A Real good day
On May 11 I cycled to Mangere to watch the Auckland Real Women’s Duathlon.
What a humbling experience to see so many hundreds of women, all sizes, shapes and ages, out doing something that most of them had never done before.
So many of them had support from their partners and children who accompanied them to the event which was very special for Mother’s Day.
I was able to help at least a dozen women who experienced bike problems by changing their tyres, fixing their gears, borrowing tools from a local resident to fix brakes, even giving one of the women my own bike to finish the cycle while I took her bike back to the finish – her on a little bike, me on a big bike! – and then back out to help and support the tail-end cyclists.
The bike mechanic guys were kept very busy throughout and were all so helpful to the many women who were having bike problems.
The volunteers out on the bike course were so encouraging to all the women but sadly had to deal with motorists who were often rude and impatient towards the cyclists – one young male motorist even stopping in the middle of the road to chat with a friend on the other side of the road causing many of the women to panic as to where they should go.
All in all a wonderful experience for everyone. Congratulations to all the women who participated in this event. We should have more of these events specifically for women, especially in this area of Auckland.
Next time maybe have full road closure for these women, much safer and less stressful for everyone.
It is not a long event so closing roads for such a short time early on a Sunday morning should not be a major issue. A big thank you to all the volunteers and bike mechanics who were kept very busy throughout.
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