Amanda Batty is a professional mountain bike racer and sometimes freelance writer. A little over a year ago she was embroiled in controversy after calling out a colleague for using a date rape metaphor in his review of a new bike. The fall out was swift and ugly and put Amanda on the receiving end of harassment and death threats. We spoke about her racing life, attempt to break into the highest levels of downhill racing, and the pervasive problem of rape culture and misogyny in the bike industry and culture at large.
The Bicycle Story theme music is by Will McKindley-Ward.
Posted in Bike Industry, Cycling Media, Racing, The Podcast
Tagged amanda batty, bike racing, downhill mountain biking, harassment, mountain bikes, pink bike, rape culture, women and cycling, women bike
With seemingly more coverage of the issue recently than ever, women’s fight for an equal place in bike racing kind of feels like a modern phenomenon. But women have been fighting for the right to race bikes for nearly the entirety of bike racing history. In the late 1800s, a young Swedish immigrant named Tillie Anderson joined that fight and quickly became the star of American cycling with a nearly flawless record and the world champion title to her name.
“Intractable,” “Floating Cities”
Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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Posted in History, Racing, The Podcast
Tagged badass women cyclists, bike podcast, bike racing, cyclign podcasts, cycling history, dotty farnsworth, louise armaindo, tillie anderson, tillie the terrible swede, women's bike racing history