My guess it's mostly laziness and "guess this is womens racing so it is what we do". I also reckon it just costs more money to organize womens races if they're longer and they're already bleeding money?I know very little about women's cycling, but whats the argument for these mickey mouse distances? Its frikkin Paris-Roubaix, give them 200 kilometres or at least 150 man.
My guess it's mostly laziness and "guess this is womens racing so it is what we do". I also reckon it just costs more money to organize womens races if they're longer and they're already bleeding money?
It's definitely not that the women can't race longer or lobby against racing longer.
For this race specifically I think they're jsut like "we've done the bare minimum, job done let's pat ourselves on the back"
I feel like its extremely disrespectful. Again, I know nothing about women's cycling, but I know for a fact that girls can go extremely long and hard. Funny story, me and my friend got completely railed at a Alpe d' Huez timetrial by this girl at a warm up race for La Marmotte. I was like damn, this girls is quite good. I think to myself that I maybe have more endurance than her, trying to comfort myself after she sent my heart rate up to 190 at the first switchback and dropped us Contador-style. Short story, no I didnt, i got completely and utterly railed again in La Marmotte, 180 km, 7 hours of brutal climbing.
That was a freakin amateur bro. Imagine what pros can do. La Marmotte got mountains, Paris-Roubaix dont. It doesnt add up at all. 125 km of flat roads? Amateurs do 180 km in scorching heat in the Alps!
Increased variety in parcours is a key step towards this. Until now because a certain type of parcours has heavily dominated the calendar, this has meant that a particular type of skillset is prized far more than any other. Introducing races like Roubaix which have specialised skillsets, along with more mountainous races and more individual time trials to improve the value of the specialists in a single discipline, not just as stars but as domestiques too, will swiftly provide depth simply because more women will have the chance to have their day in the sun. More stage races mean more chances for baroudeuses too, which is currently a very underdeveloped area of the women's péloton, because stagehunting only becomes a factor in, say, the second half of the Giro or Thüringen, or stage races with mid-level fields like Tour de l'Ardêche where there are sufficient mountains or sufficient time trial mileage to leave riders in a position to make stagehunting without GC ambition a legitimate goal.The biggest issue facing the women's peleton is achieving more depth in their fields - The calendar is getting bigger, so teams will need 16 to 20 riders in the next two or three years - We need federations to be pumping more money into development ( not just juniors ) as with the growth in salaries it's an achievable career for women - Over to you National Federations.