I would like to be less alone as a woman in a leadership role on a professional cycling team. As I travel to elite international mountain bike races throughout the year, it’s rare for me to see other women support staff. I would love for other women to see me or Paige or Kathryn and say, “I want to do that.” It takes teams creating those opportunities for women and sharing their stories so other women can see themselves in the position of a professional mechanic, physio, or team manager.
I want to challenge teams to rethink their team structure and strategy. It’s time to change up what it means to care for the whole athlete to provide an environment where all athletes and staff can be successful. Women often have additional social and domestic burdens placed on them that make taking a position that involves a lot of travel, or following their dream of being a professional athlete, seem unattainable. We can find creative solutions to allow these women to chase their dreams and relieve some of that social burden.