- Men are always faster than women? Well, maybe not. Former courier, adventure racer and long distance specialist Emily Chappell highlights ten women who have proved women can be faster than men.
It’s an argument we’ve all had. Be it with an unenlightened club mate, or a stranger on a train who spots our lycra and decides to give vent to his opinion that “women’s racing is all very well, but men will always be faster and stronger, and why should anyone pay us attention when we’re always going to be second best”?
Well, he’s wrong, and over the last few years, more and more women have shown us that they’re definitely not second best – that they’re capable of winning races outright, beating men and women alike. So, for the next time you find yourself having this tiresome altercation, here are a few examples to help you win it.
Back in May, 23-year-old Amanda set out to establish a new record for the highest annual mileage ridden by a woman. Barely four months later she had already surpassed Billie Fleming’s 1938 record of 29,603.7 miles – and at her current average speed, is projected to beat the men’s record (currently held by Kurt Searvogel) by over 5,000 miles. Five years ago, Amanda suffered horrific injuries (including damage to her brain and spine) when she was hit by a car during a training ride. As well as breaking the world record, she hopes to encourage people who have experienced similar setbacks in life.