Join the STEP Up Challenge and Stand Together for Equal Pay
March is Women's History Month. And while we are firmly of the opinion that the accomplishments of women should be recognized and celebrated year round, it does give an opportunity to highlight something close to our hearts: gender equality in cycling.
Back in 2014, we partnered with pro cyclist and filmmaker Kathryn Bertine to help make her documentary, Half the Road, a reality. In the film, Kathryn explored the world of women's professional cycling, focusing on both the love of sport as well as the pressing issues of inequality that female athletes face in a male-dominated sport. Half the Road is now part of the Inspiration collection in the SUF app.
When Kathryn started The Homestretch Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides temporary housing and training resources to (mainly female) athletes who face financial and economic discrepancies, we jumped on board. SUF has been a proud sponsor of the Homestretch Foundation since its inception, providing resident athletes access to motorpacing and other training tools.
Most recently, Kathryn completed her memoir, Stand, which chronicles her journey from athlete to activist, and the challenges she faced advocating for gender equality in the sport of cycling.
STEP Up: Stand Together for Equal Pay
To help bring attention to this important issue, we're holding the STEP Up Challenge March 27-28.
STEP stands for Stand Together for Equal Pay, and the date of the challenge coincides with Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into the next year the average woman would have to work in order to earn the same as a male worker in the same position.
Pay inequality in cycling has received renewed attention lately, in part due to coverage of the disparity between prize money given to men and women in the 2021 Spring Classics. The winner of the women's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Anna van der Breggen, earned just €900, while the winner of the men's race received over €16,000. That's not okay.
How It Works
Complete the following workouts sometime between March 27-28th and win the coveted STEP Up Challenge badge in your passport. We're giving you plenty of wiggle room, so even if you get some sessions in before the start and some after, you'll still get the badge.
To apply the challenge to your calendar, go to the Training Plans library in the app, expand the 'Special Focus' category, and select the STEP Up Challenge plan. Voila!
Saturday, 27 March: Ride Who Dares + Half the Road.
- Who Dares: One of our favorite workouts, Who Dares features some of the most exciting footage in pro racing from the women's Strade Bianche, Tour of Flanders, and Amstel Gold.
- Half the Road: Part of the Inspiration series in the Wahoo SUF Training App, Half the Road is Kathryn Bertine’s 2015 documentary that explores the world of women’s pro cycling and the culture of gender inequality in the sport. This is a moderate-intensity base workout so you can focus on the story while still working on your aerobic endurance.
Sunday, 28 March: Ride Fight Club + I Just Want to Ride
- Fight Club: A recently remastered version of a SUF classic, Fight Club features footage of the women’s UCI world championships. Ever wondered what it feels like to have Annemiek van Vleuten and Lizzie Diegnan rip your legs off while you endure multiple attacks? Wonder no longer.
- I Just Want to Ride: Part of the Inspiration series, this documentary chronicles Wahoo athlete and ultra-endurance badass Lael Wilcox as she tackles the 2019 edition of The Tour Divide, one of the most grueling off-road races on the North American calendar.
Join Us Live with Kathryn Bertine and Coach Suzie Snyder March 28th
Kathryn Bertine will be riding Fight Club live with coach Suzie Snyder on the Sufferlandria Facebook group at 8am MST on Sunday, 28 March and will be fielding viewer questions. Check out the event details here.
Everyone who earns the badge will be in the running to win one of 50 limited-edition signed copies of Kathryn Bertine's new memoir, Stand. Winners will be chosen at random on April 5th. Earn the badge, earn a chance to win.
SUF is committed to making sure that athletes are celebrated and fairly compensated, no matter their gender. STEP Up and help us make it happen.