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  • Alex

    I find this article pretty sexist honestly.

    • Chris

      Eh – she’s probably just being honest about the sexism she’s experienced.

      • Andrew

        I have seen a lot of these behaviors especially among masters men and in the “commuter cup”. I think Northern Combine judging from racing I have seen are getting better at racing well (normally) with women. I did not observe any stupid stuff at Rob Vernon last Sunday. We still have a way to go as a sport at grass roots.

    • De Mac

      Take it for what is it dude – a fairly accurate, albeit tongue in cheek, description of a lot of us blokes out there….. Have a laugh mate, you’ll feel better for it.

      • Dave

        I agree.

        Have a laugh, but under no circumstances even think about writing a response in the same spirit because that WILL be “proper” sexism.

      • Michele

        I enjoyed that. There’s always an element of truth in humour; I reckon Anne-Marije must ride a bit with me. I’m always on a recovery ride, tapering, recovering from some injury. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking with it!

    • Annie.

      It is. And luckily, there are a lot of men out there who are different. However, unfortunately, you probably won’t believe how many there are that are just like that – and a lot worse. Yes, there are! :(

    • Abdu, a bloke who can laugh

      Humour bypass detected.

      Wow, even with the asterisk saying “this.is.a.joke” people can’t lighten up?

      Nice piece by the way Anne-Marje.

    • Odd_Bloke

      Sexism happens within a system of oppression. Women are systemically oppressed, men are not. Therefore, this is not sexism.

    • Clive Pursehouse

      if you find this article sexist, you should get off the internet.

  • jules

    I was racing a crit a while ago with a now national-level female rider who was taking a turn on the front to pull back the break and some dickhead starting screaming at everyone for letting a ‘girl on the front’ – way to go genius. Of course I could have overtaken her but I was in a detraining phase.

    • Jessi Braverman

      The last line…brilliant.

      • Jake(Aus)

        Yes, this one:
        *This is all in jest, of course

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        • Arjan Hulsebos

          Including that line? ;-)

        • Dru_Satori

          Sadly, it may be in jest, but it hits awfully close to the truth of so. very. many. groups.

    • AB

      I am female, and was in a crit once, made the breakaway of about 4 or 5, and got blasted by one MAMIL about how I ‘shouldn’t be there’ and that I was going to ‘take the prize money’. Think he was threatened as I was clearly able to punch out more turns than they were (BTW I race at a national level and this was a club crit…)

  • Mandy Rudwick

    Hmm. Not my experience 99% of the time although I am sure that we can all recall incidents. I ride with men all the time in different bunches, and I have nearly always found them courteous, friendly and respectful. You all know who you are. :)

    • MattHurst

      Good on you Mandy.

  • Ant

    It saddens me that there is no doubt more than a grain of truth in this tongue-in-cheek stuff. I also feel lucky to ride where I do. I frequently see strong female riders mixing it with the Peak Cycles bunch, for example, and I’ve never overheard any of that silly, sexist stuff.

  • d;

    Here’s another one. You’re stopped at the lights, and as soon as the lights go green the slow male commuter you passed not too long ago (after sitting behind him for ages waiting till it’s safe to pass him) rolls past as you’re just about to take off from the kerb. Darn, you know (and he knows) there’s no passing opportunity for another 5km.
    Sexist this article may be, you need to grow up if any of it applies to you.
    Good job, Anne-Marije!

  • somecyclist

    Great article and sadly reflective of the way far too many male cyclists behave.

    Here’s a bloke’s perspective, just mine, but I do often ride with women (usually of National road championships standard).

    1. Women, especially those in the 50-55kg range, can kick your a.ss climbing especially on the 12%+ grades. Some blokes can too. Guess what, you just got your a.ss kicked by another cyclist.
    2.Women can really crank it on the flat too. Sometimes they are smaller and offer you less shelter when they are on the front compared to a big bloke. Kinda like pace-lining behind a small guy come to think of it.
    3. Crafty little bug.gers can divebomb you on the last corner of a crit. Actually, that happened to me last season from another bloke too, like every race.

  • justme

    Great article and sadly reflective of the way far too many male cyclists behave.

    Here’s a bloke’s perspective, just mine, but I do often ride with women (usually of National road championships standard).

    1. Women, especially those in the 50-55kg range, can kick your a.ss climbing especially on the 12%+ grades. Some blokes can too. Guess what, you just got your a.ss kicked by another cyclist.
    2.Women can really crank it on the flat too. Sometimes they are smaller and offer you less shelter when they are on the front compared to a big bloke. Kinda like pace-lining behind a small guy come to think of it.
    3. Crafty little bug.gers can divebomb you on the last corner of a crit. Actually, that happened to me last season from another bloke too, like every race.

  • Livi Lucha

    nonsense.

  • Monica

    imagine the uproar if a male made a tongue and cheek post like this?

    • Annie.

      He could possibly in other fields, but not with regards to cycling as he’ll always be part of the majority there. On the other hand, me as a woman myself, I often complain about other women who cannot ride properly, so if he could, he’d probably have a lot to say. :D

      • Jessi Braverman

        Annie – this is the exact point I would have made myself. Thank you! The reverse post isn’t relevant here as men are never in the minority and not marginalised in the sport the same way (at bike shops, on group rides, via inequality in professional racing, etc.).

  • Hairy Legs McGee

    As a male cyclist, I feel like the author… is pretty much spot on. Hilarious.

    • Michele

      With a name like that, I’m glad you’re a male cyclist.
      Kidding …. before I get flammed :)

  • Heather nielson

    LOVED THIS!!! You should do more posts on this. More specifics. Run with it!

  • Mark M.

    Yeah…let’s pigeon-hole all male cyclists. Sorry that you’ve had bad experiences, but painting all male cyclists with the same broad brush is irresponsible.

    • Michele

      I’m not offended by it in the slightest.

      The fact that Anne-Marije continues to ride/compete against the boys shows the positives of doing so [a couple mentioned above] outweigh the negatives.

      Sure, they are some generalisations [all men etc.], and not female cyclist might experience what Anne-Marije has, but there’s some truth in this.

      My wife is always telling me off for ‘mansplaining’ [I love that phrase] something to her. My wife has just got her first heart rate monitor / watch for running. No less than 3 times last night I was told she understood what I was telling her as I showed her how it worked, only for me to continue to mansplain and dumb down what I was saying even more.

      • Mark M.

        The fact that you ‘mansplain’ things to her is a YOU problem. Not all men do this either.
        And the article is a HUGE generalization….

        • Michele

          I agree with you – there are generalisations.

          Did I say ALL men do this?

          • Nathan

            I’m not worried about any of that. What gets me is this incessant hairy leg shaming… Men have hair on their legs and there it shall remain.

    • Odd_Bloke

      Haha, it’s _irresponsible_?! Like there’s suddenly going to be a spate of male/female cyclists attempting to kill female/male cyclists as a result of this article?

  • Lulu

    Ahh.. so many true aspects. For me – when i ride with the blokes that i know there is that ridiculous sprint stuff – which i do find hilarious, but i find men who have a partner are too busy trying to establish why you ride, why their wives don’t, and how can you/they change this. However, its often the blokes who you don’t ride with you who can’t help a little bit of patronising “well done love” as they pass you on their over spec weekend road bike* as if it was the first time you were on a bike.

    (*tongue in cheek – women never, ever have over spec

  • Gail

    I have ridden so many times with the boys. I still get left behind but not as far as before. It does make me try harder all the time. But men, the worst thing you can do is wait for me at the top of the hill & then take off as soon as I get there. Don’t forget, you have had a bit of a rest. Lol

  • Alan59

    What utter sexist tripe !

  • Derek Maher

    Loved this article.Okay some of the testo laden guys may think their honour is impuned if a girl has the temerity to pass them on a climb.
    I for one has excepted my limitations as an older rider and expect to be passed by fit young female athletes who pass me with a cheery smile and sometimes a word of encouragement.Its great to see them enjoying the sport.

  • Liz Wall

    I regularly ride with men and have never had any issue.

  • Phillip Mercer

    I read this article yesterday and it was on my mind this morning. We went for our usual Friday Brisbane Riverloop and we had a mate of ours join us who has mostly recovered from Ross River Fever. We knew it would be kept at a civil pace. As we went along the bicentennial I was second wheel and heard a female voice call “passing”. I was curious to see what the reaction would be. The guy coming back from the sickness turned to the other guy on the front and ruefully said “well, thats a bit embarassing” with a chuckle. When we got to where we could join Coronation Drive at Toowong, the other guy on the front suddenly left the bike path onto the road and then upped the pace massively to overtake her before the end of the next rise, leaving the rest of us behind including the poor sod trying to regain his form. I gave the guy who gave chase a stir about taking it so personally that he couldn’t just let a female rider pass us without it being an affront to his “manliness”.

  • dinbuffalo

    I tend to ride with older men. Generally they are still fast so the challenge is still there to do better, and they have far more experience and a lot more class. Age tends to mellow the overblown ego in us all.

  • Amanda Ewin

    This made me smile as the 1 in 20-30 on weekends and 1 in 6-10 weekdays!!!

  • Dru_Satori

    You need to find a new group of guys to ride with. Those are jerks. Sadly, you are all too often correct, these are the guys in group rides.

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