"Over the last several years the French Federation of Cycling has chosen the maximum number of 6 Elite Men riders and only 2 Elite Women riders. France sent 18 total rider to the 2012 World Championships in Belgium, only Caroline Mani and Lucie Chainel-Lefevre represented France in the Elite Women’s field. For 2013 only 11 total riders will be representing France. “At FFC, we decided that only 3 elite, 3 expectations, 3 juniors and 2 ladies will travel”, said Pierre-Yves Chatelon. Citing money as the issue of why so few riders will be racing. Even though teams and riders have offered to pay their own way, the FFC will still not grant them a race number. Julie Krasniak had some thoughts this past weekend in Bend, “All they have to do is give us a number to go”, “It’s not normal to take 6 men and only 2 women… it’s not balanced.. Its a discrimination by sex”."
Krasniak & Mani: Racing Worlds is Uncertain | News | CyclingDirt
Just… no words….
"Julie Bresset (BH - SR Suntour - Peisey Vallandry) rode to a stellar 2012 season and captured not only two important gold medals but also the most votes for Female Mountain Biker of the Year from Cyclingnews’ readers. The first-year elite cross country racer received 3,031 votes or 20.56% of those cast."
— 2012 Reader Poll: Bresset Wins Female Mountain Biker Category | Cyclingnews.com