By Chris Marshall-Bell published
A documentary highlighting the gender inequality in cycling is being screened in Manchester today (Saturday, March 7).
Kathryn Bertine has written and directed Half the Road showing that women are not treated with the same weight and respect as their male counterparts in professional cycling.
What initially intended to be a documentary about women’s cycling on a professional level quickly transformed into an investigation of why the sport does not give shared parity to females.
The makers of the film hope that the emotions and opinions conveyed foreshadow a time when all sport views women as equal, competent athletes and not as opposites of men.
The two-hour showing includes interviews with Olympians, world champions, coaches, officials and other personnel connected to women’s cycling.
Kathryn commented: “I began this documentary with the assumption it was about women’s professional cycling. A few months in, I realised the film was about equality and society, as told through the mediums of cyclists.”
Organised by Team Glow and partners, Half the Road is being shown at the People’s History Museum in Manchester between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. Tickets, costing £5, available on the Eventbrite wesbite.
Chris first started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2013 on work experience and has since become a regular name in the magazine and on the website. Reporting from races, long interviews with riders from the peloton and riding features drive his love of writing about all things two wheels.
Probably a bit too obsessed with mountains, he was previously found playing and guiding in the Canadian Rockies, and now mostly lives in the Val d’Aran in the Spanish Pyrenees where he’s a ski instructor in the winter and cycling guide in the summer. He almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.
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