Cyclist and Olympic medallist Laura Trott had her 21st birthday party when she was 16 – to avoid a future clash with racing season. That’s dedication.
You can read the Observer Magazine article online here.
And meanwhile as Trott says above ‘so many women are riding bikes now’. And in the UK at least they now have something great to aim for – the Women’s Tour of Britain. Looks like the race will run next May and it aims to offer women the same prize-money as men. *Gasps*
One of the stages is to be named after 22-year old Trott. Organiser Guy Elliott told the Guardian newspaper this week: “We will finish in town centres and pay the same prize money that Bradley Wiggins or Mark Cavendish would get. The goal is to wrap a social agenda for change in health and social terms around a sports event, to send a strong message to women that they don’t have to be second best.
“It’s a game changer. It cannot carry on, that we discriminate against women in sport from the age of 15.”
Hopefully the first of many such announcements.