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Women in the tour?(16 posts)

Women in the tour?gerwerken
Jul 16, 2002 1:00 PM
I was wondering why there are no women in the tour (that I have seen anyway). Is there a rule against women riders, or have no women been up to the challenge thus far? What's the deal?
re: Women in the tour?TJeanloz
Jul 16, 2002 1:07 PM
I wonder if this is a troll, but I will respond.

Women, though technically not banned from the Tour, effectively are, because they would have absolutely 0 chance of keeping up. The top one or two women in the world MIGHT be capable of riding as well as the lantern rouge of the tour, but wouldn't be capable of pulling the group, chasing breaks, carrying water, or the other crap jobs.

I have seen the top women in the world (Longo, Dunlap, Bruckner) ride in mens races- usually with the Cat 3's.
re: Women in the tour?gerwerken
Jul 16, 2002 1:14 PM
What is a troll?
Title IX is a U.S. phenomenon. (nm)brider
Jul 16, 2002 1:07 PM
Tour de Feminin. Still exist? nmBrooks
Jul 16, 2002 1:19 PM
Women and the TourJon Billheimer
Jul 16, 2002 1:24 PM
I saw an article a couple of years ago that addressed this question. According to average and peak power outputs recorded from some of the top women pros it was concluded that the top women could hang in the pack on the flatter stages, but not in the mountains and certainly not for the duration of a three week tour.
Tours for women?gerwerken
Jul 16, 2002 1:28 PM
What are the big tours for women? What kind of terrian do they cover, how long do they last, and why haven't I seen them on OLN?
For the same reason FOX doesn't show a women's Superbowl (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 16, 2002 2:28 PM
That wasn't intended as a sexist comment by the wayColnagoFE
Jul 16, 2002 2:31 PM
Just relaying the realities of TV programming. Let's face it...the Tour de France is probably a big gamble in the first place for OLN. How many people do you think would tune in to watch a women's version of it? How many sponsors would sponsor it? I'm guessing there would be some, but not as many as for the TDF.
Thank You for clearing that up.gerwerken
Jul 16, 2002 3:24 PM
I was about to go on a mad rant.
believe soJekyll
Jul 16, 2002 1:25 PM
I think the official name is: 'La Grande Boucle Feminine Internationale'
re: Women in the tour?taar44
Jul 16, 2002 1:58 PM
Anyone know if there has ever been any Blacks, Middle eastern or asian riders in the tour?
podium chicks???? ..... ;-) NmSpirito
Jul 16, 2002 2:26 PM
Women had their own Tour......Pecos
Jul 16, 2002 2:59 PM
A women in our club wrote this article for our news letter. I am sure she would love to have it answer your question here.

* Have you ever wondered why women's Tour de France was so short-lived? Well – as a noble experiment, it ranked with Prohibition, and was nearly as popular. The course was modeled on the men's, covering a part of the same daily stages, roughly the last third, a few hours before the men came through. Also, international racing rules limited the women to racing 80 kilometers a day. They were also excused from climbing the highest mountains, and their prizes were worth only a fraction ( one/twentyfifth )of what a man could earn.

While it lasted (from 1984-1989) the women's Tour de France never amounted to much of a race. Since few journalists could afford the time to watch them, having instead to be with the real Tour, the women raced without any publicity. Another problem, and perhaps the most important, was that women fell into only two categories: Jeannie Longo, alone at the top; and everyone else far behind. Predicable but not exciting.
Women had their own Tour......gerwerken
Jul 16, 2002 3:30 PM
I had no idea women had once had their own tour. Thank You for replying. I wonder if the women's version versoin would have faired any better if it's stages had not been raced hours before the men's. Perhaps if it had been a few weeks before or after the men's tour it would have had more media coverage, been more popular, and still be around. Thank You!
re: Tour de France FeminineGary M
Jul 17, 2002 2:36 PM
According to the Colorado Springs paper this morning:

"In August, Team T-Mobile will compete in the Tour de France Feminine, the top prize in women's cycling. "Here, people see the Olympics as the most important race for women," said Mari Holden, Colorado Springs resident and Olympic medalist in 2002. "In Europe, just like the men, it's the Tour de France."