Multi-time world champion Marianne Vos, Hannah Barnes, Manon Carpenter, and Lauren Kitchen launched a new women’s cycling initiative Friday called Strongher, The Stage for Women Who Ride.
The organization will offer a website intended to connect women worldwide and collect information on who is cycling, where they are cycling, and what kind of cycling they do. The Strongher app will let women ride and chat with each other. Additionally, Strongher is developing new events for women and seeking cooperation with organizations like L’Etape de Tour.
“Women’s cycling is getting more and more popular, and as the sport is growing, more initiatives are being developed,” said Vos. “The time is right for women’s cycling to take the stage and close the gap to the men, Strongher will be this stage. We want to increase the exposure of all the professional athletes and reveal the people and characters of the sports. We want to give amateur women the confidence they need to start racing, developing events and other grassroots initiatives, inspiring women to take up cycling for the first time, and giving everyone the belief they can achieve and giving them a stage to show themselves.”