Riders in the Women’s Tour Down Under will receive the same pay as their male counterparts for the first time, the South Australian government has announced.
On Monday the state government announced that from 2019 it would increase the prize pool in the women’s cycling event by about $90,000, putting the competition’s prize pool on par with the male event. The initial women’s prize pool had been about $15,000.
The UCI – the world governing body for sports cycling – has introduced equal prize money for men and women at its world championship and world cup events, but unlike men, women cyclists still do not receive a minimum wage.
In January last year the former Olympic and world champion cyclist Nicole Cooke told a British House of Commons inquiry into doping in the sport that cycling was “a sport run by men, for men”.