Target: Tour de France Director
Goal: Create a Tour de France for women
Ever look at a picture of the Tour de France and see women racing in it? No? That’s because there aren’t any. Lend your voice to the thousands of hardworking women who are asking for a chance to prove that they can race as well as any man, not by racing against them, but by racing alongside them.
Some people have said in response to the call for women’s races to be allowed that women simply cannot compete against men. Their muscles are different, which would render the race unfair if it were mixed. Maybe that’s so, and that’s why female cyclists are not calling to join the Tour de France, but to have a Tour de France of their own. For over a century, the Tour de France has been solely a male event. In that century, women and African-Americans have gained suffrage and rights that they didn’t have at the beginning of the 19th century. The world is continuing to change with each passing day.
Although women have tried to start their own Tour de France before, called the Tour de Feminin, it lacked the media coverage and sponsorship to sustain it. Instead of a completely different race, why don’t the women race the same length as the Tour de France, on the same day as the men, but at a different time? The female race could start before or after the male race as long as they don’t interfere with each other.
Women should be given a chance to race the Tour de France. Let them prove to a world that still seems to think being a woman gives them a physical disadvantage just how fast their muscles can push them.
Dear Tour De France director Christian Prudhomme,
Women should be allowed to race their own Tour de France with the same media coverage as the male race. If there are problems with having the women race the same distance, at the same place, and on the same day as the men, please explain what those problems are and how they cannot possibly be solved. If not, please initiate plans to add a female race portion to the 2014 Tour de France. The greatest female cyclists in the world deserve a change to show the entire world just what their tireless efforts of strength and endurance building has led to.
Please allow women to race in the 2014 Tour de France.
[Your Name Here]
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