The Gender Divide: The Future Of Women's Cycling

The gender divide: the future of women's cycling

Richard Moore 11 Oct 2018 Historically women’s cycling has had less money, support and coverage than the men. We look at what's changed and what still needs to This article first appeared in Issue 74 of Cyclist Magazine Words Richard Moore Illustration Eliot Wyatt In 2007, when she was just 18, Lizzie Deignan (then Armitstead) was chasing the dream, hoping to ride the major races in Europe and turn professional. In her first year as a senior she went to one such major event, the Tour of Brittany. It felt more like a school trip than an international bike race, not least because they were put up at night in classrooms, sleeping on camp beds. School desks were positioned between the beds to give the riders some privacy. On the final night there was a treat for the riders: a night in a hotel. The scales fell from Deignan’s eyes ...

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