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Equality for women, keeping things in perspective
With all this talk and discussion about equality for the Pro Women in terms of getting equal representation at Kona (which I'm all for), I found it a pretty interesting comparison to look at the cycling Tour of California which, for the first time this year, will also include a women's version of the tour. Great progress, but check out some of the stats from the official route
Mens route - 7 stages - avg 99.5 miles/stage - San Jose to Santa Barbara to LA (high density population areas)
Womens route - 3 stages - avg 52.6 miles/stage - Lake Tahoe and Sacramento (medium to low density population areas)
I get that it's better than nothing (which is what was offered previously), but really, what is the message being sent when some of the women race stages are 50 and 34 miles in length? That's barely 1.5-2hrs of racing, on par with junior mens or entry level bike racer distances. WTF?
At least in triathlon women get to go the same distance as the men.
seems like kind of an asshole