Fast Chance Women’s Cycling, Inc. is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization founded with the mission to provide a healthy environment to empower and inspire women by creating new challenges in elite and professional cycling. FCWC has created a vision of becoming the leader in ethics, integrity and professionalism in the sport of cycling. Our goal in 2018 is to become a UCI Continental Women’s Team registered in the United States and our ultimate goal in empowering our riders is to provide each of them with a livable wage. Our foundation has been formed to support the pursuit of excellence in cycling by women who are dedicated, motivated professionals looking to capitalize on their athletic ability and lead them to fulfilling their athletic and professional career goals. We believe every rider on our squad deserves the opportunity to answer the question “how good can I be?”
Velo Classic p/b Stan’s NoTubes IS a USAC Domestic Elite Women’s road cycling team with a powerful roster of eleven women prepared to race on the national stage in 2017. The team has risen from a New York City-based group of young, working professional women with a passion for bikes to national recognition. Our women are positive role models on and off the bike who are committed to teamwork and having an impact on improving the professional landscape for women cyclists now and for the future. The team has evolved to a unified squad guided by team manager BrittLee Bowman and new team director Tad Hamilton.
Success in our mission off the bike will best be recognized with success on the bike. Capitalizing on our squad’s relentless competitiveness, we are committed to competing in the USA Cycling Pro Road Tour. The PRT features the nation¹s top Pro-Am road race events, boasts a total prize purse of more than one million dollars and is open to both professional and amateur cyclists. Our goal for 2017 is to participate in 10 of these events; in 2018 our goal is to finish in the top 5 overall for the team classification and have a rider in the top 10 of the individual standings.
While results are always a great indicator of success, it does not portray the hard work, sacrifice and camaraderie that goes into the racing. Being committed to an objective takes discipline, support and reliable teammates, and these characteristics are the most important for success and growth as bike riders, and more importantly, as working professionals.
We believe women’s cycling deserves to be viewed on an equal platform as men. We believe in equal payout, better television coverage, and we firmly believe in establishing standards of professionalism for a team that pays salaries, provides a professional environment both mentally and physically and helps women develop their athletic talents on the bike while preparing for the challenges of the working world, whether it’s in the cycling industry or elsewhere. We believe in equality for women as a basic principle, and see this as an opportunity to do our part to engage likeminded individuals to contribute, participate and engage in our journey to establish a new framework for how women’s professional cycling can be viewed and the opportunities it can provide.
DAPHNE KARAGIANIS, CHICAGO, ILL.
“I am greatly touched by your generosity and your words empower me to keep reaching new potential both on and off the bike!”