Voxwomen needs funding to complete a pilot episode for a potential new television series on women's cycling

The producers of a potential television series aimed at women cyclists are seeking crowd-funding via website Kickstarter to get a pilot episode made and secure a broadcast slot on a ‘major TV broadcaster’.

Voxwomen has attracted interest from a television broadcaster to produce a series of shows on women’s cycling: all they have to do is make a pilot episode to convince the broadcaster that there is a place for a women’s bike show.

In order to complete the pilot episode, they need funding of £8000 – and have appealed to the public to help out in return for a series of rewards.

At the time of writing, well over £2000 has already been pledged.

“Voxwomen has been up and running for just a short time – since the end of February we have covered women’s racing across Europe, interviewed some of the top international pro-cyclists, and our team have just come back from an amazing trip as marketing partners at the Amgen Tour of California,” said Voxwomen on its Kickstarter page.

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“A major TV broadcaster has agreed to take our show if we can produce a good pilot episode. We have got some fantastic ideas for the first programme, and have already funded the first part of filming… but we need to raise enough money to finish the pilot episode to show just how good women’s cycling on TV can be.”

Interested parties can pledge any amount via Kickstarter, with rewards dependent on the amount pledged ranging from a thank you video from the Voxwomen team to an exclusive first-look at the show, or a ride and cafe stop with the Voxwomen team.

There’s also an opening for a corporate sponsor pledging £5000 or more to have their name associated with the programme.

Find out more details or make a pledge via the Voxwomen Kickstarter page, or visit the Voxwomen website.

 

  • Jon

    That’s right, it’s all other people’s problems and you can appear to be perfectly reasonable while airing whatever objectionable views you want. Imagine that!

  • Riggah

    You’re offended? Not my problem. That’s yours. As is your predisposition to make assumptions and ‘imagine’ what another person may or may not believe.

  • Jon

    Well frankly, I AM offended by your so called ‘just pointing out’. It’s not equality – they have fewer opportunities, get paid a lot less, and when they do something positive like this to help raise interest in women’s cycling, there’s a backlash from people like yourself. And how is it a double standard when they have expressed no opposition to a men’s cycling show? You seem to be ‘imagining’ a lot of negative things that have nothing to do with this show, in order to express your indignation towards women, and I ‘imagine’ specifically towards feminists or as i ‘imagine’ you might call them, women who don’t know their place. This kind of attitude towards women is remarkably similar to the mindset of some drivers towards cyclists, and it stems from a dark and ignorant corner of the human psyche.

  • Riggah

    Not ‘offended’ nor ‘threatened’ at all by a women’s cycing show. I’m just pointing out the double standards that apply to this nonsense masquerading as ‘equality’.

  • Jon

    Why do you seem to be so offended about women making a cycling show? It’s about getting more women interested in the sport and more sponsorship for women’s events. It benefits cycling as a whole, so why are you so threatened by this? If there was a level playing field, and over 90% of cycling coverage wasn’t currently about MEN’S cycling, misogynistic ranting would still be a mean and sad response to an article I found pretty inspiring.

  • Rupert the Super Bear

    Good post, but not quite right – no offence. For a start, I think you’ll find that Nicole felt pretty hard done by when she retired.

    Are “average to mediocre” women riders really demanding total equality? The truth is that many women’s teams are run on a shoestring and the prize money is pitiable in most cases. I followed the progress of Hannah Barnes and Lucy Garner in last year’s Giro, believe me it was bloody hard going for these 2 young women. Do you think either of them came home with 1000s of Lira? Women’s cycling just needs more money – that’s all we’re really talking about.

    To be fair, in the UK cycling has long taken second place to all sorts of mediocre rubbish that’s masqueraded as sport. We can blame the BBC for that one, undoubtedly the biggest culprits. Making household names of track and field athletes that came home with one gold and their careers made – male or female. That’s the real problem, and it’s taken most of my life to see cycling take it’s rightful place in the limelight in the UK.

    I understand what you mean that some of the ladies we might see on our screens aren’t the equal of Vos, Burton or Cooke – but that could be said about some of the men too. Not all the male riders are Mark Cavendish. As far I’m concerned, cycling is our sport and imo all it’s competitors are doing something pretty amazing. So if we have programmes on TV promoting womens cycling , all the better – it all helps, it’s all good in my book.

  • Riggah

    You’re certainly right about BB and Nicole Cooke, exceptional athletes who got on with the job of winning despite the lack of coverage and recognition. But now it has been turned on its head with average to mediocre women cyclists who’ve barely won a thing demanding ‘equality’ with the men as their right. Equal prize money, equal coverage and even equal status without having to earn the right as the men have had to do over many decades.
    If women want all the trappings of the men’s sport then it is there for the taking. They just have to compete with the men for it. But of course, when women demand ‘equality’ they don’t want THAT much equality, just the bits that suit them. Like I said, double standards.

  • Rupert the Super Bear

    Although I agree with you that double standards in political correctness are common, this isn’t the case here. Women’s cycling has had a poor deal for decades – and there’s no reason why it should, it’s often as exciting as the men’s racing, often MORE exciting. Remember the 2 Olympic Road Races?

    What women’s cycling needs is more coverage – coverage of all sorts, TV, internet, print (includng Cycling Weekly!). The public just needs to know about it.

    It’s also worth pointing out that two of the UK’s most gifted female cyclists never got the recognition and full reward that they deserved – I refer to Beryl Burton and Nicole Cooke. These two ladies were two of Britain’s greatest athletes ever – full stop. I took some twerp to task on a forum a few years back, he’d been taking the mickey out of women’s cycling. I suggested he find himself in a race with Nicole – that she’d tear his legs off!

  • Riggah

    Imagine if someone made a MEN’S cycling show. Imagine the outrage, the accusations of ‘sexism’, ‘misogyny’ and claims of ‘sending women’s rights back to the 19th century’! We can only imagine because the concept wouldn’t see the light of day. It is odd how women think it’s OK to embrace double standards.