Call for equal women’s pay answered by Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

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Call for equal women’s pay answered by Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

Blevins, Schaldach rallied Durango cycling community to support gender equality
Emily Schaldach has lined up to race in six Iron Horse Bicycle Classics. This year when she lines up May 25 for the pro women’s road race, she will have a chance to race for the same prize purse as the pro men for the first time.
Emily Schaldach grew up in Durango with the dream of being able to finish an Iron Horse Bicycle Classic road race from Durango to Silverton. As she grew older, the inequity of the prize purse payout became something she wanted to change. “Kids growing up should know they have a place in sport and not be undervalued,” she said. “At the start of the race, you should give them equal opportunity and not make someone feel undervalued before they even start.”

Call for equal women’s pay answered by Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

Emily Schaldach has lined up to race in six Iron Horse Bicycle Classics. This year when she lines up May 25 for the pro women’s road race, she will have a chance to race for the same prize purse as the pro men for the first time.
Emily Schaldach grew up in Durango with the dream of being able to finish an Iron Horse Bicycle Classic road race from Durango to Silverton. As she grew older, the inequity of the prize purse payout became something she wanted to change. “Kids growing up should know they have a place in sport and not be undervalued,” she said. “At the start of the race, you should give them equal opportunity and not make someone feel undervalued before they even start.”

Call for equal women’s pay answered by Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

Sarah Strum of Durango led the women’s pro peloton north of Durango during the 2018 Iron Horse Bicycle Classic Coca-Cola Road Race. She finished second and didn’t make the same prize money as the pro men’s rider who finished second. This year, the men and women will make equal prize money.

Call for equal women’s pay answered by Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

Durango’s Kaylee Blevins, front, and her brother Christopher Blevins both were behind a movement to get equal pay for women in the road race at the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic.

Call for equal women’s pay answered by Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

Blevins

Call for equal women’s pay answered by Iron Horse Bicycle Classic

Schaldach
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