Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic Brings Pedal Parity to Pro Cycling

Laura Van Gilder, left, of Mellow Mushroom, edges out Amy Cutler of Fearless Femme in the 2015 pro women's race.

The Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce, organizer of the Benchmark Twilight Cycling Classic, has announced that equal prize money will be awarded for this year’s Brumbaugh Wealth Management Pro Women’s Criterium and the Iron Hill Pro Men’s Criterium.

Now in its 13th year, the iconic West Chester event will take place on Saturday, Aug. 12, and $7,500 will be up for grabs in each race.

“We are pleased to support this inspiring women’s sports event, especially since it will bring long-overdue parity between the pro men’s and pro women’s races,” said Kim Brumbaugh, CEO of Brumbaugh Wealth Management. “The women involved in the race are committed. They are leaders. They are racing with their peers and developing relationships. And that is really in alignment with our firm.”

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“It’s just right for so many reasons,” said Mark Yoder, President of the Greater West Chester Chamber of Commerce. “And we are proud of our decision to offer equal prize purses in both pro events.”

Benchmark Federal Credit Union is the title sponsor of the entire event.

“We are delighted with the commitment shown to both the growth of the women’s professional cycling and to gender equality,” said Rebecca Worthington, Benchmark’s Vice President of Marketing. “To recognize the cyclists in this way demonstrates the value that women’s professional cycling adds to the sport, and I know we’ll see some exceptional racing this year.”

Pro women’s racing has gradually begun to take on the greater importance it deserves.

“We are proud to be part of helping women athletes find greater opportunities and economic incentives, allowing them to commit to developing full-time professional sports careers,” said Yoder.

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