EQUAL PAY !

We are better when we support each other.

We are better when we support each other.

When it comes to supporting cycling equality, we have arrived at a place where we’re all looking at each other to do something to fix a seemingly insurmountable challenge. Looking the other way is easy, but stepping up and taking action creates the change we need to see.

Femme Équipe formed in 2019 as a women’s cycling team committed to bringing opportunity, awareness, and change to the sport. We are thrilled to be making positive contributions to our sport so early on.

Original Prize Purse

Original Prize Purse

Equalized Prize Purse

Equalized Prize Purse

We started off with a mission to allow more women the opportunity to race through guest spots and experience with our team. This mission was a huge success with our guest riders at Redlands and we had another full squad with 4 guests to race Joe Martin Stage Race. At the this Joe Martin UCI 2.2 Stage Race, we were able to help inspire our sponsors to donate to the women’s payout. After posting the payout chart for the men’s and women’s UCI race, it was clear women’s cycling was not being taken seriously in 2019. The men were to be paid over $9,000 more than the women. Women train just as hard to race professionally, often sacrificing family, friends, and normal salaries while being given less pay, less team support, less opportunity and races that do not compare in distance or climbing. Seeing this huge discrepancy in payout was just insulting. Luckily our sponsors thought so too. Swisse Wellness and Q+M Agency are examples of companies stepping up to be part of the solution as they donated the over $9k and equalize prize payout for this race.  We hope this inspires others (corporations, racers, teams, race directors, and the community as a whole) to work together and make a commitment to create equality in bike racing through matched race courses, support and prize purses for men and women. The companies who help our team are invested in improving cycling as a whole and that means the world to us.

It felt amazing to go into this race knowing that we were doing something good and selfless for our sport. THANK YOU SPONSORS for seeing the value in investing in Femme Équipe and investing in women in sport.