I almost hurled when I read this article posted last week on Velo News.
Amgen Tour of California organizer AEG appears set to launch a women’s elite time trial to accompany the men’s event in Solvang in May. According to several sources, invitations for the SRAM-backed event went out a week ago, and the purse will be paid based on the number of men the women beat.
Why not just make the women race in bikini’s too? Oh wait, the sponsor’s logo’s wouldn’t fit so well on a two piece.
I don’t get it. I mean, seriously? Boys against girls? Girls can do anything boys can do! Are we in 5th grade gym class? I’m not saying these women can’t beat the men, but what the fuck does that have to do with the payout? I hope this was just an idea some asshole thought of and I am glad Velo News found out about it and posted it. I also hope AEG ToC gets enough shit that they won’t actually go through with this nonsense. Unless they pay them a sick amount of money for each man they beat. I kinna doubt that though.
I don’t understand why the women can’t have their own race and why they can’t just give them a decent payout. They manage to do a great job in some of the Cyclocross races – UCI3, USGP – why can’t they get their fucking shit together for road racing?
I asked my friend Low Brow to weigh in on the subject this time around. She is super smart and had some intelligent opinions I wanted to include in this post. Low Brow is also working on a documentary about this very subject and has done some research.
“To have your performance rewarded (and in turn VALUED) in terms of how it “measures up to “ male performance as the “standard of achievement” sends a very specific message: whether you trained just as hard, spent as many hours, and have dedicated yourself as much, you are devalued unless you meet the male standard criteria…
Obviously, in a sport such as cycling, the goal is, more or less, to cross the finish line first. And yes, male physiology gives us the general predictable outcome of males having faster speeds, more power (although one sports physiology researcher I recently interviewed went on to discuss the ability of women to outperform in ultra distance endurance events due to ability to metabolize fat differently, but I have not been able to verify the research myself yet). And indeed, a woman of equal approximate level in the profession beating male cyclists is quite and accomplishment. However, my assertion is that to make a direct value judgment based solely on comparison to male performance as the STANDARD or GOAL of the event, and to PAY ONLY based on this value determination creates a statement that has permeated our culture layers deep: Females are thus judged as being only as good as the male traits and behaviors they can emulate or “live up to” or in this case, top. In essence our work is only equated as valuable as much as it can be measured by the male norm standard. This particular race blatantly demonstrates this in direct value of the payouts. You only get paid if you measure up to our males.”
These women are more bad ass than you.
After coming across this post on PodiumInsight, I was stoked. Lyne Lamoureux has done her homework and knows which races she will be supporting. This is hella good news:
The SRAM Tour of the Gila is offering up more money to the women ($19,000) than then men ($18,400) while the Tour of Toona is making it equal, $55,000.00 purse for the women, and the same amount for the men.
Then there’s this lame crap.
The CapCrit p/b WCSA in Washington DC on October 2 which lists on its website a purse of $15,000 for the men and $250 for the women.
Some race promoters get it, and other’s just think it’s 1952. I say it’s high time these women and their managers take a good long look at the races that support women with equal payouts and fuck the rest. Easier said than done, I know, because…..
This is a Man’s World – James Brownby