Women In Cycling: The Not-So-Fragile Sex

As in many other segments, women are pursuing and winning their deserved space, whether in extreme sports or in society. In ancient times, when the first bicycles appeared, the women ventured, but they encountered obstacles in the clothes, which were very bulky and long, and in the prejudice of men.

In the history of female inequality in which, almost everything was for men, the bicycle was also an achievement. The invention would be an instrument that would give them autonomy and independence. Over the years, fashion has also been adapting to women who wanted to enjoy the two-wheeled vehicle and cycling water bottles from newvilleoutdoor.

Nowadays, more and more women are interested in bicycles, whether due to necessity, health benefits, leisure or sport. Without losing the vanity, the world of the bike surrenders to the feminine desires of accessories and models produced exclusively for them, seeking more comfort. Bikes have had to adapt to this audience, which has grown exponentially in recent years.

History And Challenges Of Female Cycling

One of the women who had great importance for the feminine cycling in the world was named Edna Eileen Gray. It all started in World War II in London when public transport was on strike and she adopted the bicycle as her means of transport to go to work. Later, already very involved with the cycling, Edna together with three more cyclists traveled to Ordrup, region of Copenhagen, to participate in a competition of tracks. Thus, they formed the first British female cycling team to participate in international competitions.They won and, from then on, something changed. Other women realized that they could also be part of that achievement. And to help them overcome prejudice, the cyclist founded the renowned Women’s Cycle Racing Association (WCRA).

In Brazil, unfortunately, we still have few women in cycling. Currently, only 726 women are affiliated to the Brazilian Cycling Confederation (CBC) and the remaining 7,302 cyclists are male. According to Brazilian cyclistAna Paula Polegatch, female cycling in the country is still undervalued and athletes need to have another source of income because of low wages. But these problems were not enough reasons to end his career. Today she is sponsored by Memorial Santos and is 3rd Sergeant of the Brazilian Air Force, where she joined to be able to participate in the Military Games and have the opportunity to compete internationally.