We woke up this morning to the news that Donald Trump has been elected the next president of the United States.
The 70-year-old business man and former host of the USA version of ‘The Apprentice’… seriously – do we even need to do this introduction?
Trump’s most famous lines, to date, probably include “Donald J Trump is calling for a total and complete shut down of Muslims entering the United States”, “[Mexicans are] bringing drugs, bringing crime, they’re rapists”. Oh – and pièce de résistance “when you’re a star, you can do anything… grab them by the pussy.”
We don’t even need to sensationalise it – Trump does it all on his own by simply existing.
Maybe it’s our appreciation of this green, green earth and the scraps of peace that can be found hidden out on the trails and country lanes – but cyclists do have a general tenancy towards… Well. Peace saving.
And without having to search too hard to prove our point, here are the cyclists we could find tweeting about the election. We didn’t pick and choose to sway the general feeling any particular way…
You can usually trust Mara Abbott to speak her mind, and wear her heart on her sleeve.
I’m going to throw up.
— Mara Abbott (@cosunshinemka) November 9, 2016
As well as being the UCI WWT Champion, Megan Guarnier has a degree in neuroscience. Sure that doesn’t make her a politician, but we kind of trust her intelligence.
This is the scariest thing I have ever seen. pic.twitter.com/5g4ysU3ark
— Megan Guarnier (@MeganGuarnier) November 9, 2016
Bridie O’Donnell (former women’s Hour Record Holder) is a doctor – and her diagnosis of the situation wasn’t too great.
9/11 here in AUS
I must say, I feel fearful, dismayed, confused & surprised that >50%voters believe this is the right choice #ElectionNight
— Dr Bridie O’Donnell (@Bridie_OD) November 9, 2016
We spoke to USA rider Alexis Ryan in December last year, and her incredible work ethic and maturity for such a young woman really shone through.
Currently watching a horror movie.
— Alexis Ryan (@alexismryan) November 9, 2016
Multiple National Cyclocross Champion Helen Wyman campaigns hard for women in cycling, and was part of the drive that eventually saw under 23 have their own World Championships. Currently suffering the effects of a recent crash, it seems like this result wouldn’t have been on her ‘things worth campaigning for’ list.
Wow, America, wow! ????
— Helen Wyman (@CXHelen) November 9, 2016
Boels-Dolmans rider Christine Majerus is offering up a bed to anyone in the US who needs a holiday (or a lifetime) away.
I have a spare bed and a nice couch. If any of my american friends want to move out of the US he is welcome to stay at home! #disappointing
— Christine Majerus (@C_Majerus) November 9, 2016
Kajsa Tylen might not be a pro cyclist like most here – but she’s sure as hell putting the miles in on a crusade for the Women’s Year Long Record, and in the hope of inspiring other women through sweat pledges. Doesn’t look like she’ll be smiling through the miles today.
— Kajsa Tylén (@yearinthesaddle) November 9, 2016
We’re sorry to say that USA cycling coach and elite rider Heather Nielson probably woke up disappointed.
Thank you WA state & CA……………..here’s to hoping I don’t wake up to a nightmare come true #Election2016
— Heather Nielson (@ridempowered) November 9, 2016
Australian former World Champion Annette Edmondson was pretty clear about her conclusions.
The day hate won. Well done America. #ElectionNight
— Annette Edmondson (@NettieEdmo) November 9, 2016
It’s not that we ‘vote with our vagina’ as Susan Sarandon put it. It’s not about gender.
But we would have liked to see someone elected who didn’t refer to women as objects he can ‘grab’. Someone who didn’t charge an entire nation of sexual assault whilst ignoring the accusations leveled against himself might have been nice. And a human being who understood the fundamental differences between religion and nationality would also have been a positive recruit – not that we’d consider ‘banning’ all individuals from any background a move in the right direction, anyway.
If you’re feeling disappointed – all we can suggest is that sometimes a bike ride is the best way to clear your head. And reminding yourself of some of the awesome women kicking ass on bikes might help, too.