Women’s cycling doesn’t get the level of coverage it deserves, it has improved substantially over recent years. If you don’t follow much of it, take a look at the Tour de l’Aude.
The Aude is a départment in Southern France that lies between the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees. This means it has a supreme choice of terrain and for me the region offers some of the best riding in France, all against a backdrop of sleepy villages and numerous vineyards.
Finally, if you’ve ever wondered why women’s races are so much shorter than the men’s events, well the distances require a lot of hydration and this has consequences. It’s simply because men can stop for a leak en route but short of lining the route with portaloos, this can’t happen for women. So now you know.