Sunday, December 12, 2010

Gynopositive blogging and cycling power

With the help of a comment on yesterday's blog from Kathleen I have had a movement in my consciousness. I must confess that this is not where my movements usually occur. I realized that I had been colonized by the pervasive misogyny of macho posturing purveyed by icons such as SuperMario Cipolllini. These misogynistic icons carve hierarchical boundaries between the sexes and sponsor a form of anti-feminine terrorism toward men in the pro peloton and in society at large. After all, if Mario derides my cycling heroes as too feminine and growing vaginas and thus not real men he is seeking to delude me into thinking that I too must revile culturally constructed "femininity" and constantly police my manhood with the critical eye of Cipo's masculinity project.

Well I have decided that my consciousness will not be colonized and I will not be induced to police my masculinity by Mario or his prescriptions for genital assignments.  Thus I have decided to present a celebration of gynopositive cycling power, reveling in the awesome of great cycling heroines who can hammer without huevos.

Because all of the most powerful heroes in my life are local. I start out with the most awesome examples of gynocycling power, the past 2 Antelope Queens.

Only a short 1/2 year ago, the Bethinator was dominating the Antelope herd in the Antelope World Cup. Elbow to elbow on every sprint she paved the way for Antelopes of both genders to compete together and to leave one another in exhausted masses of protoplasm in the courthouse parking lot.Of course Bethinator went on to take the coveted Antelope Queen title for the Spring World Cup series.
We are not male cyclists and we are not female cyclists. We are just cyclists.

My second moment of celebration goes to this Fall's Antelope Queen, Kathleen F who rightly reminded me that testicles do not a cyclists make and a vagina should not be seen as a negative thing for cyclists. Kathleen rode every single week even riding to the start in the middle of a hurricane to contest the Wed ride.

I am your queen, you will feel my draft.

Our next hero took the WBL lady's only sprint yesterday after 65 miles of hammering at 22 mph then a long hill, Jamie Dinkins took the sprint. Pictures and details may be found here.

Because not all of my cycling heroes are women I actually know or who ride locally I include 3 more. First of all the real heroic Armstrong of cycling: Kristin

Major wins Olympic individual time trial (2008)
World Time Trial Champion (2006, 2009)
Pan American Continental Time Trial Champion (2005)
US National Cycling Champion (2004)
US National Time Trial Champion (2005, 2006, 2007)
Nature Valley Grand Prix (2006, 2007, 2008)
Sea Otter Classic (2005)

Then there is the ageless,  incomparable, and indomitable First Lady of Cycling History, Jeanie Longo:
Olympic Games road race: Gold Medal/Champion (1996); Silver Medal (1992)
Olympic Games time trial: Silver Medal (1996); Bronze Medal (2000)
5x UCI Road Race World Championship: Gold Medal/Champion (1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1995)
4x UCI Time Trial World Championship: Gold Medal/Champion (1995, 1996, 1997, 2001)
4x UCI Track World Championship:
Points Race: Gold Medal/Champion (1989)
3 km Pursuit: Gold Medal/Champion (1986, 1988, 1989); Silver Medal (1984, 1985, 1987); Bronze Medal (1981, 1982, 1983)
UCI Mountain Bike Championship: Silver Medal (1993)
15x French Road Race Champion: 1979 to 1989, 1992, 1995, 2006, 2008
9x French Time Trial Champion: 1995, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010
3x Tour Cycliste Feminin / Grande Boucle: 1987, 1988, 1989
2x Women's Challenge: 1991, 1999
Set Hour Record (45.094 km/h) in 2000 in Mexico City (14 years after setting the best hour performance record)1

And although there are many many more cycling women to look up to, last will be a shout out to Rebecca Rusch, the "Queen of Pain."

  • 3-Time 24 Hour Solo Mountain Bike World Champion (2007, 2008, 2009)
  • 24 Hour Team Mountain Bike National Champion (2008, 2009)
  • USA National Marathon Championships, 4th (2008, )
  • Idaho Short Track State Champion (2008)
  • 24 Hour Solo Mountain Bike National Champion (2006)
  • USA Cycling Ultra Endurance Series Winner (2006, 2007. 2009)
  • 24 Hour Solo Mountain Bike National Championships, 2nd (2007)
  • 24 Hours of Moab solo mountain bike race, 2nd (2007)
  • Mountain X-Games Adventure Race, 1st Women’s Team (2007)
  • 24 Hour Orienteering National Champion (2006)
  • 24 Hours of Moab Women’s team, 1st (2005)
  • Raid Gauloises Adventure Racing World Championships, 1st (2003)
  • US Whitewater Rafting National Champion Team (2001 and 2002)
  • Raid Gauloises Expedition Races (2000, 2002, 2003)
  • Eco Challenge Adventure Races (1997-2002)
  • Primal Quest Expedition Races (2002-2006)
  • Sports Illustrated Adventure Racing Team of the Year (2003)
  • Outside Magazine’s Top 20 Female Athletes of the Year (2003)
  • Adventure Sport Magazine’s “Queen of Pain” (2004)
This week I will train like a woman and next Saturday at WBL #3, I plan to ride like a woman. F U Mario!

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