Big pay increases for pro riders in women’s cycling

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Team Jumbo-Visma has a new women's team for the season. (Photo: Team Jumbo Visma)
Team Jumbo-Visma has a new women's team for the season. (Photo: Team Jumbo Visma)
  • More teams and events than ever before, for women's pro cycling.
  • This season also introduces significant improvements in pay and benefits.
  • And the promise of a terrific Scandavnia event. The Battle of the North.

With events scheduled for a return to normality this year, there is a lot of promise for fans of women’s cycling.

The 2022 season will see more pro teams and UCI women’s events than ever before. And the riders will be closer to pay and benefits parity with their male counterparts.

With no fewer than 25 events, women’s cycling will be a theme of its own for the 2022 season – instead of a supporting act.

The 'Viking Biking' event will finally happen

Aside from the Tour de France and Giro for the women, they will also gain a new Scandanavian event. The Battle of the North is scheduled for October and will route through Denmark, Sweden and Norway.

New minimum pay grades should greatly assist riders, who risk injury and make significant training sacrifices to compete.

The guaranteed minimum salary for women in the pro peloton will increase dramatically from last year, up by nearly a third. Contracted riders are now paid a minimum of R480 000.

If a rider chooses to be self-employed on a pro team, their minimum prescribed rate increases from R580 000 to R800 000, for 2022.

It is going to be a great racing season for women

Beyond an improved payscale, women who ride professionally will also be eligible for enhanced health benefits.

To prevent athlete burnout, riders will be limited to 75 racing days per year – and receive 30 days of paid vacation. Perhaps the most significant new contractual stipulation is three months maternity leave, at full salary.

A total of 24 teams are allocated slots for the elite races, and six new pro teams sure to add increased competition in the women’s category. The new Women’s World Tour teams are: Jumbo-Visma, EF Education-Tibco-SVB, Human Powered Health, Roland Cogeas Edelweiss, and Uno-X.

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