Women's RideLondon Classique will have the same €100,000 prize pot as its male counterpart this year

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The women’s RideLondon Classique will have the same prize pot as the men’s RideLondon-Surrey Classic when it is raced this July.

The race, which will be held on Saturday, July 30, will have a pool of €100,000 – the richest on offer for any women’s WorldTour race this season.

On the Sunday, the men’s race will see riders competing for the same amount of money as organisers look to set a new standard for women’s cycling.

“We believe in equality in sport,” said event director Hugh Brasher.

“We believe that it is right that the prize money for our new UCI Women’s WorldTour event matches that [of the men’s], setting a new standard for women’s cycling. This is the same policy that we have operated at the London Marathon for many years.”

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Last year the RideLondon-Surrey Classic became the richest men’s one-day race on the UCI calendar, with the winner picking up €25,000.

Laura Trott, who won the inaugural women’s RideLondon event, said: “Women’s cycling is being given the recognition it deserves. Prudential RideLondon has pioneered incredible change in women’s cycling, first with live television coverage, then live cameras on bikes last year and now with record prize money and parity with the men’s race.”

The women’s race will take place on a 5.5km circuit in central London, beginning on the Mall and is part of a 17-race WorldTour series.

  • Riggah

    “We believe in equality in sport,” said event director Hugh Brasher.
    Then give ALL competitors the same prize money, whether they finish first or last.

  • Elias

    This is the law in the U.S. Lol Brits

  • Alan Roper

    This does not really strike me as ‘equality’. I think it fantastic that finally, women, are being given the opportunity to earn as much as their male counterparts. However, the word equality needs to be defined.

    In this example, if it were truly equal, the women would also race over the same circuit and distance as the men. Is it equal that the same money is on offer for a race over 1.5 hours as one over 5 hours.

    Just as the ASO have done with the Tour de Yorkshire, they are throwing the word equality around to hide the fact that they are not giving women equal opportunities. Mens sport has a deep fan base and most sport is watched by men. I don’t believe this will change just by throwing money at a prize fund. No problems are solved over night and it is a tough time for female athletes but instead of hiding behind a big prize fund in the short term, in what is essentially a token gesture race by the organisers. They should be providing equal opportunities to the men. That means races over the same number of days and equal or equivalent distances.

    More races of bigger distance would surely increase a fan base (by giving womens sports fans more to enjoy), which in turn would make women’s cycling a more viable option for sponsorship and thus creating a more sustainable environment for womens cycling, in the long term.

    It is good to see change, but I do not think professional women should be entirely happy about this. They are having the wool pulled over their eyes and should be fighting the root, not just creating the facade of equality.

  • Derek Biggerstaff

    Equalities are not all equal. Everyone seems to feel entitled to claim the word for the particular equality that suits them.