Cyclocross champ Britain’s Helen Wyman talks about training, racing and equality, and bike advocate Liz Cornish explains why it’s important for women to bike for fun, work or sport
Off the Front is presented by Elizabeth Emery
Podcast length 56′ 11″
On this episode Elizabeth talks to British Cyclocross racer Helen Wyman and bike advocate Liz Cornish. Helen is 9 times National Cyclocross Champion, two-time European Champion, and a World Championship medalist. She is also a superstar in women’s cyclocross advocacy. Many of the positive changes over the past few years — pay equality, race length, tv coverage — is due to her work as part of the UCI Cyclocross commission. Elizabeth caught up with her in Iowa where she was training in the heat between the first two World Cups of the season – Jinglecross World Cup in Iowa City and Trek Waterloo World Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin. They discussed her training & racing, the upcoming cyclocross season, working with sponsors, and work towards equality in cyclocross.
“In the last four years we have now got an U-23 World Championships and we’re going to have a Junior World Championships in two years so the steps have been huge and all because of a few simple rule changes and because of putting a token woman on that commission that’s prepared to say actually we need to do this,” Helen Wyman.
Liz Cornish is a long time bike commuter and currently serves as the ED at Bikemore in Baltimore, Maryland. Previously, she worked for the League of American Bicyclists in Washington D.C. as the Women Bike Manager. Liz came to bike advocacy because she believes bikes are a vital tool for creating vibrant communities that connect citizens to recreation, jobs, and each other.
“I have spent a fair amount of time thinking and writing about how to get more women engaged in cycling for transportation/recreation/and sport,” Liz Cornish.
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