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6460 Reasons Women Love Cyclocross In The Hamptons
Whitemore's Landscaping Super Cross Cup - The World's Richest Women's Cyclocross - Richer Than The Men's Race
Long Island, October 6-7
Romanow, promoter of the Whitmore’s Landscaping Super Cross Cup, recently
offered a few reason why women should come to his race this year.
Actually he offered up 6460 reasons, all but one of which are in the
form of dollar bills. $6459
is the cash purse just for the UCI Elite Women’s portion of the two-day
event. What’s the other
reason? “Pol Roger
champagne!” said Romanow.
the UCI Elite Women’s field lines up each day to compete at the
Whitmore’s Landscaping Super Cross Cup, they will do so knowing that they
will be racing for more prize money than World Champion Erwin Vervecken and
the rest of the field in the UCI men’s race that follows.
And, they will have the knowledge that they are racing for more prize
money than has ever been offered to Women Cyclocross Racers -- anywhere --
in the World. And the listed
prize lists only reflect the cash prizes, they don’t even take into
account the merchandise prizes -- like the very classy Chiffon wraps that
have been donated by Alex Evenings, one of the most respected names in
area we live in is pretty into minority rights,” says Romanow.
“And quite frankly, I’ve always personally believed that
Katie Compton and Lyne Bessette should be racing longer than a 15 year-old
Belgian teenager. And they
should be racing for the same prize money as men, or maybe one lap less than
the boys and perhaps prorate the prize list accordingly.
The point is, $800 for a field is bullshit.
Even if a rider wins, her prize money may not even cover her airfare.
And we’ve had women’s lib for 40 years? Come
on! It’s just as bad in
Europe. Christine Vardaros
keeps telling me they are trying to give her cans of soup and clogs for
winning races over there. Now
I'm certainly not saying I deserve accolades and angels and cherubs playing
songs for our race -- although we have been known to hire some pretty good
punk bands. I like watching the
women’s races. And I think
some of the most compelling personalities in the sport right now are women.
Katie Compton probably draws more people to more races than any other
‘cross racer in America, male or female.
More importantly, my sponsors like watching the women race.
They want to see the very best come to their town and they’re
willing to pay for it.”
Beyond the prize money and the big name stars, though, the Whitmore’s Landscaping race is known as a quality race. Even riders that aren’t competing for the massive cash purse rave about the event. "Southampton, Long Island is my favorite race double-up,” writes New England’s Megan Bilodeau, a self-described ‘mid-pack master’s chick’. “Myles is a rockstar!!!"
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