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A vicious cycle for female riders

Updated: October 19, 2012, 11:27 AM ET
By Kathryn Bertine

For most female professional cyclists, their story starts something like this: Girl meets bike. Girl loves bike. Girl gets fast. Pro team likes girl. Pro team offers small salary. Girl must work and race simultaneously. Boy, that's tough. Here's how girl does it.

Mary Zider of Team Colavita came to cycling the way most U.S. pro riders do: through a background of non-cycling-related sports.

"At a very young age I was always being dragged by older sisters to run the track ...

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