Putting the brakes on inequality in women's cycling

Updated: May 18, 2012, 2:59 PM ET
By Kathryn Bertine

Four young women from the Panamanian national team are packing up their bicycles, disassembling the frames and loading them into bulky plastic cases required for airplane transport. I'm confused, though. We've only raced two of the UCI races here in Venezuela. We still have two to go. I ask why they are leaving early. Don't they want to shoot for those elusive Olympic qualification points?

They do, but there's an issue. Of the six international teams represented in Venezuela, ...

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