Easily the best ride of 2018 🚲! Huge thanks to @patmulrooney for the hospitality and @epiller for being the best travel companion. The video is live soon on the channel, which can be found easily and without much effort into bio 👈.
Ladies cyclists especially, I’m curious for your perspective. An otherwise great gravel ride (@belgianwaffleride) uses women essentially as gimmicks, with scantily clad women spraying water on the majority male riders on one section of the course. I contacted the organizers, encouraging them to rethink this part of the course, or at least balance it out with dudes in speedos, but they have yet to respond. Sure, bathing suits are awesome at the beach, but I feel context is important here. As it is, it’s a way to get away with women wearing as little as possible for entertainment value. In a world where gender inequality in sports still exists, where “podium girls” are still a thing on the biggest stages, I think BWR can do more. And, gravel is picking up, among women too. Why not put more energy into empowering women to ride, less into sexualizing them?