mb2612 wrote:People don't care about women's cycling => people don't read the reports on women's cycling => cyclingnews stops writing reports on women's cycling => people care even less about women's cycling
I don't think it's cyclingnews job to write reports that almost no one reads, about races almost no ones following.
It's a sad state of affairs that people finds men's sport so much better than women's sport, but it's not cyclingnews' fault.
Actually, there was discussion at one point about something tied to Pisti's response:
El Pistolero wrote:50% of CN articles are from Australian/English crit races or whatever no one has ever heard about.
Now, Pisti and I have locked horns a few times in our stints at this forum, but you've got to bear this in mind. This argument was about how highly-rated women's events (Emakumeen Bira and Giro del Trentino, both 2.1-rated) were placed on the main site below
North American .2 races, amateur events and .NE races in the US and UK. A lot of people who look at the main site do not scroll all the way down to find relatively obscure races. THAT is something that is
cyclingnews' fault, because even those who may WANT to find things out aren't able to find it, buried under an avalanche of other races they care less about. I can assure you I care a lot less about the Tour de Alice Springs, the Giro de la Panhandle or the Truth Or Consequences New Mexico Criterium Series Presented By Sonny's Bar-B-Q than I do about the major women's races, but when I have to stumble through much of the above to find the race report, it's not surprising if I give up and start looking elsewhere for women's cycling news.
Leadbelly wrote:"If you build it, they will come" or if we change that to the current discussion "If you screen it, they will watch", but would they? I dunno.
Despite the fact that I'm going to be watching the TT today and the RR later in the week I've voted no to the poll question, but if Eurosport or whoever took the plunge and screened more of the women's races then no doubt I might start taking a bigger interest. I guess like most things it comes down to $$$$$. It's going to be a brave tv company that in this current economic situation invests money and screen time into something that might not initially give much return.
It might be interesting to find out the viewing figures for the races this week and to see how they compare. Maybe even compare the crowds at the side of the road.
One more point of interest. Sixty six people have voted "yes", but no-one as of yet has created a thread for today's TT.
It's probably something that will need packaging in order to get it started. Start with packaging at least the highlights of the women's edition together with the re-broadcasts of the Ronde and Flèche, for example. Even throwing together a series of 15 minute videos of the women's WC races and appending them to a relevant WT race at the time could be a UCI-mandated way of getting things.
jens_attacks wrote:glad to see judith taking the win,very impressive how she rode the cauberg.the only one who went fast there.
I haven't seen it yet, but most comments I've seen suggest that Pooley made the Cauberg look pretty easy too, she was just too far down for it to make a difference overall.