Words by: Suzie McCracken
Olympic medalist Emma Pooley smiles, projected onto the wall of Look Mum No Hands on Mare Street, London. “I think it’s quite funny when someone like Pat McQuaid [the former UCI president] says, ‘Oh, women’s cycling hasn’t progressed to the level of a minimum wage.’ Well, why hasn’t it? That’s his job, to make sure it does!”
The cafe collectively giggles and whoops. Over 100 cyclists are perched on assembly-hall chairs for a showing of Half The Road: The Passion, Pitfalls & Power of Women’s Professional Cycling.
Half the Road explores the sometimes infuriating and often laughable politics of international women’s cycling, and not only acts as a rallying cry to female riders, but as a time capsule of the steps being taken to improve the gendered landscape of the sport.
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