Talking Women’s Cycling with Kristy Scrymgeour of Specialized-lululemon
Kristy Scrymgeour is the owner and founder of the Specialized-lululemon women’s team. She raced four years at the elite level, and more recently, she served as the media representative for the HTC-Highroad team. In summer 2011, Scrymgeour built the Specialized-lululemon team on the foundations of HTC-Highroad, after the world’s number one team failed to find sufficient sponsorship and folded.
As the owner of one of the top women’s teams, Scrymgeour is committed to growing the sport. Though women’s cycling faces its share of challenges, Scrymgeour is optimistic about the future and expects the sport to grow significantly over the next few years. Cycling Illustrated caught up with Scrymgeour last week to get her perspective on where women’s cycling stands now and where it might be headed.
“Women’s professional cycling, if you think about the level of racing, is at a good place right now,” Scrymgeour said. “I think if you talk to riders who’ve been around for a few years, every year for the past fifteen years, just progressively, it’s gotten harder and harder to win a race.” She sees the riders rising to the challenge of the more competitive racing that has come from better-organized and more professional teams. “I think the riders enjoy that, and it’s led to teams becoming more unified and race tactics becoming more exciting.”
The biggest challenge for women’s cycling now is to make it more widely available for fans to watch, in her view. “There’s people trying to do that on an individual level around the world, but there needs to be kind of a big concerted effort on that,” Scrymgeour believes. “Definitely what the sport needs is to be seen and in turn, it will grow because it will become more viable to sponsors.”