I normally do not like swearing.
Let me clarify that statement a little bit. I normally do not like swearing in this form of media and especially on the blog site. For those who know me, know that I truly do enjoy swearing like a trucker and making sailors blush. But in this case, I have this to say:
I bring up this topic because recently I overheard a conversation where a male and female were speaking with each other and I, being the nosey little bastard that I am, could hear every word spoken. In this conversation the gentleman was encouraging said lady to join their group rides when the snow finally melted away and the world turned to shades of green and brown. What irked me so much was the reaction by the female and her rejection to the offer was based on her belief that she, as a female, could not keep up with a group of men in a group ride.
While the little boy in my head puffed up his chest and began to walk around my cranial space like he owned the planet, the rational side of my mind walked up to kick him in the genitals.
As a society have we not progressed past this belief that women are unable to perform any task not put in front of them? I believe men happen to be the ones lacking and this would be due to pregnancy and breast feeding and I’m sure that science is just a short timeframe away from fixing that.
Yes, if you look at any major race event held where you directly compare COMPETITIVE male and female athletes in the same disciplines, the males do tend to be faster. But we’re not talking about in a competitive forum here. We’re talking about a group ride where I have had the joy many times to draft off the kind female ahead of me while I am wishing death upon my lungs and legs… for the record, she was holding pace just fine and was actually slowing down for my sorry self.
As for being competitive, while I may not have many good things to say about my ex-wife, I will give her all the credit in the world for her cycling abilities. She climbed hills like a Billy goat and left me in the dirt when an incline appeared ahead of us. Women are slower than men? Enlarge the picture below and notice the times and names on places 58 and 65.
While in the more elite categories of competitive cycling men are indeed faster than women, a group ride is always more enjoyable with more people to talk to, ride with and draft off of while the end goal is to get everyone home after having some fun. I think you’d be surprised how often the girl is at the front leading the pack.