Cyclists’ Alliance releases part one of survey results

The Cyclists’ Alliance has published the first part of the results of their annual rider survey on the current state of the women’s peloton. Below are their findings.

Part One: Working Conditions


  • 86% of riders think that salaries are too low for the level of commitment.
  • The number of professional riders with “no salary” has increased from 17% in 2018 to 34% in 2021.
  • Because of the lack of minimum salary for UCI Women’s Continental Road teams, the wage disparity gap between WWT riders and Continental riders is widening further.

Contractual Inclusions

  • There is a large difference between contractual inclusions of WT teams and Continental teams.
    • 94% of WWT riders received medical support within their contract, compared to only 33% of Continental riders.
    • 11% of WWT riders received a pension plan vs 0% for Continental riders.

Second Jobs & Studying

  • Many riders are also working or studying to support themselves or prepare for life after cycling.
  • 38% are currently completing their studies, either completing high school, university or a vocational course.
  • 39% work a second job in addition to cycling. ⁠24% are working less than 20 hours a week⁠. 15% are working more than 20 hours a week⁠.
  • ⁠14% of survey respondents combine both studying and a second job with cycling.

Covid-19 and the current season

  • ⁠Riders are less impacted in 2021 compared to 2020 by Covid-19. Riders on Continental teams are being negatively impacted more that riders on WT teams.⁠
    • In 2020, 29% had a salary reduction or lost it entirely, but in 2021 only 5% of riders on WT teams had their salary reduced, and 1% of riders on Continental teams lost their salary entirely in 2021 due to the pandemic.⁠
    • In 2020, 76% were worried that the pandemic would make it harder to secure a contract in 2021. 7% of riders on Continental teams were unable to secure a contract with a team for this year, and stated Covid-19 as the main reason.
    • In 2021, 20% of riders on Continental teams had to cover the costs of Covid testing, while 94% of WWT riders had testing covered by their employment contract.

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