Pro women cyclist salary: $5000 per year

Cycling fans commonly wonder how much pro cyclists make. Men can make enough to live on and almost support a family, especially if they rise above the Continental ranks, but women make beans or less and must somehow fit full time jobs in their training and competing schedule. I have known women and men at the lower ranks who sign on to a team just for the bike and team kit. I know of a cyclist for the Jelly Belly team who’s bumming free rooms for the Tour of California.

Velonews’ “Explainer” looks at the legality of paying somebody basically less than minimum wage.

6 Comments

  • rich
    January 2, 2009 - 9:58 am | Permalink

    I love cycling but I realized in the early 90's that in places like Boulder, there is more talent in the amateur ranks than the pro ranks.

    The pros are often bumming rides and offering to split gas to get to the races while the amatures are flying and staying in their own hotel rooms.

    It doesn't pay to be pro. stay in school and get a job that pays. You will have more fun riding!

  • rich
    January 2, 2009 - 4:58 pm | Permalink

    I love cycling but I realized in the early 90's that in places like Boulder, there is more talent in the amateur ranks than the pro ranks. The pros are often bumming rides and offering to split gas to get to the races while the amatures are flying and staying in their own hotel rooms.It doesn't pay to be pro. stay in school and get a job that pays. You will have more fun riding!

  • Ben
    January 2, 2009 - 1:05 pm | Permalink

    This is great news. It's good to know that there are people out there who live on $5000 per year. Maybe they can share some budget tips.

  • Ben
    January 2, 2009 - 8:05 pm | Permalink

    This is great news. It's good to know that there are people out there who live on $5000 per year. Maybe they can share some budget tips.

  • Ben
    January 2, 2009 - 8:05 pm | Permalink

    This is great news. It's good to know that there are people out there who live on $5000 per year. Maybe they can share some budget tips.

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