Every week we scan the internet for the interesting stories of women’s cycling that deliver unique insight, inspire or simply make us laugh and round them all up in a weekly news digest.
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Last week we talked about the controversy that arose regarding a ‘sexist’ Euskal Emakumeen Bira road book cover, and a decent debate followed on social media and in our comment section.
The original cover art featured the back of a woman’s head, showing off her big blonde braid from below her helmet, and last year’s race winner Kasia Niawiadoma (Rabo-Liv) giving the camera an air kiss. What might have been an innocently feminine depiction didn’t sit well with the Basque Women’s Institute who issued the complaint.
The original art has been scrapped and Spanish rider Lourdes Oyarbide (Bizkaia Durango) has designed the new one and it’s absolutely rad. Here what cover art for a (women’s) bike race should look like.
Well done Lourdes!
A nod to the upcoming “classics races ahead, this week’s feature photo was shot by Kristof Ramon. Classic courses are known for being tough due to the steep climbs, cobbled roads and tail-end-of-winter-like weather conditions.