After receiving the latest edition of Velonews I felt compelled to write in a letter, while it is highly unlikely it will ever be published some of you will enjoy the letter. This only highlights the fact Cyclocross Magazine is a truly balanced world leader in the publishing industry
After flicking through the latest edition of Velonews I thought I would pass along some helpful ideas to accompany the format change at Velonews magazine.
Velodude. "The Journal of men, men, men."
No Chicks Allowed Velonews. "Just like our clubhouse."
Wedding tackle on bikes. "Men on bikes magazine not dykes on bikes."
Lance Beat. "Just like Tiger Beat but slightly better."
XY Velonews. "Man news on bikes because girls can't race bikes like us."
Sausagefest News. "A Sausage festivus for the rest of us."
Velonews. "The Journal of Competitive Cycling."
With the total lack of women's racing and women rider profiles it's extremely disappointing to see the direction Velonews has taken. It's a tough sport for women due to the incredible inequality in pay scales compared to men (there's a news story here for another magazine) it's only made worse by the total lack of media coverage. The readers are missing out on great women's racing, personalities, and stories that everyone can readily relate to and you won't find any of them claiming someone spiked their drink...again.
And lastly I would like to personally thank Mt Borah custom clothing, for their use women racing their bikes to promote their clothing instead of companies like Pearlizumi who are promoting their clothing ability to accentuate nipples.
-Mr Katie Compton