Happy Women’s Day!

It’s 2017 and we, cycling women, came a long way. Cycling has a lot of terms like Flandrien, Sprinteur, Grimpeur, … They have a lot of gorgeous looking bikes. They have a lot of super
looking clothes. All-male. It took us a long time to get next to them. Thanks to Marianne Vos, Pauline Ferrand-Prévot, Ellen van Dijk and other successful female riders we have terms like Flandrienne. There are cool brands that pay attention to women’s clothes and bikes like Dotout, Black Sheep Cycling, Peloton de Paris, Ridley Bikes, Specialized or Assos.

We’re trying to get out of that male cycling shadow. It’s hard, but we’re not tired of trying. We have a lot of energy left to attack again and again. Until we’re out of that shadow and
enjoying the view on our own.

Our way up

A lot of brands, broadcasting stations are noticing us. This winter, people more enjoyed female CX than the male version. Ours was way more exciting. Hell yeah! Our Omloop het Nieuwsblad for Women was just as hard as the men’s and just as exciting. Our Strade Bianche was just as insane as the men’s and we looked better on the photo’s 😉

But the road is long and hard. In this age it’s time our live TV-coverage is equal to men. Our portion of the media attention should be equal to men. Marianne’s performance this Winter was insane. She had such a hard time these last years, she had to battle to get back on that level and yet she succeeded. Her third CX race she won and hardly stopped winning. If a man would perform like this, he would’ve had so much attention in the press. Marianne hardly got noticed.

But at least the CX got broadcasted, we’re a couple of races in this road season and we had
to be satisfied with some summary reports on Eurosport (thank you Eurosport  ). And they were broadcasted after the recap of the recap of the recap of the men’s race. That is not OK.

Tennis, Skiing and other sports are not one but ten steps further in equalizing the Men’s and. Women’s sport. It’s time cycling follows. If they make sure the live TV-coverage is a regular fact, we’ll make sure our race will be better than the Men’s.

Let’s all be #BeBoldForChange

Copyright: Tim De Waele


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