"— Kathryn Bertine (@KathrynBertine)
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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.""
I am always interested in how some people choose to conflate the words “difficult” and “impossible”, but I wanted to draw your attention to how Prudhomme has been chastising the organisers of the women’s TdF petition, and the MP Harriet Harman, for how they went about it - apparently emailing is bad form?
I know for a fact people have been asking the ASO about more women’s racing for years, and the ASO has ignored them out of hand. So they’ve mobilised social media, and good for them!
(I am also interested in his implication that’s it’s impossible but that if they’d approached him in a different way, it might not be. Makes no sense…)
To support the calls for a women’s Tour de France, sign the petition, and share it with everyone you know who is interested in cycling, or women’s issues. Hell, even if you don’t care either way, knowing it annoys Pudhomme so much is surely worth a few clicks!
But Prudhomme said simply bolting on a women’s race to a Tour that is already full to capacity was not practical.
"It would have been better for (Harman) to talk to us at the end of one of the stages or after another race," said Prudhomme on a visit to Yorkshire on Friday. "We are not the only organizers of cycling in the world.
"Also, it would have been much easier to talk to us directly instead of a petition and (finding out by) opening your mailbox one morning and you don’t know what has happened.
"We are open to everything. Having women’s races is very important for sure. (But) the Tour is huge and you cannot have it bigger and bigger and bigger down the road—it is impossible."
So Prudhomme says Harman shouldn’t have emailed him her letter? And that the petition organisers are wrong for mobilising support? I know people have been trying to talk to him for YEARS about women racing - so what he’s saying is he’d prefer them to have emailed him, so he could have ignored them? I am hoping his quotes are lost in translation….
"It’s the biggest race in the world," Pooley told CNN. It’s a matter of principle, why shouldn’t we race? "It’s outdated and old fashioned to think women can’t do it —professional sport is there to inspire.
"So many women watch the Tour de France and they should have the chance to be able to be inspired.
"It’s a marketing game, it’s about sponsorship and money and I know that. But the sponsors and authorities should see the dollar signs because there’s a huge growing market and it’s growing quickly.""
Interviews with Kathryn Bertine, Emma Pooley and Brian Cookson about inequalities in cycling, and the petition for a women’s Tour de France. (Don’t forget, you can sign the petition on Change.org)
In the midst of the Tour de France, media like the LA Times, CNN, BBC and many more are taking a break from talking about the boys to focus on a movement within the women’s peloton that is gaining momentum.
Cyclists Marianne Vos, Emma Pooley, Kathryn Bertine and triathlete Chrissie Wellington have launched a petition with one simple demand: allow women to race Tour de France."
“Here I was, about to go tell all these kids and teachers about the joys of cycling and how fantastic the Tour of Utah is, but when they ask when I’m racing, I’ll have to tell them I can’t,” she said. There is no women’s professional field at the Tour of Utah.
After careful consideration, Wangsgard turned down the committee position. The only question worse than “When will you be racing?” for female pro cyclists is the subsequent question of “Why not?”"