British Cycling and the Women’s Cycle Racing Association (WCRA) have announced the formation of a new partnership which will have a clear focus on increasing participation in cycling by Women and Girls as well as supporting British Cycling’s Developing Excellence programmes.
The partnership will replace British Cycling’s existing Women and Girls Commission and will see both organisations building upon their experience and expertise to increase the popularity and participation levels in cycling amongst women and girls of all ages and abilities.
A key focus will be linking in with British Cycling’s ongoing Competition Review to ensure there are appropriate opportunities and pathways available to encourage women and girls to start, and to stay involved in cycling, as well as enabling the most talented to progress to the highest levels.
British Cycling is also ensuring that WCRA key volunteers will benefit from the same membership offers as British Cycling’s key volunteers. In addition, new and existing members of the WCRA, who have not been members of BC before, can now benefit from the free bronze membership promotion and upgrade options currently being implemented through British Cycling Clubs.
Jonny Clay, British Cycling’s Competition and Events Manager said “This partnership is a real step forward towards increasing the opportunities for women and girls in the sport of cycling. It will build on the fantastic work that has been done by the WCRA over the years. It will also ensure that British Cycling’s current work within the Competition Review and the Young People and the Developing Excellence programmes is integrated seamlessly with the work of the WCRA, for the benefit of all women and girls in the sport.”
Helen Ellis, WCRA’s leading official said “this is a fantastic opportunity to take women’s and girl’s cycling to new levels, from grassroots to international racing. The WCRA has spent 50 years campaigning for more recognition to the efforts of women within the sport and at last the opportunity is here. I am particularly excited about the impact this will have on the younger riders who are the future of both the WCRA and British Cycling.”