Pro-Cyclist Claims Job Offer Was Revoked Due to Nude Playboy Photoshoot

by Matthew Wilson
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A Playboy shoot just allegedly cost this pro-cyclist a job. A Belgian cyclist lost a spot on a cycling team after they discovered her nude photoshoot.

Tara Gins, 30, discussed how her decision to pose for the magazine has hurt her career. She posed for Playboy last year and also appeared topless in a calendar for a Belgian firm. Gins hasn’t been afraid to show off her body, posting steamy photos on her Instagram account. But in her latest post, she was fully clothed.

Gins captioned the photo, seemingly referencing her recent presence in headlines, “Fully dressed and grateful for all the support.”

The pro-cyclist wrote that the last few days had been hectic since the story broke. She was unsure what future she might have in the cycling world after sharing her side. “Cycling is my passion and will forever be my passion. Sometimes we need to take a step back to make a bigger jump at the end,” she wrote.

The Pro-Cyclist Lost A Job Opportunity

Gins had an agreement to join an unnamed male riding team for the 2021 season as the sports director. But after the team discovered her pictures, they revoked the agreement. Gins competed from 2016 to 2020 in the women’s professional ranks. And she’s upset to find her career halted by the move.

“I had a verbal agreement to start working for a team as a sports director this year [2021],” Gins told Cycling News. “That was something that I was really looking forward to because that is the direction that I want to go in. But apparently, someone has made a problem with a photo of me.”

The team reportedly decided to let her offer go after someone threatened to take photos to the team’s sponsors.

“Apparently these are now too inappropriate to work with riders,” Gins said. “Apparently, a photo is more important than capabilities or experience.”

Gins said she believes there’s a double-standard in the cycling industry. She said she’s seen inappropriate behavior among male riders, including infidelity. She also said that she’s been assaulted multiple times during her career. For instance, she said one staff member once kissed her against her will.

While Gins isn’t naming names, she did ride for the Belgium club Health Mate in 2018. Since then, 10 of those rides have been accused of misconduct and abuse. Gins hopes her story sheds light on the cycling industry and the misconduct that she has seen.

“I don’t mind now that the job has been canceled,” Gins said. “I don’t want to work with people who don’t see my capabilities and just walk with the herd.”

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