LE TOUR ENTIER MANIFESTO FOR WOMEN’S CYCLING
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Le Tour Entier was established to call for a women’s race at the Tour de France, supported by wider changes in the sport, to help harness the full potential of women’s road cycling and develop the sport equitably and sustainably.
This manifesto sets out the reasons why change is needed. It outlines the rationale for a women’s race at the Tour de France – as well as the wider, requisite reforms – and offers recommendations for action by all stakeholders.
Our objective is to help create a framework to support the growth of women’s cycling and build a sport with greater consumer, media and commercial appeal – starting with a race at the Tour de France.
We look forward to playing our part in driving change, and creating a cycling future that is successful, open and inclusive to all.
Global interest in professional cycling has never been higher, with increased viewing figures, public participation and sponsor investment. Nevertheless, professional road cycling is characterised by considerable inequity, both within the male and female ranks, and also between them. Relative to men, women’s cycling is overlooked, under-valued and under-capitalised.
Rationale for wider reform
Holding a women’s race at the Tour de France – accompanied by wider reforms to help develop women’s cycling sustainably and equitably – is necessary for the following reasons:
Realising the full potential of cycling requires reform in policy and practice – at the local, national and international level. However, this growth will only ever be piecemeal if there is no concerted action to improve the opportunities for women to race and participate in the sport.
Areas for action:
The Tour de France & advancing women’s cycling
- Women’s Tour de France
- Race opportunities
- Length and duration of races
- Media coverage
- Team development
- Small Nation development
- Institutional governance
It is our belief that the ASO, the UCI, NGBs, commercial partners, the media, and the athletes should work together to start these changes now. There is no reason why reform cannot begin now, with the key first step being a women’s race at the Tour de France – so that the future of women’s road cycling, and the sport as a whole, can thrive in 2014 and beyond.Tweet