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Women's race to get marquee spot at cyclocross Waterloo World Cup

Joe Robinson
4 Jul 2018

Step forward in gender parity as women's race given top billing alongside equal prize money

Women's cycling has received one more step towards gender equality as the Telenet UCI World Cup Cyclocross Waterloo confirmed it would move the elite women's race to the marquee position, after that of the men.

Hosted by bicycle brand Trek, the Waterloo, Wisconsin-based race takes place at Trek's USA headquarters and forms part of the coveted World Cup series.

It will now be the first of these races to flip the running order of the racing in an encouraging a step towards gender equality.

This follows the race's 2017 move to increase prize funds in the women's race to become the first World Cup event to offer equal prize money for both the men and women.

Trek announced its decision via a press release that read, 'The first - and only - World Cup to feature equal prize money for both the men’s and women’s professional fields, Trek has announced that it has made the decision to swap the order of Sunday’s main event so that the women’s race will receive the marquee position.

'The men’s elite race will begin on Sunday, September 23 at 13:30 Central US (20:30 CET) with the women’s race beginning at 15:15 Central US (22:15 CET).'

Trek-sponsored athlete and cyclocross racer Ellen Noble also commented on the decision noting the importance of such change.

'Trek’s decision to move the women’s event to the marquee spot is absolutely huge, one of the biggest changes we’ve seen at the world cup level, second only to equal pay last year,' she said.

'This change sends the message to women athletes everywhere that we have a spot in this sport and our racing matters.'

Noble has been a driving force in the call for equality in cycling generally. The American became one of the first female riders to bunny hop barriers in races rather than dismount influencing the hashtag #bunnyhopthepatriarchy.

While men's cyclocross has recently been a two-horse race between Wout Van Aert and Mathieu Van Der Poel, the women's racing has been much more open and exciting.

In last year's World Cup, the men's elite racing only produced two winners [Van Aert and Van Der Poel] across nine rounds while the women produced five separate winners.

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