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Forty Four Percent of Cyclists are Women(7 posts)

Forty Four Percent of Cyclists are Womenabicirider
Aug 4, 2002 5:27 AM
Just read this in the newest copy of Bicycle Retailer I just rec.According to the National Sporting Goods Association 44% of cyclist are women. it says some 17.2 million women were reported as cycling participants. About 6.3 million woman rode Mountain bikes on the road and 2 million rode off rode. The catch to me However is that the NSGA defines a cyclist as anybody who rides 6 times or more during a year. I think the majority of us here on this site would have to disagree with riding only 6 times a year. To me the numbers of women riders here on the rodes and races in North Carolina sure doesn't come close to seeing 44% of cyclist are women.
I thought this was just an interesting Stat.

Thank you
Ray Still
Mooresville, NC
it's hard for women to break into competitive cyclingweiwentg
Aug 4, 2002 6:28 AM
not that I have any personal experience, but 3 girls joined the club this year, all new riders. one is a national-caliber speed skater and is very fast. one got discouraged and took up frisbee (ack). one is, fortunately, still riding.
mostly the (new) ladies get dropped bad. I started riding at 15mph average for ~20 miles, and I have been running distance for 2 years (and I am a guy). now (ladies, no offense) take a woman who is starting cycling to gain fitness. the gap from my starting point to the point where I could hang onto the guys in the club was pretty big. for a new female rider the gap is even bigger (unless you're a national caliber speed skater; the person in question would've gone to the Olympics if they had distance speed skating).
as for my friend who semi-dropped out, I and some other people have been trying to encourage her. but she gets dropped even if nobody attacks, and on our club rides there can sometimes be a lot of attacks. hopefully she'll start again next season, but it doesn't help that she perceives some of our club members as unfriendly or snobbish.
so, as a result, the female riders I know are either pretty slow, or can wipe the floor with most people. the local 'bike queen' rides road, cross and MTB, and she was the top road rider in last year's collegiate season in the Midwest conference. she can hand me my head on a platter. anyday. (unless she breaks her collarbone, which she hasn't). Specialized gave her an E5 team bike. aargh.
LFR, if you're reading this, how the heck did you get started off? I mean, right now (not RIGHT NOW, but normally) you can probably wipe the floor with me in a sprint, and you can probably race with most of the guys on my team.
re: Forty Four Percent of Cyclists are Womenfbg111
Aug 4, 2002 6:30 AM
Cool, another North Carolinian. In my naiscent cycling career I've noticed that men seem to make up the vast majority of serious cyclists here in Wilmington, at least during my morning rides around town and at the beach. Conversely, women seem to make up the majority of runners in the same area. Strange that. Not exactly a scientific survey though, maybe men and women just prefer doing different exercises at different times.
re: Forty Four Percent of Cyclists are WomenJon Billheimer
Aug 4, 2002 7:52 AM
I've noticed too the differences in gender mix between running and cycling. Don't know the reasons why and have never really given it any serious thought.

The problem of new cyclists--not just women--getting dropped on group rides is easily remedied by clubs holding novice, no-drop rides. One of our local racing clubs does this, and as a result, has about doubled its membership. More membership equals more revenue and a broader base from which to recruit new racers. Our Masters club divides its Sunday group rides up into three groups: race simulation, training, and novice. This was in response to the typical problem of new or prospective members getting dropped every time they came out, and since has encouraged some growth in the club. A little common sense can go a long way.
yep, butweiwentg
Aug 5, 2002 3:48 AM
in my club's case, we have Wednesday night women's rides during summer. almost all of the women there - and there are a couple dozen - don't show up for the regular rides.
44% sounds about right to me.Spoke Wrench
Aug 4, 2002 2:20 PM
If you look at events like the big charity rides, I think you'll find pretty nearly equal participation between men and women.
OT: Are you associated with Cool Breeze? (nm)shortstroke
Aug 4, 2002 8:51 PM