or that's the message the UCI is currently sending out via the Junior World Championships run over the weekend.
The men's TT was run over 25.8km
The women's TT was half that distance at 12.9km.
Similarly the women's road race was 2/3rds the distance of the men. Do you see women being forced to race a half marathon only while the men can race the full monty, or 50m instead of the 100m???
Did the organisers run out of road, time, money, officials and commissaires (interest and respect???) to run a full distance for the women????
Get real UCI. Such disparities make a mockery of women's cycling. Is it just me, or is women's cycling going backwards?? It seems to be a reflection of a greater revisionist/reactionary approach the UCI is taking in governing the sport. I won't even go near the ongoing portrayals of women in the media, wearing aprons and their grandmother's floral print frocks in the kitchen.
Sometimes I wonder why we even bother when we are patronised in such a way by the peak international organising body of our sport. Providing such discrepancies in international (World championships!!!!) events devalues and undermines the hard work female cyclists and their supporters/teams to to achieve the results they do, on often less resources than their male counterparts. I see it on the track all the time (500m vs the kilo, IP distances, scratch distances etc). Isn't it interesting that at club level, and even State opens, it's ok for women to race the same race against men (and sometimes even win, as per Peta Mullens win last weekend at the Rob Vernon) but once you get to national and international level it's not. Can someone please tell me the difference???? I don't see any....
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