Thursday, 16 June 2011

Brit woman wins Tour Series

You think cycling is ignored by British TV? Well, how about women's cycling? Did you even know that there are professional female cyclists? Many people don't, because the women's cycling world gets even less attention that men's cycling, despite the fact that there's a number of British women who are among the best cyclists in the world. But then, when even the undoubtedly TV-friendly face of Victoria Pendleton can't get the sport the exposure it deserves, what hope does sheer skill and ability have of getting it on the box?

Professional Kona rider Helen Wyman adds another trophy to her collection - will she be on the news tonight?
One of those women is Helen Wyman, professional rider for the Kona Factory Racing team and rides in both road racing and cyclocross, holding the British Champion title for the last five years. Wyman's cabinet is groaning under the weight of at least 34 other trophies, which is a damn sight more than any British male rider can claim, and she's just added another in the shape of the Women's GP tour series after beating challenger Lucy Garner (who doesn't even have a Wikipedia page) who trailed Wyman by a mere three points in the overall classification despite Garner beating her across the finish line in the final stage of the event which took place in Woking.

Is she going to be on the news tonight like Bradley Wiggins was when he won the Critérium du Dauphiné the other day? With 99.9% certainty, no. Why? She's a hero!

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