It is a considerable step towards “levelling the playing field” in Victoria, Australia and beyond.
“The role of that commission [six years ago] was to ensure that on and off the bike, in sport, in administration and in governance, we were levelling the playing field.”
“We were finding a way for equal rights and opportunities for women so that sport would become truly gender inclusive.”
And she is proud to say that a race on Australian turf is one of the leaders for women.
“The great example is the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, has embraced Gender Equality as a regulation for all events.”
For other sporting codes, Gaudry simply believes that it is possible to put these equality regulations in place.
“It can be done and it’s a no-brainer that women’s sport is highly attractive in terms of competitiveness, the profile and the personalities of the athletes.”
“Sport for women can be commercially viable and successful when promoted like we do men’s sport. That’s why successful events like the Cadel Evans Road Race have both men’s and women’s events inside the same footprint.”
However, Gaudry attests that this success didn’t simply occur overnight.
“You don’t just click your fingers and it happens,” she said.
But, for six years of grinding work to reach equality, for all women’s cyclists, including the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, is no small achievement on the road to Women’s Equality in sports around the world.
“The sport of cycling is a sport for everyone.”