Run by former and current pros, The Cyclists’ Alliance provides holistic support to female cyclists during and after their careers. Funded purely by donations and subscriptions, our aim is to level the playing field and help the hard-working women of today’s peloton make a living from the sport. There’s a long way to go, but by striving for fairness, we will create a brighter future for all.
Did you know that:
- 57% of female cyclists earn less than €15,000 a year
- 43% have had to reimburse their own team for standard services like mechanical assistance, medical testing or travel costs to races
- Only 1 WWT Race offers equal prize money
- 77% of riders sign a contract without any legal assistance
Source: 2020 Rider Survey
We want 100% of female cyclists to benefit from a safe and stable working environment.
We will achieve this by advocating for:
- All riders to earn a minimum salary
57% of female cyclists earn less than £15,000. This is not sustainable and threatens the professionalisation of the sport, and the pipeline for new riders coming in.
- All riders to receive maternity leave, not just WTT riders.
Riders should be entitled to the higher of (i) five months of paid maternity leave or (ii) the period mandated by relevant national law.
- All racing and training expenses covered
43% of riders have been required to reimburse their own team for expenses directly associated with racing, where they were contracted to appear - despite the number of women racing for below minimum wage.
- Paid vacation days and a mandatory minimum vacation block
We believe teams should be required to offer, at a minimum, 35 days.
- All support team members to be qualified, checked and professional
To support the professionalisation of the sport. Qualified staff members are essential to advancing the sport, protecting the riders and progressing cycling. The DS, at a minimum, must be certified by their national federation).
- Basic insurance for all riders as standard
We believe all riders should be fully insured and that this should be provided by their team, with life insurance, permanent total disability insurance and repatriation insurance as standard, given the inherent risks in the sport.
- A universal standardised approach to race safety
By creating a standardised approach and protocol that is audited by an independent third party, riders can race in the knowledge that all races meet the necessary safety requirements.
In just two years the TCA has:
- gained 140 members from 24 different teams and 19 different countries
- advised over 25 riders how to improve their contract
- created a standard contract
- led a successful arbitration on behalf of a rider against a team
- helped approximately 10 riders to get released from their teams
- started the TCA mentor program, with 11 active pairings
- carried out a team culture survey to hear the voice and concerns on the riders
- established an elected rider council
- created a private electronic social platform for instantaneous communication on topics and important issues
- actively campaigned against #metoo abuse in cycling
- encouraged multiple riders to address misbehaviour at UCI Ethics Commission or National Federation Safe Sport