Yes. Even if they did some CYA with the fine print, that is lame. If they gave you $300, what would be the worst that would happen? More women would show up next time.So I did a local XC race today. I raced pro and was the only female. The men had 4 racers. The advertised pro pay out was 300 for 1st, then 200 and 100. The advertised cat 1 payout was 100, 75, 50. Obviously being the only one in my cat I won- payout=50. Should I be annoyed?
yeah, like the article you posted said (emphasis mine):Yes. Even if they did some CYA with the fine print, that is lame. If they gave you $300, what would be the worst that would happen? More women would show up next time.
Whether demand or supply comes first, persistence is key to cultivating women's cycling. Wiesia Kuczaj found this at a local level at Herne Hill velodrome, site of the historic 1948 London Olympics. Four years ago, the amateur racer, who works in cycling public relations, began putting on weekly women's nights at the velodrome. "Sometimes just one or two women would turn up but we always ran the session because continuity helps development. Now we get up to 50 every week."
The message is clear: invest and they will come.
Congrats on your first race!:thumbsup: I did my first about a year ago. It was a blast. I wasn't the fastest, but I was definitely having the most fun - and when it comes to riding, isn't that what it's supposed to be about?Also, I'm going to be doing my first XC races this year. I'm excited. One of which is the Beti Bike Bash which is an awesome women's only even specifically to encourage more women to get into racing.
That sucks. My husband races endurance for one of the LBSs and their teams has only had 2 women, both of which are DH/Endro riders, plus the shop owners wife DHs. But like I said in another post, we are definitely spoiled in Colorado, big bike culture men and women.Perhaps the most frustrating thing were the attitudes I encountered from several individuals at my LBS who couldn't imagine a girl on anything but an XC style 29er.