The South Austrailian government has announced that by 2019, it will have raised the women’s cycling prize fund pool by a whopping $90,000 to equal that of the men’s.
In this huge step forward in equality, the news has rippled through social media with waves of applause and triumph.
“It’s only fair the prize money they receive is on par with their male counterparts for each stage as well as the general classification.” – Leon Bignell, South Australian sports minister
The hot topic of gender pay/prize gaps in cycling has been a point of contention with a burning awareness coming to the forefront of sports media in recent years.
While the UCI board has ruled on introducing equal prize money for both men and women in its world championships and world cup events, there’s still no minimum wage for female riders like there is for the men.