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In every interview, I’m asked; “What should we do about inequality in cycling?”
I’ll give the same reply to you as I do to them, (or a more articulate, less breathless version than I can give on a finish line): “The best thing I can do to promote women’s cycling is to be good at my job and put on a show that people want to watch. The best thing you can do as a journalist is to report on that show. Not on the inequalities, but on the racing, the drama and the action.”
It would have been easy to fill these pages with content about ingrained sexism, prize money discrepancies and the eternal quest to find a saddle that won’t eventually result in reconstructive surgery. And rightfully so. These are important subjects to cover and I hope to read about them more in this magazine.
But I wanted to use this opportunity to explore what happens post-adversity. A glimpse into the future; when sport media no longer needs to address the problems we face and can focus on women’s interests. On interesting women. When we are truly treated as equals, without the need for ‘female’ to prefix ‘cyclist’.
And so, with my guest-editing powers, that’s exactly what I wanted to do with this issue of Cycling Weekly.
Cycling Weekly magazine guest editor
My highlights this week
- When can we all race again?
- 500km non-stop riding around Herne Hill
- World champ Lucinda Brand’s training regime
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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.
An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).
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