Motherhood or an athletic career? An impossible choice no more thanks, in part, due to the rise of esports

In virtual cycling women athletes no longer have to compromise motherhood or a professional career to be competitive

esports athlete Rebecca Larson
(Image credit: Rebecca Larson)

For far too long, top-tier female athletes have been faced with an impossible choice. The pursuit of motherhood and family invariably meant the end of world-class competition. But there’s been a seismic shift of late.

In 2018, former road racing world champion, Lizzie Deignan, became an example of the modern day female professional cyclist when she, with full support of her Trek-Segafredo team, took maternity leave to have her first child. She returned to the peloton the following season in excellent form, winning the inaugural Paris-Roubaix Femmes with her firstborn infant child looking on.

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Christopher Schwenker

A physical therapist with over 25 years of experience, Christopher Schwenker is on a journey to give back to the cycling community for rewarding experiences and fulfilling relationships through the pages of his virtual cycling blog, The Zommunique, and his cycling-related non-profit, The DIRT Dad Fund