Women Bikers Biked The Tour De France One Day Ahead Of The Men To Prove A Point
It's 2018 and these women feel that they deserve to take part in the most famous bike race in the world
The Tour de France is the most important bike race in the world. According to the races official site the race ran from Saturday July 7 to Sunday July 29, 2018. This was the 105th Tour de France and it consisted of 21 stages and covered a total distance of 3,349 kilometers - that's 2,080 miles! The following is how the race is broken down:
8 flat stages
5 hilly stages
6 mountain stages and 3 altitude finishes (La Rosière, Alpe d’Huez, Saint-Lary-Soulan col du Portet)
1 individual time-trial
1 team time-trial
2 rest days
The race is only open to qualified male bikers and so a group of women bikers biked the entire Tour de France to prove that it was time to allow there to be a women’s Tour de France, or to let women race alongside of the men in the Tour.
Who are these women?
These women were chosen through the Club Omnisport de Courcouronnes Cyclisme Féminin, which is affiliated with the French cycling group La Fédération Française de Cyclisme. The group wanted 13 amateur female cyclists to complete the Tour one day ahead of the male cyclists.
The group consists of women from many different countries and has been doing this Tour de France project since 2015.
As of right now, Tour de France has not commented as to whether or not they will open up the race to female bikers, but it won’t be long until these women are biking circles around their tour de France male counterparts and (hopefully) the tour will listen and give them the well deserved chance to race. The women have been doing this already for 3 years.
In 1984, there was a Tour Cycliste Féminin which ran through 2009 when it lost financial funding. The race was seen as an equivalent to the Tour de France even though the monetary prize for winning was significantly smaller than the men’s prize.
There is also a women’s bike race called Giro Rosa which is and Italian race and is usually at the same time as the Tour de France and many female bikers feel that they are overshadowed by the Tour de France.
If you'd like to support these women, you can do so by liking their Facebook page and following their journey as they seek out equality for women in biking.