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Despite COVID and crashes, Homer cyclist finishes women’s Tour de France

Despite COVID and crashes, Homer cyclist finishes women’s Tour de France

Kristen Faulkner continues despite injuries during Stage Three (Reims to Epernay) of the Tour de France Femmes on July 26, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Kristen…

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Kristen Faulkner continues despite injuries during Stage Three (Reims to Epernay) of the Tour de France Femmes on July 26, 2022. (Photo courtesy of Kristen Faulkner) The Tour de France is arguably competitive cycling’s most famous race. The men’s tour is an almost month-long event that winds through the French countryside every July.

However, most people might not be as familiar with the women’s tour. That’s because this year was the first time in over three decades that women have competed.

While the men’s Tour de France is a several-week event with over 21 stages, the women’s course is scaled down in comparison, with eight legs stages.

Homer-grown cyclist Kristen Faulkner, who participated in her first Tour de France last month, believes there are several reasons for that.

“I think the organizers still have kind of this traditional mentality in Europe, that women can’t do as much as men,” she said. “I think the second factor is the finances that are required in the upfront investment. And right now they’re not willing to invest so much in women’s cycling until they know that there’s actually people willing to watch it.”

Faulkner first considered professional cycling while working in New York City as a venture capitalist.

Although she was athletic, she said cycling wasn’t on her radar. The then 23-year-old had just finished college at Harvard, where she majored in computer science. While in school, she broke records for rowing and held the school’s best time for indoor rowing in her weight class.Before that, Faulkner said […]

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