Firstly that the Le Tour de France de Femme, or women's Tour de France does not get televised, despite its covering the same route as the men's race annually.
Women cyclists are just as interesting as the men to watch racing and the scenery is the same, so why the reluctance of the International Cycling body and sponsors to ensure women's cycling gets equal coverage?
Then there are what I refer to as Le Tour de France "Bimbos". These are the eight women who nightly present flowers and shower the male jersey winners for each classification with kisses, clad in yellow, red polka dot, white, and green designer frocks, for each stage of Le Tour de France.
Whilst I have nothing personal against these women, it strikes me that they could more appropriately be replaced by young cyclists, if the governing body of Le Tour had any real interest in the development of young cyclists.These could be selected on merit, regardless of gender or constructions of "beauty"!
Apparently Le Tour Bimbos also get paid to promote Le Tour and arguably French designer labels, as well as the inherent sexism of cycling's governing bodies at corporate events for months in the lead up to and in the aftermath of Le Tour de France!
Maybe only when the bimbo presenters are replaced with ones that are themselves involved in competitive cycling, will the women's Le Tour de France begin to get equal coverage.
It's not only France that is guilty of such overt sexism. Here in Australia, the same protocols of bimboism with presentations to male cyclists and lack of coverage for women's cycling in anything but specialist cycling publications applies.
I hope I may live to see this change in my lifetime. Meanwhile all of us that care about the position of women in sport and gender equity, as well as ridding the world of the last bastions of both exploiting and condemning women to only being valued for their looks should start campaigning.
I urge you to write to the governing bodies of cycling to complain.
I also believe we should stage protests at the presentations, that employ models, rather than cyclists, in the presentations.
To remain silent is to condone and promote overt sexism!