Women will find the courage and daring to follow their goals.
Alison Sydor, cyclist, on equity in cycling (1994)
Republished with permission from ACTION the
publication of Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women
and Sport and Physical Activity Winter 1994
"I divide my time between road racing and mountain biking
mainly because there really are no women's road racing teams There's
a lot more equity in mountain biking and that attracted me. That
applies to sponsorships, media coverage, the prize money for the
top three placings-it's identical for women and men in World Cup
events. There are a lot more things that encourage women to get
into mountain biking than into road racing.
Role models are difficult to find, especially for riders in Canada.
It's funny because Canada has always had really strong cyclists.
Year after year we're ranked high in the world, even though we
don't have the resources of other countries, and often paid our
own way to go to Europe to compete. Once you got on the national
team, there were always really good riders to look up to; until
then, you don't know about these people because the media doesn't
cover the sport that much. Tanya (Dubnicoff) is a world champion
and hardly anyone knows about her. I was fortunate to make the
national team right away and get involved with women who were
interested in not just going to the big races, but going to win.
That was inspirational."
©Copyright 1996 by Jan Meyer.
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