I have strong feelings about the lack of UCI coverage of the Para-cycling Track World Championships - and I pull together all the links of coverage I did find. (may contain a bit of a rant)
An hour into the low-budget, high-impact documentary, Union Cycliste International president Brian Cookson claims that a women’s Tour de France “would be devastation” because, “frankly, women are weaker.” Yet it appears he’s an improvement over former UCI president Hein Verbruggen, who advocated women be banned from racing while menstruating. Bertine’s occasionally dry film makes rare space for female cyclists to convey themselves with the seriousness and urgency they embody when they race.
Their arguments slowly accumulate into an enraging portrait of entrenched sexism in competitive sports that proves parity is worth fighting for."
Each of the key stage towns visited by the Women’s Tour will host a Women in Sport Festival, and lots of fun events for children of all ages across a wide range of sports.
This announcement comes as tour organisers SweetSpot released the names of more top riders who will be competing. Joining reigning World and Olympic Champion Marianne Vos will be World number one Emma Johansson and current leader of the UCI World Cup and British Champion Lizzie Armitstead."
Coming out of the corner, I’d managed to slot into the top 10 riders – perfect! All that was left to do now was hold my position as we sped towards the finish line. There were lots of twitchy riders as we started up the finishing straight. For one awful moment, I thought I was about to be knocked off (again) as wheels overlapped and the rider in front wobbled, catching her rear mech in my front wheel. I swerved round and pushed forward, somehow arriving on the front just as the matrix riders started to sprint.
From then on, the only thing I was thinking was ‘GO!!!!‘ I had no idea who was around me, only that I had to get over that finish line as soon as I could. It was a case of digging deep and pushing through the burning in my legs as we fought for the places."