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So Where Are The Female Cyclists?(31 posts)

So Where Are The Female Cyclists?tincanman99
Aug 22, 2003 10:10 AM
A few years ago I bought a Klein Quantum road bike, joined a few cycle clubs in NJ. My original intention was to get some exercise, meet people, meet women, etc.. Broaden my social circle.

First thing I encoutered is it seems like the cycle clubs are mostly male - like 80-90%. I enjoy riding and all but they also didn't seem to be very social - quite a few them did not want to bothered with other cyclists. Regardless 1 month after joining buying my bike, I met my wife at my gym...

My friend is single again and is looking to meet people. He was talking about joining some cycle clubs and I told him my observations.

So just where are the women cyclists?
The Great Northwest nmspluti
Aug 22, 2003 10:13 AM
They are in Holland...Bruno S
Aug 22, 2003 10:34 AM
from cyclingnews...
Glad to see riders with headlights nmFez
Aug 22, 2003 11:03 AM
What? Women riders get a podium GIRL?!?!??? (nm)The Walrus
Aug 22, 2003 11:04 AM
I think that's another competitor. (nm)PseuZQ
Aug 22, 2003 11:35 AM
They are in Holland...FTF
Aug 22, 2003 5:30 PM
you've convinced me... I'm moving.... To holland.
NOW THAT'S A POKEABLE PODIUM!Spoiler
Aug 23, 2003 1:11 PM
GET IT? Poke+podium. THAT'S GENIUS!
Now for our next game, let play "Point Out The Lesbian"

We'll number them 1-4, starting from left to right.
#1 is cute. Kind of a blond Janeane Garafolo with freckles.
Pony-tails turn me on too.
#2 Aside from the obvious high marks for twin salute, she's got some dangerously big teeth going. I'm not judging her for the big teeth, I'm just pointing out the danger.
#3 Maybe the hottest. Might be the white shorts.The problem is that she also looks fit. I could never be happy with a women faster than me.
#4 Look at the way she grips that trophy. Rings, smrings.
here's my theoryET
Aug 22, 2003 10:49 AM
(that is, aside from the usual attrition due to mothering and that speed and racing are more male-oriented things)

There aren't that many female cyclists because most don't want to risk losing their good looks in some horrific crash.
yeah. that's it._rt_
Aug 22, 2003 11:19 AM
there used to be a bunch of female cyclists, but now they're all barefoot & pregnant in the kitchen. and the ones who aren't barefoot & pregnant are in hiding for fear of having their scars revealed.

brilliant.

rt
LOL! Zing! (nm)PseuZQ
Aug 22, 2003 11:36 AM
nice one! (nm)theBreeze
Aug 22, 2003 11:49 AM
I don't know whether this is a joke or not, but this IS whybill
Aug 22, 2003 1:34 PM
there aren't more women. They face attitudes like this.
Women don't enter the sport because they don't feel very welcome. Men are so busy being competitive with each other and judging women (or ignoring them or patronizing them) that women either are (a) riding only with women or (b) skipping it and doing something else.
Not all women, of course. There are some women that ride with my club that I love to ride with. Some of them just plain aren't as fast as the men, but some are, and they are competitive, they are fun to ride with, and they just wish there were more women around. With too many roadies being the, um, roadies that they are, sometimes there ain't all that much to recommend it.
My experienceDropped
Aug 22, 2003 11:00 AM
When I was single, every female cyclist I met already had a cycling boyfriend, who was always the one who had gotten her into the sport.

My wife, an avid marathon runner and competitive swimmer, has absolutely no interest in riding a bike. "Too much gear to worry about," she says.
Cycling to Meet Women? On or off the bike?Fez
Aug 22, 2003 11:02 AM
You're constantly in motion - no chance at realistically meeting them, unless you hit on those you come across.

I'm usually a bit too intense on group rides or training sessions, so I don't see that many opportunities.

Oh, and I am married so its not like I'm trying.

Now, if you are a good cyclist, the results will should make you appealing to the women. That is, if they like lean men with rock hard, shaved legs and funky tan lines.
By my pool, naked, waiting for me to come home. nmGalibier
Aug 22, 2003 11:03 AM
re: So Where Are The Female Cyclists? Try another club.cmp
Aug 22, 2003 11:10 AM
Maybe you just haven't joined the right club? I ride with Morris Area Freewheelers sometimes, a Northern NJ club, and they have plenty of women riders. But if you go on a fast paced ride with any club, the number of women are few to none. With exceptions of course, men in general are just plain faster than women, and many women would prefer to socialize on a bike ride than hammer away. I just decided to give bike racing a try, and rode in a men's race the other day. Don't know if this also happens to women's races, but the amount of purposeful pushing each other around was ridiculous and dangerous. Of course, there was a crash during the race, thank goodness I avoided that. Also, some guy veered into me on purpose on a turn because he didn't think I was giving him enough room. I can definitely see why women would be hesitant to participate with this type of aggressive riding.
Sure53T
Aug 22, 2003 11:28 AM
At Mt. Washington last week, there were TWO men who were faster than G. Jenson!
My two cents....PseuZQ
Aug 22, 2003 11:28 AM
Oh, we're out there. I actually think it's kind of tough to meet guys riding, and not just because I smell bad.

Here's the thing. If we're slower than you guys we're viewed as a pain. I mean seriously, how many posts have you seen on this board alone where the guys are like, "My wife/gf/SO is slow! Wah! How do I get my training in?!"

BUT -- God forbid -- if we're stronger than some of the guys, they lose face and don't want to hang out with us.

Your friend may want to consider a charity training program. Team in Training, for example, seems to have a lot more female cyclists than men (alas...) plus the groups tend to be very friendly and noncompetitive.
Hey PseuZQgtscottie
Aug 22, 2003 12:27 PM
This is one guy you won't get telling you that my wife is too slow for me. I can hold my own with her on the flat but when we get to hills she just blasts me and leaves me staring at the horizon as she sails over it.
It took a lot to admit that she was a stronger rider but I finally came to grips with the fact that there are some things that she can do better than me.

On the other hand it isn't all that bad having that nice set of shorts in front of you......

Gotta go now
Most excellent! (nm)PseuZQ
Aug 22, 2003 12:43 PM
I have another hobby....Scot_Gore
Aug 22, 2003 11:28 AM
...Ballroom Dancing. In a hobby (sport) that requires a man and a women to compete, it's 80% women. So, if you want to get exercise, get fit, AND meet women. Get off the bike and get on the dance floor. Hey, both sports require expensive shoes you can't walk around in.

Scot
out MTB'ing?kenyee
Aug 22, 2003 11:33 AM
I swear I know more female MTBers than roadies...
Quite a few where I live...gf99
Aug 22, 2003 11:43 AM
As if I'm going to tell you chumps where. ;-)

I volunteer to lead slow/beginner group rides. These are usually about 30-50% women and being the ride leader helps break the ice.

Organizing women-only bike repair/maint or mtb skill clinics works great. Many women would rather do these things with other women rather than with a bunch of know-it-all guys.
re: So Where Are The Female Cyclists?rollo tommassi
Aug 22, 2003 11:45 AM
By and large, women do not join cycle clubs - unless already married!
They may do organised rides, like centuries or charity events. Women like me, who join a club and race, are relatively rare - considering the population of women who ride. Triathlons are still popular, though.

Our club just sponsored a Women's Clinic, and we had 72 attendees. Of that number, 20 raced, either triathlons or road/crit events.
Become a Velo Bella podium boy.Zonic Man
Aug 22, 2003 11:49 AM
It worked for me, anyway.
re: So Where Are The Female Cyclists?tincanman99
Aug 22, 2003 12:01 PM
Just wanted to toss this out there and get some other opinions. Thanks!

Personally I told him to join the New York Sports Club. Thats where I met my wife. Its a flesh pit for both sexes ;). I just started talking to her in Spin class. That was all it took...

My friend saw all the toys in the bike store and now has buy-itis ;). Like who doesn't after visiting the bike store...
On charity rides - nmdzrider
Aug 22, 2003 1:00 PM
Midwest Tandem Bicycle Rally next weekend.Spoke Wrench
Aug 22, 2003 2:48 PM
They're be at least 500 beautiful (my wife's going) women riders in Dayton next weekend, but every one already has a date. Sorry.
definitely NYCCritLover
Aug 22, 2003 4:09 PM
Go for a ride on a nice Saturday/Sunday morning up 9W and you will see a few dozen ladies riding (including me and the gals on my team). CRCA in Manhattan has a ton of women, but I don't know much about their group ride schedules.

And 90% of the women that race in the area aren't married, so tell him to park over near the GW and ride up to Nyack asap.
C'mon! Kristin said she'd be back in a week! (nm)MisJG
Aug 23, 2003 6:41 AM