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Opinion: Stop excluding women’s race categories

Opinion: Stop excluding women’s race categories

What can we learn from Cycling BC’s Tour de Concord reversal and from organizers setting a positive example in Vancouver Photo by: Melanie Katcher @melaniekatcher…

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What can we learn from Cycling BC’s Tour de Concord reversal and from organizers setting a positive example in Vancouver

Photo by: Melanie Katcher @melaniekatcher By Ramsey Glass

When Cycling BC announced the schedule for a new feature race, the Tour de Concord, one category was missing: Cat. 4 women. Online blowback , led by several local riders including Ramsey Glass, led to Cycling BC reversing course and agreeing to revisit the schedule. Glass writes about what can be learned from the situation, why the category should have been included in the first place, and how other Vancouver locals are setting a positive example in women’s cycling.

Women’s racing is alive and well in Vancouver. Only, people seem to need reminding of it.

Indeed, the women’s race scene is thriving. One local club grew from two female racers to 11 strong this year alone. One of those racers, Morgan Sherley, was determined to grow a team and she did; she spread the word about a team for new racers, ideal for women who had never raced before. She showed up consistently, ending every training or social ride with a simple question: “Have you ever thought about racing?”.

Turns out, many of us had. We just had never been asked and maybe being asked is all we needed, because soon enough one woman after another joined. Meraloma Racing. Photo: Melanie Katcher (@melaniekatcher) The general sentiment in my circle is that if you make space for women, women will show up. Many of […]

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