I haven’t been keeping up with anything related to women’s racing but I had to share this, since Dirty Biker was kind enough to bring it to my attention. A couple days old, but still worth sharing.
Chloe Hosking used her thrilling win in the Jayco Bay Classic in Geelong as a platform to call for more equality between men’s and women’s cycling. However Hosking also used her post-race interview to insult UCI President Pat McQuaid.
Hosking (Total Rush – Hyster) pounced on her opposition to claim her maiden victory at the traditional Australian season opener, after six years of racing. The 21-year-old who has signed for Specialized – lululemon for 2012 after a solid season with HTC-Highroad, chased down an attack off the front of the bunch by GreenEdge-AIS rival Tiffany Cromwell with three laps remaining to eventually cruise over the finish line, saluting the crowd. The race had been neutralised with five laps to race following a crash, therefore bringing the field back together.
Hosking said that she was never going to win the race any other way.
“I love racing like that, I don’t like really like sitting in and then sprinting,” she explained. “I don’t think it’s great for Australian racing.
“For me, it was really exciting to go out there and show what women’s racing can be like.”
Asked how she felt about comments made by McQuaid regarding the push for a minimum wage within women’s cycling, Hosking was frank.
“What can you say, Pat McQuaid is a d**k,” she said.
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The next day, Cycling News reported that Chloe is working on a formal apology for what she said.
“I have to apologise for how I phrased my comments, I wasn’t that eloquent,” said Hosking in a subsequent statement to reporters post-race in Geelong.
“Women’s cycling every year is getting stronger and stronger,” Hosking said. “It needs to get more recognition and I’m not going to apologise for what I said, but I do apologise for how I said it.”
Bravo Chloe, bravo. Good for you. Stand up for what you believe in. Keep fighting the fight.
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