Opinion: Don’t blame Olivia Ray – prize payments are a sport-wide issue

Into The Lion’s Den criterium
The podium of the Into The Lion’s Den criterium (Image credit: Kit Karzen)

For those unfamiliar with Olivia Ray, she is the criterium national champion from New Zealand and is currently under contract to race for an American-based Continental women's team Rally Cycling. She's also known for pushing to make cycling a safer space for everyone through discussions surrounding mental health awareness and body positivity.

In October, Ray won the pro women's race at the inaugural Into The Lion's Den Criterium in Sacramento. It was a meaningful victory for her and her team.

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Kirsten Frattini
Deputy Editor

Kirsten Frattini is the Deputy Editor of Cyclingnews, overseeing the global racing content plan.

Kirsten has a background in Kinesiology and Health Science. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's biggest races, reporting on the WorldTour, Spring Classics, Tours de France, World Championships and Olympic Games.

She began her sports journalism career with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. In 2018, Kirsten became Women's Editor – overseeing the content strategy, race coverage and growth of women's professional cycling – before becoming Deputy Editor in 2023.