I’m training with a women’s development team for my first race in Central Park. My coach and the team captain are both women, and they’re teaching me all the lingo: Hold your line! Hug her wheel! Keep your RPMs up! Get into your drops! All while avoiding the bonk.
While technology has changed over the last 35 years, the glory of winning has stayed the same. Women’s cycling is actually a thing now, but so many of the rituals have stayed the same.
When my mom talks about her cycling experience, she doesn’t distinguish herself against men. She trained and raced with men, wore men’s clothing, and rode a men’s bicycle. It would be another two and a half decades before one of her sponsors—Specialized—would introduce its first women’s bicycle…
Winners kiss who they want, and checkout those warmup pants and Adidas sandals on the podium, such style!!!