2021 EPiC Equality Mark

In 2021 EPiC launched the Equality Mark to highlight events that awarded prizes and recognise the achievement of men and women equally.

EPiC’s focus in 2021 was securing equal prize money (or non-monetary prizes of equal value) for men and women in amateur cycling events, work which follows on from our campaign and open letter in the 2020 hill climb season. Alongside equal prizes, we’re pushing for equal recognition and celebration of female and male competitors. Find out more about this, and why we’re doing it here.

The equality mark is a way to celebrate those already providing equality in their events – whether organisers or clubs. It’s based on what we see as the gold standard for equality in prizes at cycle events, and whilst some are ready to adopt it immediately, others may not be. For these, we hope it can provide a goal to progress towards. Being on the right trajectory matters.

The following clubs and organisations applied for and received the EPiC Equality Mark for their 2021 events:

Avid Sport; Brighton Mitre CC; Bristol South CC; Bynea CC; Chew Valley Cycling Club ; Cold Dark North; Common Lane Occasionals; Cowley Road Condors; Didcot Phoenix CC; FTP ( Fulfil The Potential) racing ; Halifax Imperial Wheelers; Hemel Hempstead Cycling Club; Kingston Wheelers Cycling Club; Quibell Velosport; Sitwell Cycling Club; Sodbury Cycle Sport; Sotonia Cycling Club; Stowmarket and District Cycling Club; Team Lifting Gear Products / Cycles In Motion; Team Sheffield; Tour de Greaves; Velobants CC; Wessex Cyclo Cross League

The events covered over 20 Cycling Time Trial (CTT) events, including 6 hill climbs. We were also pleased to recognise road races, criteriums, charity events, cyclocross events and leagues.

The Equality Mark has also been the starting point for many other discussions about equality in cycling. Clubs have requested a club-level Equality Mark to reflect their wider commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion, cycling districts have enquired as to its use, organisers have been referred to the criteria to help adjust their prize structures and integrating the principles of equality into events with complex formats (e.g. track leagues) have been discussed. We have also been in contact with governing bodies to raise the issue of equal prize money and started to explore how this links through to wider participation issues. The profile of this issue has been such that changes were proposed to CTT’s rules to mandate equal prizes at their National Council Meeting.

These discussions will continue into the 2022 season and EPiC welcomes applications for the Equality Mark here.