The power fans can make a difference to get Women’s cycling on the telly!!!

I spent the weekend at Ballarat, well Buninyong, to be exact, watching the Australian National Road Race Championships.

The racing was amazing.

The women’s race on Saturday was thrilling. It was filled with attacks and counter attacks and ended with a thrilling sprint finish.

Gracie Elvin rolled over the line first to claim back to back national titles.

The men’s race on Sunday was equally exciting.

The crowds turned out to see Cadel Evans compete at the Nationals for the first time since 2005.

Also in the mix to take the title, Richie Porte and Simon Gerrans.

The early breakaway worked hard to clinch victory but it really became the Gerrans, Porte and Evans show with Gerrans winning on the final sprint to the line.

My time at Ballarat over the weekend included attending a forum on the future of women’s cycling and spending time on the roadside got me thinking about just how powerful fans can be.

So, I wrote a little something celebrating this power and calling for action on getting increased coverage of women’s cycling and how that can build a support base for the sport.

This was originally published on The Roar

http://www.theroar.com.au/2014/01/14/national-road-championships-the-power-of-spectatorship/

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