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Riders React to the USA Election Results

We didn't cherry-pick these tweets, but somehow they all suggest a similar emotion

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.

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.

Bridie O’Donnell (former women’s Hour Record Holder) is a doctor – and her diagnosis of the situation wasn’t too great.

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.

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.

Boels-Dolmans rider Christine Majerus is offering up a bed to anyone in the US who needs a holiday (or a lifetime) away.

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.

We’re sorry to say that USA cycling coach and elite rider Heather Nielson probably woke up disappointed.

Australian former World Champion Annette Edmondson was pretty clear about her conclusions.

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. 

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