This summer will mark the third year the Tour de France will present La Course, a one-day women’s race in conjunction with the most well-known cycling event in the world. While it’s considered just a start for cycling to become more gender inclusive, it’s an important start.
American cyclist Kathryn Bertine was at the forefront of that of the movement, which is why news of her crash at the Vuelta Feminil International in Mexico earlier this month was such a jolt.
The 40-year-old Bertine suffered head injuries and a broken collarbone. She returned to her home in Arizona and posted briefly on Facebook that her brain injury “should be OK eventually.” She also said she would soon be announcing her new project for women’s cycling.
Classic Bertine – head injury, broken bones and still finding ways to challenge the status quo. She never stops needling people in power about opportunity for women in cycling.
Women like Bertine drive the engine of change. Here’s hoping for a speedy recovery because the world of cycling is more interesting when Bertine is around to challenge the norm.