Two images from last night’s launch sum up the evening for me – and illustrate why we need the Women’s Cycle Forum Scotland.
Lee Craigie of the Adventure Syndicate and ‘Jimmy’, her Shand Cycles mountain bike
The first was Lee Craigie’s beast of a bike, still coated in the dust of the 550 mile mountain biking time trial she had completed. Whatever image you have of ‘women’s cycling’ that bike was probably not it – but as Lee points out, when it comes to extreme endurance events, women are close to or as physiologically capable as men, possibly even more so.
The panel problem …
The second was Jools Walker’s illustration of the ‘panel problem’ – Jools sat on the end of a five-person panel, herself and four middle-aged white men, attempting to provide the ‘women’s’ point of view. As Jools said – ‘unlike Chaka Khan, I’m not all women’.
As we’ve said time and time again, we never started the Women’s Cycle Forum because we think women have one unique point of view. We started it because we are all different – as different as Lee’s Shand and Jools’s Pashley Princess – and we all need to be heard.
Now the hard work begins of processing all the fantastic suggestions we got on the night of what the WCFS should do – and more importantly learning how to function as a membership organisation with so many different (and perhaps even opposing) points of view. Please join us as we go on our own journey – and tackle our own metaphorical or real 500 mile challenges.
Sally Hinchcliffe. co-convenor, Women’s Cycle Forum Scotland
Suzanne has put together a great Storify of the evening (including the post-pub cargo bike ride home…).
If you would like to join the Women’s Cycle Forum Scotland then you can do so here