There’s been a lot of news, revisions and updates coming from the UCI board regarding top level racing for 2017. Some of it good, and some of it not so good. With the announcement of the UCI’s decision to reduce the number of female entries at the Elite mountain biking level, we have to question who really favours from this, and who are the ones to suffer?
Despite the rapidly growing number of women who are hitting the trails, entering into races and throwing themselves into the dirty descending lifestyle, it appears a lot of catch up is needed to reach the top-level competitions. At times it feels that women’s progression in mountain biking is very much a one-step-forward-two-back dance of politics and money.
The lack of women’s media coverage is one of the biggest gripes us women have with racing. In order to promote the sport, secure more funding, sponsorship and captivate the masses, women’s cycling needs to be showcased at its upper most level.
While we can only attempt to fathom the inner workings of event organisers and race committees, we can share the plight of our fellow women in arms who struggle to fight the system. Caught up in the difficulties of women’s riding is Bex Baraona.
When being in top 10 in the world is still not enough…
“I also love the danger side and extremity of it all – love to scare myself and have a good dose of adrenaline!” – Bex Baraona