Promoting Races & Rides

Here at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, we regularly host rides, classes and our Bicycle Coalition Youth Cycling athletes participate in races all the time.

We also promote independent rides, races, and events happening around the Greater Philadelphia region. Organizations reach out to us all the time asking if we can help promote a race, an open streets event, or whatever. And over on our calendar, we’ve got a section just for Non-BCGP events.

So, we are hosting those events on our site, and we’re happy to lead the area’s cyclists to those events.

That said, we are only happy to do so if the race or event we’re promoting adheres to our values.

Our organizational values speak to practicing equity and pursuing growth.

We believe that communities underrepresented in competitive cycling and cycling events are a cause of historic and continuing exclusion, bias, and oppression — not a simple lack of interest on behalf of these communities.

As such, growing the involvement of currently underrepresented groups is the most significant opportunity for growing our sport.

To do so, we must seek to understand the influences that have discouraged involvement and correct them. We must actively create safe and empowering environments, and continue to do so for as long as it takes to build trust in communities that have previously been harmed  by the exclusion, bias, and oppression of the sport.

In the meantime and alongside that work, we are excited to support events that contribute to building the future of the sport we want to be a part of: accessible and inclusive for all who want to participate.

Events thoughtfully planned to reflect these values include, but are not limited to:

  • Equal Payout for Women’s and Men’s Elite/Pro Categories
  • Equitable distribution of payout across additional fields (Do the Masters 35+, 45+, 55+, Men’s 4/5 , Men’s 3, and Men’s 1/2/3 Field get a payout while only the Women’s 1/2/3 receive an equal payout? We would not consider that equitable distribution.)
  • Premier race time slots granted equitably to most elite mens and women’s categories.
  • Inclusion of Categories that do not require participants to adhere to a gender binary (E.G. Single Speed, Women/Trans/Non-Binary 1/2/3).
  • Women/Trans/Non-Binary categories have their own fields that include, at the very least, an Elite and an Amateur field with their own dedicated time slot.
  • Promotional materials for your event includes diverse representation
  • Features a code of conduct prohibiting hateful behavior or speech (racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, fat-phobia, ableism)

Races where the women’s prize money is lower than the men’s in any category tend to suppress women’s involvement, both in registration and in attendance, and sends a hurtful message to women who do attend or compete.

It’s a known best practice to offer equal pay, and can garner more positive media coverage for the event as well.

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