra Cycling Team.

Women’s professional biking has actually been defending fair pay and exposure because, well, permanently. Steps are being made in the best instructions, nevertheless gradually, and races like the Grant Park Criterium are just assisting to even more that momentum.

Even though the payment is currently set at $20,000, L5Flyers has begun a GoFundMe to attempt to press that number even greater, since why not? When it pertains to females’s biking, the sky’s the limitation.

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