The Providence Cyclo-Cross Festival is an UCI-sanctioned, internationally renowned cyclo-cross race in its 7th year. Featuring a variety of competitive classes, the action culminated in Saturday’s Elite C1-Ranked pro class race, with both men’s and women’s divisions. In the days leading up to the competition, Olympic cyclist Lea Davison (Specialized) informed G-Form that the elite women would win only about 20% of the equivalent male class’s payout. As reported by Cycling News, “while the UCI points up for grabs for the elite men’s and women’s fields… are equal, the prize money originally slated for their respective podiums was not” (Source). Founded and run by athletes, G-Form felt strongly that the women deserved an equal reward for their equally intense competition and training.
Supported by the efforts of pro mountain biker JoJo Petterson (G-Form Bike Product Line Manager), G-Form stepped up to even out podium payouts. Combined with the initially slated purse money, G-Form ensured that the women’s podium would win $3,945 in total with $2,121 going to the winner: Helen Wyman of the UK. Helen dominated the field, taking home an authoritative first place, followed by Kaitlin Antonneau and Crystal Anthony respectively. Lea Davison just missed the podium, inched out at the finish by less than a bike length. (See full results here.)
Racers lapped a challenging track for roughly 45 minutes through beautiful Roger Williams Park, a beautiful grassy venue in nearby Cranston, RI. An estimated 3,000 on-site spectators joined a peak of 194,000 viewers who caught the action live via CyclingDirt’s online stream, the first race of the American Cyclingdirt Classics. G-Form’s proactive contribution received a warm reception, picked up by a number of high profile cycling news sources such as CyclingNews and VeloNews. (See bottom of article for a full list of media links). The slideshow below helps showcase more of the weekend’s festivities.
To see more of Saturday’s racing, see CyclingDirt’s video edit. To learn more about the sport and about the Providence Cyclo-Cross Festival, check out The Rhode Show’s segment that aired on WPRI, ch.12.
For more great press on the event, see the following links:
Words and photos by Mike Girard. Follow him @emgeemann.