This year we raised a ton of money for DPF. That was fantastic, and I’d never want to take money away from DPF as I am sure they rely on it heavily as a major donation to their annual work and it is a great cause.
But could we run a 2nd ToS, and use it to fund a UCI position for someone like Kathryn Bertine or Emma Pooley to do the work that is needed so badly?
If $250k was to be raised, that would support putting someone into the role, provide some level of security in the role, and would be someone who could try and change it from the inside - work directly with the existing people who manage sponsors, manufacturers, contracts etc.
Isn’t it better to fix something from the inside rather than talk about how bad it is from the outside?
If it was an annual thing, it could eventually support more than one person plus costs/expenses.
If the UCI was presented with a “sponsorship of a full time equality role” from someone like Wahoo where it cost Wahoo nothing except some of their brand, but it it was funded from the SUF community, it would be hard for the UCI to turn it down without losing any last remnants of respect/integrity they have on the subject.
Or am I being too much of an idealist?