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  • Sick of sexual discrimination in bike events
  • Hola

    I’m getting pretty sick of being discriminated against just for being a bloke. Just entered the steel city downhill, were I have to pay £5 more just for being male. The organisers say they charge women less to encourage them, which is bollockd as if you’ve gone and bought a DH bike, travelled to an event , food, fuel etc then the entry fee is usually the cheap bit, so your not less likely to do it if it was equally priced. Another annoying thing is womens only events, such as sportives, you spend 5 hours on a bike riding a road that’s not a race so why women’s only? Most women I know would rather die than enter a women only event.

    allthegear
    Member

    Just because most women you know don’t want to enter women only events, doesn’t mean that there are not plenty that do. Riding with an all women group is very different and it’s nice sometimes.

    Oh, and clearly reducing the price is working, otherwise they wouldn’t do it, would they?

    Rachel

    Reducing the price is not working, as DH ravcng is still mostly men . Surely women should want to do something for the fun of it not just caus it’s cheaper. And this women’s only events feel different is a load of bollocks, as events should be about people on a bike, having fun on a bike, not about someone’s sex. If women feel hard done by in cycling they should be empowered to change it, not set up there own women’s only events as means that things won’t change .

    Tracker1972
    Member

    As far as I can see, you are a bit pissed that women pay a fiver less for an event you have entered and people shouldn’t be offered an event if it isn’t aimed at you or your mates?

    Why have to change something if what you want is something a bit different? Why not have both?

    creamegg
    Member

    I suggest you go for a sex change then. That is if you can find anything to chop off in the first place. You dont pay £5 more for being a bloke, women just pay £5 less. Whats wrong incouraging them into the sport? Did some girl kick your ass at the event and your feeling bitter about it?

    spooky_b329
    Member

    Some women prefer to go out with their own, especially when new to the sport. I think maybe they should provide further reductions for women entrants, and fund it by increasing the blokes price…

    Its a lot of fuss over the ‘extra’ £5 you are paying.

    spooky_b329
    Member

    Did some girl kick your ass at the event and your feeling bitter about it?

    Thats the first thing that came to my mind, but I didn’t post it as I thought it might be inflammatory!

    legend
    Member

    If someone knows teamjellybabys name get on Roots and Rain n find out 😉

    I’ve been beaten by women loads of times, I usually come last. I’m all for encouraging women into events. What is pissing me off how unfair it is for a group of people to get it cheaper for no other reason than there sex. Also, if I see a sportive and think that it’d be a good ride, but then can’t as I’m the wrong sex WTF! It should be about riding ! Is it wrong to believe in fairness where everyone pays the same and events are open to all?

    creamegg
    Member

    i’d happily pay the £5 extra to attract more women to mountain biking.

    Bagstard
    Member

    Have to agree with teamjellybaby here, nothing is ever cheaper for men!

    creamegg
    Member

    depends on how you work it out. do you spend a fortune on make-up, fashion clothes and spend ages getting ready? I have an extra 45mins to an hour in bed in the morning whilst my mrs gets ready. It all works out in the end

    It could be argued that no one forces women to spend money on make up or take extra time getting ready, but that’s a bigger argument

    creamegg
    Member

    no ones forcing you to enter into races either!

    Bagstard
    Member

    But he wants to enter races and shouldn’t be penalised for being male!

    jota180
    Member

    Think of the fiver as a supplement for not having to queue every time you want a piss

    aP
    Member

    I think that one of the main drivers for the women’s only sportives is the opportunity to not ride with arsehole men “racing”. You’d better get going with this discrimination thing you’ve got going by complaining about women only fun runs, women only tennis at Wimbledon, all those women only athletic events, mum’s bums and tums at your local leisure centre, women only ante natal clinics, ladies toilets, ladies changing rooms, well women centres, oh sod it.

    Bagstard
    Member

    I’m all in favour of women only events and can appreciate why women would want to take part in them.Men are usually idiots and this is x100 when there are girls about, but I don’t see why they should pay less.

    They may have to queue for the loo, but don’t usually queue to get into the club!

    creamegg
    Member

    but don’t usually queue to get into the club!

    this depends on the girl tho! the ugly ones que at the door and toilet!

    FuzzyWuzzy
    Member

    Does seem pretty pointless charging £5 less for women at a DH event, DH racing is about as full-on MTBing as you get – I doubt it attracts women into the sport as they’ll already be very committed to even think of entering.

    Women-only sportives are fine by me though, there’s obviously a demand for them else women wouldn’t enter them. Whether that demand is to avoid blokes racing or whatever doesn’t really matter.

    scottfitz
    Member

    Its cheaper for under 19 too. Bloody age discrimination aswell!!! Where will peaty stop?

    nealglover
    Member

    I would imagine the women only events are as a result of them having to listen to a bloke with somewhere upwards of £2k worth of bike and kit moaning about a fiver.

    Sue_W
    Member

    It’s great to see more support and encouragement for women in cycling / mtb’ing. Currently, out of all the possible “outdoor pursuits” (such as climbing etc), cycling has the lowest proportion of women.

    Women only events are a great idea for a few reasons. Cycling is so male dominated that a lot of the time I’m the only girl. Even on the normal Saturday ride with my local road club I’m the only woman riding with 40 guys, so often cycling is “men only” by default. I would definately ride with a women’s group or event – not all the time, but sometimes as it would be good to have other girls to share experiences with, and to compare my performance with others of the same gender.

    The £5 less is probably a gesture to try and encourage more women to take part. As for whether that is fair, be aware that women pay a “price penalty” for being such a minority in cycling. There is very little choice in women’s cycling kit, so often we have to pay for a high priced product as we have no option to choose a cheaper alternative. Plus, if you wanted to go into wider societal gender differentiation, thd average women’s salary is lower than men’s, so we have less money per se.

    Personally I love cycling / mtb’ing, and happily keep doing it even when I’m the only girl. The guys I ride with are great, but I do wish there were more women in cycling so fully support any attempts to encourage greater participation.

    hugor
    Member

    I remember as a teenager many of the clubs had women enter free or get 2 for 1 drinks deals. It was a great way of stopping these places turning into a sausagefest and good for everybody.
    It would be nice to have more women at bike events.
    I’m not sure if money is the main deterrant though.

    Premier Icon boltonjon
    Subscriber

    If it brings more women into the sport, where is the harm?? I think its a fantastic idea and appluad the organisers

    The organisers take a hit on each female entry, but get more women riding

    Seems an excellent idea to me – unless your scarred of being beaten by the fairer sex or you still live in the 1970s?

    Sue_W
    Member

    hugor – agree completely that money isn’t the main deterrant, but as a ‘gesture of encouragement’ then it might be appreciated as a way of offsetting the number of times women have to pay a bit more for cycling-related things. But I don’t think it will lead to more women entering the event the OP is referring to.

    However, women only clubs, training, and events can, and do, encourage more women into cycling, and for many a female only sportive is a great entry point into that type of event which means hopefully they will go on to do more “mixed gender” sportives in the future.

    Premier Icon rickmeister
    Subscriber

    I think there is something in offering women only cycling events. Sandy has worked hard to promote Hervelo in Edinburgh and its an active club offering a lot to members. That wouldn’t have happened if there wasn’t interest or demand from potential members.

    And to be fair, there is also a gents section, Herrvelo, as well…

    Op, just accept that somethings are different prices, thats how it is for unemployed, pensioners, students, parents…. take your pick.

    jota180
    Member

    I’m getting pretty sick of being discriminated against just for being a bloke. Just entered the steel city downhill, were I have to pay £5 more just for being male

    Just to be clear
    Are you annoyed that women are getting a discount and you’re not? or are you annoyed that you think you are being charged an extra fiver over the normal entry for being a bloke?
    If it’s the first one, it’s just envy then – rather than any extra burden on your finances

    marcusmtb
    Member

    UK women ‘earn 27% less than men’

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4195852.stm

    I think the OP should take a 27% drop in his salary, in order to qualify for the £5 discount. 😉

    allthepies
    Member

    Dude, only birds complain about sexual discrimination. You’re a bloke, BTFU.

    😉

    hels
    Member

    Hugor – sausagefest – giggles. Do you grill them lightly with some mustard or wave them around a bit first ?

    While I admire the sentiment I am not sure if dropping the price by a fiver really helps. What would help is a less macho attitude, and you sir seem to be part of the problem, not part of the solution.

    fizzpup
    Member

    For a start Marcus that’s an average and not every company it’s not a rule. Also I am disabled you don’t see people getting a discount for that and there are a lot less disabled people racing than women.

    Mantastic
    Member

    Think about the uproar if it was more expensive for women?

    In a nutshell women go on about equality in all areas of life, this is something I totally agree with. Infact in some areas it is advantageous to be a woman, the difference is you dont get blokes moaning about it (I tend to though).

    No one should be disadvantaged due to their gender. Therfore there should not be a different pricing stucture for women unless the prize fund represents this difference also.

    jota180
    Member

    What would help is a less macho attitude

    You can’t really stop the macho stuff when competition and men are involved, it’s primeval

    fizzpup
    Member

    Like wimbledon where womens winner actually gets paid more per game played than men?

    Premier Icon kayak23
    Subscriber

    Cycling is so male dominated that a lot of the time I’m the only girl

    I agree but don’t think this is because of any effort to keep Women out. (I am treading on very delicate ground here but…)It would appear that Women (generally of course) do not have such singular passion for one ‘interest’ as blokes do, or at least that has been my experience for 38 years.
    Every single sport I’ve ever been involved with has been male dominated, always. Conversely, every single shopping centre I’ve been to has been Female-dominated. Take of that as you will.

    I’m all for encouraging female participation too, but I’m not sure the balance will ever be……balanced.

    marcusmtb
    Member

    fizzpup – Member
    For a start Marcus that’s an average and not every company it’s not a rule. Also I am disabled you don’t see people getting a discount for that and there are a lot less disabled people racing than women.

    ”For a start”, you need to learn to lighten up and not take take life and other people’s (in this case OBVIOUS humour) posts so seriously.

    Disabled yet your ride mountain bikes? Hope you’re not claiming. 😀

    juan
    Member

    Have to agree with teamjellybaby here, nothing is ever cheaper for men!

    Hair dresser springs to mind

    Bagstard
    Member

    I suppose the ends often justify the means, I don’t agree that girls should get into clubs free or without having to queue, but appreciate they make it a better place. The same goes for cycling events, but it still seems wrong to me that they should pay less and the complete opposite of equality.

    Mantastic
    Member

    Think about the uproar if it was more expensive for women?

    In a nutshell women go on about equality in all areas of life, this is something I totally agree with. Infact in some areas it is advantageous to be a woman, the difference is you dont get blokes moaning about it (I tend to though).

    No one should be disadvantaged due to their gender. Therfore there should not be a different pricing stucture for women unless the prize fund represents this difference also.

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