a women’s Tour de France updatePosted: September 16, 2013
Momentum is building for a women’s Tour de France and it’s got some pretty amazing names behind it: Marianne Vos, Emma Pooley, Kathryn Bertine, Chrissie Wellington. These impressive women are tops in women’s pro racing and competitive sports. They say:
We established this campaign to help support the growth of women’s cycling and build a sport with greater consumer, media and commercial appeal – starting with a women’s race at the Tour de France.
In the link you’ll find their manifesto, a petition, news & media links, FAQ, and a kit/jersey for sale to support the cause. It’s inspiring!
They hope to have a pilot race going in 2014, alongside the men’s race. This would be a shorter race than the traditional men’s Tour de France and would give race fans a nice taste of what a women’s Tour de France could be.
It won’t be easy; women’s races are not as popular as men’s races. But with exposure and support I hope this momentum builds and we will soon see more media coverage of women’s races. I’d love to find women’s races in my channel lineup!
Would you watch a women’s Tour de France?
- Emma Pooley remains frustrated at women’s low status in cycling (theguardian.com)
- Sport Minister calls for a Tour de France race for women (itv.com)
- Nicole Cooke fights to close cycling’s divide as Tour of Britain starts | Richard Williams (theguardian.com)