To: The Colorado Cycling Community
From Deirdre Moynihan,
Ride Director, Mt. Evans
We have publicized throughout the year that if we get more than 19 SW Pro 1/2 racers we would provide a $3000 payout (or if less than that it would be $1500). This is in contrast to the $5000 men's payout. We have marketed it extensively to women, provided discounts to women's teams, reached out to WCA and we still just have 6 women registered for the Pro race. We are disappointed in these numbers, but we will keep trying next year to increase that field and ultimately provide an equal prize. We operate on a tight budget so our payouts are a big deal. So instead, we will use these funds to reward the juniors that are taking the challenge with some extra perks. We'll also recognize the Gran Fondo - which has the bulk of the women that are registered. I understand that we may receive some serious flack about this but feel I must make decisions for the fiscal health of the event. If by chance we get 20+ riders up to July 20th, we change it back to $3000.