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Just for one day - Kathryn Bertine

Talking about La Course by Le Tour de France, and what it means to her - it’s charming and touching, about everything’s she lost and everything’s she’s gained.

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I can’t wait to watch this film!

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I wrote this, about the changes I’ve seen in the last few years, and about the people I’m grateful to for working to make those changes. if you have any positive changes you want to share, or people in cycling you think have made the change possible, please do let me know either here or in the comments here, and I’ll include them in part 2. There’s a long way to go, but it feels like we’re in a promising place right now!

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"Emma Pooley is one of the most interesting riders in the peloton, the 2010 World Time Trial Champion and 2008 Olympic ITT silver medallist, who’s won some of the biggest races in the women’s calendar, including the Tour de l’Aude Grand Tour, and World Cups including the Trofeo Alfredo Binda, Flèche Wallonne and the GP de Plouay, combining climbing skills with suicide attacks. In part 1 of our interview she tells us all about what she was doing in her “reduced season”, including surviving finishing her PhD, running marathons in snowstorms, campaigning for women’s cycling, and much more."

Emma Pooley interview: Part 1 - life off the bike - Podium Cafe

I was lucky enough to interview the amazing Emma Pooley! This is a transcript of what will go up as a podcast - so keep an eye out!

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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.

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Half the Road is an Enraging Portrait of the Entrenched Sexism in Competitive Sports | Village Voice

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It’s this week’s episode of Dan’s and my women’s cycling podcast.  Dan describes it:

Podcast 2014 Episode 5 – What’s the Capital of Delaware?

Hi everybody! This week Sarah and I recap the highlights and tragedies of the Omloop. We also ambitiously try to (kinda) follow Le Samyn semi-live while we record. We talk about the Track World Championships, including stellar performances from Kelly Druyts, Amy Cure, Sarah Hammer and more. We talk about Richmond worlds and a whole bunch of awards of the film type and other types as well! We get into a weird conversation about US state capitals and Sarah baselessly accuses Dan of lying, so of course Dan responds by accusing Sarah of lying about lying. See if you can spot who is telling the truth. Oh, and for those wondering, the Capital of Delaware is Dover, although Dan claims partial credit because there is actually a Wilmington in Delaware.(1:12:32 MIN / 69.64 MB)

Even if you don’t like podcasts, we have tons of videos, links, blogs and news in the post - click through to our blog to see what we talked about (and some stuff we didn’t get around to)

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Many women’s cycling supporters wish there was more media coverage out there. What are your thoughts on how to develop that side of the sport?

In any other sport the media caters to the athlete because they are well known or the sport itself is well known. But with cycling, I don’t think the media has truly has any idea what to do with us on a global level. One of the things we need to do, and I hope that the film helped in this, is that we need to show that these racers have personalities, that they have lives that are interesting on the bike as well as off. Once the media gets a whiff of the fascinating aspects in cycling, then I think that dynamic will change. Emma Pooley is a great example. She’s smart, funny and passionate. Also, I think that as female athletes, we need to celebrate each other as well. It’s one thing to be in competition and rip each other’s legs off, but when we’re off the bike we should elevate our sport by speaking highly of our competitors. We need to create fun dynamics, positive rivalries and really celebrate the attributes of our fellow racers.

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Clara Beard interviews Kathryn Bertine - Matrix Fitness – Vulpine

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Know anyone in VA? Go and stay with them and take them with you to the Half The Road women’s cycling film!

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Bertine outlines what she believes are the most important things in year one. “Securing media and sponsorship will be the key factors, and of course, the fans of cycling can play an enormous role by supporting this year’s La Course race.

“Click on the links, watch the news programs, talk about the incredible change taking place…this is something we can all do to drive change. If we create the demand, opportunity and business potential for women’s pro cycling the thrive, then ASO will continue to see the value.”

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Bertine: New La Course race is ‘stepping stone towards a women’s Tour de France’

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“We see this as a stepping stone toward a women’s Tour,” she told VeloNation, making clear that the long term ambition remains the same. “With the 2014 Tour de France less than six months away, we understand time is an issue and we’re grateful for the opportunity to make history this year with a one-day event.

“This race is a perfect launching pad to build upon in the years to come [as regards a multi-day womens’s Tour de France]. It’s important because female athletes need high profile stages on which to compete, with the associated media coverage and sponsorship, to truly enable them to shine. Le Tour is just that stage.”

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Bertine: New La Course race is ‘stepping stone towards a women’s Tour de France’

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Want to know more about Le Tour Entier?  Check out their website.

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She believes this month’s UCI presidential election will play a “huge role” and insisted that should Brian Cookson defeat the incumbent Pat McQuaid it would be a catalyst for change.

Bertine added: “We have to elevate all of women’s cycling so it is sustainable. It’s about having a Tour de Everything, all the opportunities that the men have as well.

"Right now, we need change. We believe that Brian Cookson, in his manifesto, presents an opportunity for women’s cycling to move forward.

"If Pat McQuaid wins [a third term], my biggest fear is that nothing will happen."

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Women’s Tour manifesto published - BBC Sport