Rebecca Domange – making a contribution to women’s cycling

I recently met (at least by phone) yet another women who is passionate about cycling – Rebecca Domange. Bec has been racing for just a few years and now wants to pass on what she’s learnt by mentoring other women and even starting her own team in the future. Melbourne-based Bec Domange took up cycling about five years ago after injuries from running and basketball forced her to find a new sport and form of exercise and in her own words soon became addicted. She joined her local club – Caulfield-Carnegie and started racing E grade against the 10 and

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Great idea for increasing races & exposure of women’s pro cycling

Once again Gerard Vroomen is on the money with his commentary on his blog. In his latest post he talks about the idea of including a professional women’s race as part of all the high profile professional men’s races. He also suggests that every men’s pro team should have a women’s team. A number of them already do including Australia’s new team Greenedge, but there’s always room for more. Read his whole post here. In this vein I was pleased to see that the men’s Herald Sun Tour currently running in Victoria has a women’s race running alongside it. Well done.

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Professional women cyclists deserve a minimum wage

According to an article by Rupert Guinness on smh.com.au the average salary for professional female cyclists “is understood to be €20,000, and about 20 per cent race for free”. It’s a pity that the UCI President was so dismissive and unsupportive of the women’s sport. If you want to know more, read Rupert’s article here. Thanks again Rupert for covering women’s professional cycling.

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An interview with pro cyclist Bridie O’Donnell

I was lucky enough to catch-up with female pro cyclist Bridie O’Donnell via email from her base in Varese, Italy this week. She is a member of the Top Girls Fassa Bortolo women’s pro cycling team. Here’s what she had to say…. Q. I read that you didn’t become a professional cyclist until you were 35, after you had worked full time as a doctor. Why did you make the career change? I never considered myself to be an athlete when I was young, although I was active. It wasn’t until my early 20s when I started racing Olympic distance triathlon,

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GreenEdge women’s team finally gets a mention

It’s great to see the GreenEdge Women’s team getting a mention in cycling news. Thanks to professional cyclist Bridie O’Donnell for bringing it to our attention via Twitter @Bridie_OD. In short the article reaffirms GreenEdge’s commitment to the women’s team. Read the full article on cyclingnews.com. It would be great to see more of this type of news coming through the mainstream.

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The low profile of women’s professional cycling

I’m a little ashamed to admit that I’m a keen follower of the top echelons of professional cycling but my knowledge of the peleton is completely focused on men. I know only a few names of the professional women like Rochelle Gilmore, Bridie O’Donnell, Tiffany Cromwell, Josephine Tomic, Anna Meares and that’s about it. However, I could recite for you a long list of Australian men who ride professionally in Europe and many of their key international rivals as well. The main reason behind this deficit in my knowledge is the low profile that women’s professional cycling has in this

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