Next year will see the inclusion of the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic in the Women’s Road World Cup as the series expands to 10 races. The race which takes place in Philadelphia was formerly known as the Liberty Classic. The UCI plans to further globalise women’s road racing in subsequent years.
The UCI Vice-president and President of the Women’s Commission, Tracey Gaudry, welcomes this inclusion.
“We have taken another step in favour of women’s cycling. The UCI Women Road World Cup seminar highlighted the progress already accomplished in 2014, which we are going to build on to raise and expand the platform for a new professional series. As President of the Women’s Commission and UCI Vice-president, and also as a former athlete, I am proud to see that the UCI and its partners are finding concrete solutions to develop women’s cycling,” said Gaudry.
The UCI recently held a seminar in Montreux on the Women’s World Cup, where they announced that in 2016 the series will include both one-day classics and stage races, significantly increasing the number of racing days throughout the season. They also intend to increase TV coverage.