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Van_Damage

Member since Dec 2007 • Last active Oct 2015
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    Yeah, it seems ToB is out the picture really, which is actually great news! Let's hope when it's on that it really has moved on as we have been told and not like it was in 2010 with local "aspiring model or a drama student"s being paid £50 for being "presentation hostess"'s..

    British Cycling and British teams it is then.. in relation to Team Sky a friend mentioned that Rapha would probably listen to us if we were to threaten them with boycott as obviously we're a hard core of their customers...also fi'zi:k might listen..

    @plexarice no idea what is next but yes, I think it is best if it's aimed at a Race as a deadline..

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    @Scoot that sounds like an awkward experience!

    @miro_o I agree about the petition being too broad...am trying to write up a better campaign over at: (if the link works this time..) :
    https://www.lfgss.com/conversations/2718­32/

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    ok cool, Aviva it is then...

    Also, am interested in the comments on the article @cliveo posted above - as they give you Tour de France at least the role of 'podium girl' has other aspects that are important to the running of the race.

    So it's not simply ban podium girls and replace them with junior riders... I guess we're petitioning to split this role... there would need to be a host or hostess (who can have any appearance whatever) and would have the job of looking after and organising the young riders who will give the prizes along with all the other jobs the 'podium girl' did... Trouble is here I'm assuming the role is the same in the Tour of Britain as it is in the Tour de France... so there may be some tweaking.. Seen as in this article about the Tour of Britain: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2­010/aug/16/podium-girl-tour-of-britain
    the women are being offered £50 for a days work I'm guessing the Tour of Britain role might be pure podium..

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    @Katie-Coo That's not my petition. I didn't start it up, I just signed it last night...

    You're right. That's why I'm on here talking about it so I can write something that will be taken seriously..

    @The_Seldom_Killer I'm not a Londonist either i'm in Bristol now...

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    so, it seems to me that the campaign to start with would be to try to get the upcoming Tour of Britain to drop the podium girls and go with local junior riders of both sexes.

    Sounds like a goer.
    As I said before, It's be great to team up with a few ppl and put together some copy and a game plan...

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    yep.. and £50!

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    brilliant!

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    I agree about F1 etc - but the whole models-at-the-event promoting stuff is one thing - models at the podium getting prime time coverage is another.....

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    I do genuinely think that to replace the podium girls with female cyclists would be problematic because of the context... if there was no history of women being used as decoration in the sport it might not be a problem... so, yeah, agreeing with The_Seldom_Killer

    re. whether it'll effect or boost the coverage of female cycling it may just be a super long term thing... The more women who get into the sport, the more equal the gender balance... you never know... but at the moment - if you are a young girl who likes cycling, you watch the tour de france and you see the girls wearing pretty dresses you don't exactly see any female role models who are cyclists... you see female role models who are models.. so it's a long game thing..

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