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Big step forward for women's cycling!!! Latest news from Absa Cape Epic: UCI women will get a separate start + the rule regarding identical team clothing will be relaxed making it easier for combined trade team pairings!!!!

31.03.2015 um 8:36


Sally Bigham

There are two fundamental changes the Absa Cape Epic must make if they want to promote women's cycling. Until then the TRUE depth and ability of women's pro-cycling will remain to be unseen. 1. The biggest problem lies in the rule regarding identical jerseys - Cape Epic stipulates that women's team must wear identical clothes. For most professional women this is where the story ends before it's even started. How many trade teams have two women? Not many!!! Consequently, the only way to form a partnership is under the banner of a charity team or a neutral sponsor (as in my case Sellaronda Hero). But why should our trade teams - who pay our salaries - allow us to race for another unrelated team???!!! It is of no benefit to them whatsoever! This, I believe, is the greatest barrier for professional women in the Cape Epic. There are many talented women I would love to race the Cape Epic with and many who I believe I could go for victory with, but they are unable to race with me because of sponsor clashes. Until the Cape Epic review this rule, the real level and depth of women's pro-racing will remain undiscovered. 2. The women should have a separate start. Current rules stipulate that only the top 3 women's teams start in the first block. This is a problem within itself, but the critical problem is the influence the men have on the women's race. The dynamics of women's racing are critically different in a race where men and women start together compared to when women have a separate race. Racing amongst the men simply becomes about which women's team catches the fastest male train. If you aren't on that train then the race is more or less over within minutes from the starting gun. The Cape Epic would see a much more interesting, closely fought race amongst the women if we could race together. In Gunn-Rita's words: "I've never felt so unfairly treated as a woman". Perhaps her opinion and feedback will be the catalyst for change. Until then I'm reluctant to participate again.

27.03.2015 um 9:28


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25.03.2015 um 13:41


Sally Bigham

Got a few spare minutes? Grab a coffee and have a read of this article about my life as a pro, aspirations and inspirations……follow the link:

Limitless Pursuits - Sally Bigham: mountain biking as a way of life
SALLY BIGHAM started mountain biking in 2006 and in 2009 joined Topeak-Ergon Racing, a German based professional racing team. Since 2010 she has taken a sabbatical from her academic career and is now a full time rider. She narrowly missed out on a world title in 2013 taking a silver medal to nin…

25.03.2015 um 11:23


Sally Bigham

Five months ago I had surgery to treat a vascular disease called iliac endofibrosis. After the first real test here at the Cape Epic, I am please to say that my new artery is working perfectly! Two fully functioning legs are definitely faster than one ;) Now I look forward to the 2015 race season :) Full gas!!!!!

21.03.2015 um 9:08


Sally Bigham

You've heard of dangling a carrot in front of someone - today the photographer dangled an ice cream in front of me 😛

20.03.2015 um 15:37


Sally Bigham

Lining up with the outcast riders this morning. We start 10minutes behind in C block. Felt great today and finished in exactly 6 hours which would have put me 23rd in the overall GC 😃

20.03.2015 um 14:07


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20.03.2015 um 5:32


Sally Bigham

Don't forget to follow us on this cool site! Awesome behind scenes photos and videos 👍😊

http://ergon.pageflow.io/on-the-edge-team-topeak-ergon-racing-at-absa-cape-epic#10473

Team Topeak Racing at Absa Cape Epic -
Welcome to the multimedia report of the Topeak Ergon Racing Team for the 2015 Absa Cape Epic. You can Directly access information here from each stage. Use the arrows on your keyboard to follow along with each stage chronologically. This report is updated each day after the stage is complete.

19.03.2015 um 19:09


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Sally Bigham added 6 new photos.

19.03.2015 um 14:04