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Tracey Gaudry Q & A
« on: January 19, 2015, 11:27 »
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The cycling career

Tracey Gaudry née Watson (born 17 June 1969) is an Australian female cycle racer who started riding seriously early in 1992, with support from the Victorian Institute of Sports (VIS), her Geelong-based coach Donna Rae-Szalenski, and the Geelong West Cycling Club.

From 1995, Tracey was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder. She finished third in the Australian National Road Race Championships that same year and went on to represent her country at the 1996 and 2000 Summer Olympics.

After getting married, Tracey joined the Australian Women's Road squad on its 1997 overseas campaign, coached by James Victor. From 1999 she was riding professionally for teams Ebly in France and Timex in the United States.

The career beyond the bike

- Chief Executive Officer, Amy Gillett Foundation
- President, Oceania Cycling Confederation
- Vice President, Union Cycliste Internationale
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The big questions

UCI VP Tracey Gaudy has agreed to answer questions from us the Fans.

To focus the session, topics will be based on her own cycling career, the The Amy Gillett Foundation (a rider saftey orgainsation in Australia), the situation in the women's sport and in the Oceania region and general UCI-related issues.

Tracey has agreed to answer a maximum of 35 questions.

JSG will be sending an email on the 26th to Tracey with the questions (if we have more than 35, he will select the best), and Tracey will spend a longhaul flight answering them!

JSG will post the answers in the same format as the Pinotti Q&A thread

So just to say thanks to Tracey for taking the time and get your questions in now!
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #1 on: January 19, 2015, 12:12 »


    Q1 This year the UCI has started making less press releases of changes to rules or doping sanctions, it takes a indivual to find the information in a back corner of the UCI website and post it on twitter, for the information to be released. I know 2 team managers found out about points changes for the 2015 this way. What is the reason for doing it this way, it all seems the opposite of open and transparent which was part of the Cooksion manifest 
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #2 on: January 19, 2015, 12:18 »
    You were asked some questions at the start of 2014 by CyclingTips on the topic of "Should the Oceania Tour and Asia Tour be Merged?"

    http://cyclingtips.com.au/2014/02/should-the-oceania-tour-and-asia-tour-be-merged/

    Has anything happened in the intervening twelve months to move the story along further? Have any of the Oceanic CT teams (either old or new this year) been in touch to talk about it? Or is the plan to concentrate on building up the NRS events that extra step?
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #3 on: January 19, 2015, 13:32 »
    First female President of the UCI?
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #4 on: January 19, 2015, 14:07 »
    Cycling has often been criticised as an overly traditional sport lacking in professionalism in terms of monetisation, media coverage and the adoption of scientific methods by athletes. Recently we read of some signs of progress in the pages of the recent University of Lausanne study but on the whole too many outmoded attitudes seem still to pervade.

    It is also a well-worn truism that a nation gets the government it deserves. So if it is indeed true that the cycling nation stubbornly persists in a cultural backwater, then it is logical that its governance would reflect that.

    Many fans (including this one) still perceive a UCI characterised by top heavy management, personality cults and reactionary policy across the disciplines. Much of that negativity originates in the years of the Verbruggen-McQuaid junta, the harm done to the credibility of the sport by the exposure of institutional doping during that period and their role in it. The emergence of Brian Cookson as the UCI's apparent saviour seemed to satisfy a desire to turn the page but now, many months later, we are still not seeing too much evidence of widespread and meaningful change coming out of Aigle.

    - How important are public perceptions to the UCI and do you think it is accurately aware of them?

    - Pro road cycling likes to wax lyrical about a new generation; do you think that the UCI beyond the McQuaid-Verbruggen junta sees itself in similar terms and are you yourself a part of that?

    - Do you think that the UCI as an organisation needs further reform to effectively promote and grow the sport globally?
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #5 on: January 20, 2015, 12:03 »
    Whenever a Womens race is raced at the same day as the mens race, for example the Ronde van Vlaanderen, we are always relying on Twitter or other social media to stay updated. Usually at the end when watching Sporza the only information on the Women's race is when the results come through. Is this situation going to be improved or does that responsibility lay with the broadcasters? How are the major Women's races going to more than just a comment in the Men's broadcast?
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #6 on: January 20, 2015, 12:29 »
    via twitter Cafe Roubiax

    With the TdF, the Vuelta and the Strade Bianche adding women's races, what are the chances of seeing more organizers do that? and how is the UCi controlling the calander without stopping the growth?
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #7 on: January 20, 2015, 12:38 »
    As we've seen from vocal riders in recent months, women's cycling is raising its profile and demanding respect and equality in prizes.

    Do you think that the organisations that run cycling are themselves adequately addressing gender equality in terms of the representation of women in cycling governance? Have you encountered prejudice at any point in your representative career?
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #8 on: January 20, 2015, 12:41 »
    In a recent interview, World Champion Pauline Ferrand-Prévot mused that she might be France's only real professional cyclist according to most people's definition of the word 'professional' in that she was both rare and fortunate to actually make a living from her racing. At the same time, she had a very strong awareness of the longevity of her career when considering the physical and athletic impact on life decisions such as further education, a post-cycling career (the reality for most women) and starting a family.

    How do you think the life, training and opportunities of a typical female professional rider have changed since you were blazing your own trail nearly two decades ago? It almost seems like you had to improvise a career path because there wasn't a clearly defined route to follow back then.
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #9 on: January 20, 2015, 12:50 »
    During the World Championships the @UCIWomensCycling twitter account took a lot of stick for being ineffectual, it still is.

    It has only gained 7694 followers, tweeted 1272 times and only follows 212 other accounts. Frankly, in my opinion this is 10% of where it should be.   Your @UCI_Cycling account has over 118 thousand followers.
     
    People only follow if they feel there is a benefit to them in a very crowded environment and it is my belief that you are not getting the message across. 

    A perfect example is the news that Dame Sarah Storey was to attempt the hour record. The story was on the UCI your website and the main UCI Twitter account  but no activity regarding this happened on the women’s cycling account. One has to ask why not?

    One of the biggest needs is an increase in sponsorship, and you have a great and powerful platform to showcase women's cycling but I feel that you are not doing so in an effective manner.   That account is worth its weight in gold.

    As Editor of Cycling Direct , I took the opportunity to write to Mr Cookson about this in December with a full package of ideas but have never received an acknowledgement of receipt let alone a reply?

    May I ask your opinion or would you like a copy of the letter sent?
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #10 on: January 20, 2015, 12:50 »
    The VR-specific anecdotal question  ;) ;) ;) :P :P :P
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #11 on: January 21, 2015, 12:50 »
    I havent read the other questions - so JSG feel free to take out or change any of mine that have already been asked.



    You have a fantastic record of cycling for Australia, and of administration of cycling both with the Amy Gillett Foundation and the Oceana Cycling Confederation and UCI responsibilities.  Its clear that you love the sport, and the sport is better for your involvement. 

    Amy Gillett Foundation

    1 - The Amy Gillett Foundation is a great initiative devoted to promoting safety in cycling.  How far do you think we have come, and how far still to go?  We seem to see a new article in the newspapers every week about the public ire towards cyclists - is the PR war being won ... or even fought?

    2 - What do you think we should do to try and improve cyclists safety on our roads?   What are your goals in that area in the short to medium term?

    Womens Cycling

    3 - You are commonly referred to as "the most powerful woman in cycling".  How much does being a woman impact your role with the UCI which is dominated by men? 

    4 - Womens Cycling is not well promoted by the UCI or by .. well, anyone really.  There are no minimum wages, even the best cyclists struggle to make a living from being a professional cyclist and teams struggle to stay afloat.  What are the UCI's plans to improve the status of womens cycling?

    5 - La Course was a huge success last year - but most tv coverage did not even show the podium, instead cutting to cover 50km of neutral zone for the men.  There were cameras and infrastructure on course and people operating it for RVV, but we were not shown the finish of the womens event ... instead hearing commentary from the journalists at the finish, but still seeing the men trundle along with 100km to go.   What or how is the UCI planning to do to ensure that the broadcasting of womens cycling is improved.  Surely the status cannot go up if the public doesnt get to watch?

    6 - Is there plans for any requirements or incentives for the bigger Mens teams to include and operate a womens team?  Do you think this approach would work to improve the lot of womens cycling?

    The UCI

    7 - Brian Cookson was elected due to significant dissatisfaction with Pat McQuaid.  Do you think he has made enough (or any) headway towards fixing the issues that were left behind?

    8 - Last year the UCI established a panel to hear doping cases rather than national federations.  This gives the UCI an enormous amount of power ... The UCI determines
    - who will be tested
    - administers the test
    - receives the results
    - makes the accusations
    - prosecutes the alleged offenders
    - determines the innocence/guilt of those accused
    - applies penalties

    in addition to determining which teams are given a licence in the World Tour and thus which teams/riders are invited to major races.

    While it is true that many of these functions are carried out by different branches - they are still all controlled by the UCI. 

    What proceedures are in place to ensure independance?  The UCI has already been accused by many of inappropriate conduct in relation to accepting 'donations' from Lance Armstrong in the past.  How can we the fans have faith that that kind of unethical conduct cannot happen in the future?

    9 - The CIRC review does not seem to be going anwhere.  Has their been any review of the UCI's actions in relation to Lance Armstrong?  (lack of target testing after suspicious samples in 2000 Tour de Suisse and 2001 Dauphine, UCI accepting donations, UCI's very public statements of support etc)

    10 - It is clear from various letters filed with the US Courts before the USADA arbitration that their was significant angst between the UCI and USADA - do you think that is acceptable for the UCI not to support publicly the National Antidoping Authorities?

    11 - In Australia ASADA is investigating a number of Football players for supplements and banned substances.  In the NRL 5 players were given a ban of 12 months, but was backdated effectively giving the players a 3 week ban for taking growth hormones. 

    Essendon have 34 of their 40 players have received infraction notices ... and yet the coach got a contract extension and the Dr who administered the team-promoted-and-paid-for-program was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame.

    Does it make you angry that in football the penalties are so light when in cycling they are significantly harsher?  That cycling has such a bad reputation.

    What can we as a sport do to improve our reputation?

    Oceania Tour

    12 - You replaced Mike Turtur (who is hte promotor of the tour down under) on the Oceania Conferation.  How is your relationship with him now?

    13 - was his conflict of interest in relation to the Tour Down Under a major reason why you stood against him?


    Financing of cycling

    14 - Do you think there should be a salary cap for professional cycling?   

    15 - Many teams struggle for funding, sponsorship is often relatively short term and teams come and go constantly making it harder for fans to engage with teams.   Do you think there is a better financial model that we could be heading towards?    TV rights?  Different methods of sponsorships?  Better licencing to allow longer term funding?   National teams?

    16 - do you think the riders representation is strong enough?  In most other sports the athletes union is a very strong body, but in cycling it doesnt seem to be so.  What can the UCI do to improve the rights, safety and general development of athletes in the sport?


    I have many more questions - but I will let some others ask some too  :D


     
    Thank you so much for answering our questions - and we the fans wish you all the best in your endeavours to administer and grow cycling both in Australia and globally.

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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #12 on: January 21, 2015, 12:59 »
    Cheers JSG.

    Apologies if apparently irreverent. There's little on the Oceania tour in comparison to women's cycling here... Just a couple of quick questions.

    So here are mine:

    1. How much do non Oz and NZ nations benefit from the Oceania confederation?

    2. What is the extent of ground work/grassroots work that has been done under your and your predecessor's watch in Oceania? And what about the same apart from Australia and NZ?  How much of a mark has the UCI made, if at all, in these nations?

    3. What is really the potential of the Oceania tour? Does it have a future? Does it even have a present?

    4. Is the Oceania confederation just a stepping stone for bigger things?
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #13 on: January 22, 2015, 08:15 »
    Q. Do you believe it is possible to use some form of motorised technology to give small but significant boosts of power in the peloton undetected, especially when combined with strategic bike changes?


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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #14 on: January 22, 2015, 10:01 »
    Q. Team Radio Communications.

    Do you really believe that allowing team staff to communicate directly with riders makes a significant difference to safety?

    If so, do you believe that there are no other ways to convey 'safety' related messages to riders?

    My concern is that radios make racing sterile and more controlled, riders becoming robotic implementers of a DS's strategy. And that the 'Safety' argument doesn't really hold up to much scrutiny in what is already an inherently unsafe sport. But it serves to clamp down on real discussion; as what team is going to insinuate that their management is crap at race strategy by saying they'd be better off if DS's were less able to influence events on the road? Even if they wanted to, would the UCI be able to railroad this or any other policy through in the face of direct opposition from all the teams?
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #15 on: January 22, 2015, 15:19 »
    Given the latest USADA report into Leinders of a long line of Questions re Dr Zorzoli , why is he still working at the UCI ?


    P12 p44 - http://www.usada.org/wp-content/uploads/AAA_decision_Leinders_December_2014.pdf
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #16 on: January 23, 2015, 18:08 »
    Well hes not, hes suspended :D
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #17 on: January 23, 2015, 18:15 »
    Q) Womens Cycling And the Media

    This has been touched on with questions regarding tv coverage of womens races, but also applies to the print and web media.

    Looking at reporting on last years Womens tour of Flanders, one major cycling news site only managed 200 words on the entire race, and more and more we are seeing the bulk of the womens race reports coming on specialist sites, blogs and the like. The "big" news sites usual defence is that reporting on the womens side of the sport "doesnt generate traffic" and we basically end up with a chicken and egg situation where the coverage is poor and shunted down below the fold on news sites, and therefore doesnt generate traffic, and we go around in circles.

    Is there anything the UCI can do to "encourage" coverage. It seems for the development of the womens sport it not only relies on the UCI, race organisers, fans, teams to develop it but also a great deal of responsibility lies with the media. At the moment the "if we build it they will come" approach doesnt seem to be working.
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #18 on: January 24, 2015, 07:36 »
    Guinness  :angry

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/q-and-a-with-uci-vice-president-tracey-gaudry

    tbh not much we have asked so far so all good
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #19 on: January 24, 2015, 09:59 »
    Guinness  :angry

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/q-and-a-with-uci-vice-president-tracey-gaudry

    tbh not much we have asked so far so all good

    Guinness? Ah, nothing to see there, then.
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #20 on: January 26, 2015, 09:57 »
    34 Questions sent to Tracey

    I even pretented to be CJ for 2 re branding  ;)
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #21 on: January 26, 2015, 13:44 »
    JSG is there a list of Q's you sent?   
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #22 on: January 26, 2015, 14:30 »
    JSG is there a list of Q's you sent?   
    Nope  ;)

    but yours was there, even with an edit from me if you want an email address ask and i can provide it.

    I will post the full questions with answers as soon as I get them
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #23 on: February 10, 2015, 09:24 »
    Hi Folks just an update to say I am still waiting for the answers.

    With all the Meetings at the UCI and probably the questions we asked it might take awhile longer, just wanted to keep you updated
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #24 on: February 13, 2015, 13:24 »
    Had an email last night

    Tracey is or has been under the pump with her Euro trip, so still working on them, it might take awhile she said,but made the comment some very smart Questions were asked.
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #25 on: February 14, 2015, 18:51 »
    Q) Womens Cycling And the Media

    This has been touched on with questions regarding tv coverage of womens races, but also applies to the print and web media.

    Looking at reporting on last years Womens tour of Flanders, one major cycling news site only managed 200 words on the entire race, and more and more we are seeing the bulk of the womens race reports coming on specialist sites, blogs and the like. The "big" news sites usual defence is that reporting on the womens side of the sport "doesnt generate traffic" and we basically end up with a chicken and egg situation where the coverage is poor and shunted down below the fold on news sites, and therefore doesnt generate traffic, and we go around in circles.

    Is there anything the UCI can do to "encourage" coverage. It seems for the development of the womens sport it not only relies on the UCI, race organisers, fans, teams to develop it but also a great deal of responsibility lies with the media. At the moment the "if we build it they will come" approach doesnt seem to be working.

    Sad I missed the chance to put up questions.  But let me use this one.  This is a very poor question.  This is because it plays into the game Cookson and Gaudry are both engaged in, to their personal benefit  and ignores history.  It gives all participants a cop out.  This is exactly the type of question Gaudry, Gilmour, Scrymgeour  and British Cycling want.

    Why  ?  It presupposes that the women's side of the sport is in a state of stunted organic growth.   Just a bit more tweaking, a little more time in the Sun, a bit more fertiliser and all will be good.

    At the turn of the century there was a two week Tour, two week Giro and a Hewlett Packard in the states that nothing has come close to since in terms of prizemoney for women's racing.  There was a World Cup which was more global in reach than the men's version and treated as a worthwhile competition by the women, in contrast to that of the men.  By this time there was a whole plethora of second tier supportive races, Tour Midi Pyrenes, Veulta Casta y Leon, Tour de L'Aude. 

    Gaudry knows this and so does Cookson and so does Scrymgeour.  Organic growth didn't work.  Women’s sport fell back from a position so many had worked so hard to achieve.

    These were the first generation organisers.  They smashed their heads against the brick wall that was the bigoted views of the UCI and their press lackeys, kept the faith whilst  the peloton filled out.  At the time of the first Olympic RR in 1984 the peloton could not muster anywhere near enough riders who had the physical condition to produce a “massed start” race worthy of the name.  The first Tours, run off as short stages on the same day as the men raced were appalling spectacles.  After a few stages and given a testing parcours, the "bunch" became a scattered collection of groups of riders trapsing along after Longo and a couple of others.  Women's cycling in the 1980's and early 90's was not in a fit state to be put in front of the public.  That is why it went off the air and off radar.  The collapse of Communism released a whole raft of athletes onto the European scene, with females taking their chances like the men.  Determined, serious, they were at the opposite side of the road to those sporting girlies, who didn't want to win, but fancied a year or two traveling around the World at somebody else's expense and if it meant riding a bike for a few days, well that was nice as well. 

    Out of the spotlight, organisers and riders developed their sport.  In America  things did very well.  The Hewlett Packard for women was, at one stage the biggest race there, bigger than anything offered for the men !  The UCI responded with putting on a World Cup and in a jiffy it had races in New Zealand, Australia, Canada as well as all the established cycling countries. 

    By the late 90's and early part of this century, the product, both races and athletes was good, however foundations were insecure.  I will not develop here the arguments about why it failed, but let me expose the roles played by some of our current protagonists.   

    Women's cycling in Australia.  They ran a great World Cup and tour  based out of Geelong.  It attracted virtually the whole European peloton year after year.  Its last running was in March 2008.  Apparently the reason it folded was lack of money.  But hold on a minute, the same thing was "born again" in 2009 but now it became a men's event.  So where did the money come for that ?  Strip out the BS.  This was a commercial decision.  There was loads more money to be made and publicity to be gained for the region by hosting a men's event.  It was not even a transition from “women” to “men and women”, but a straightforward cynical dump.  Cookson was on the UCI management board and Gaudry was running the Aussie Women Cyclists "Amy Gillett" charity.  Now I don't expect a charity engaged in road safety matters to go into bat about the loss of this race but with Cookson we will get a trend.  The current patron saint of women's cycling didn't lift a finger. 

    We will stick in 2008.  By midsummer the plans were already in place for team Sky.  Inquiries were being made for staff with a view to its start.  Post Beijing the whole plan really got going.  Cookson and Drake were the cycling experts at Board level working with the men from Sky who knew all about the media but nothing about cycling.  Below board level Brailsford and Sutton put it all together.  Right from the off this was going to be all about a men's team.  There was to be no place for any women.  The four of them would see to that.

    Now let's look back at the state of British Cycling at that time.  In 2008 no Brit men finished the RR at Beijing.  The women had Nicole Cooke wining the Road Race and Emma Pooley getting silver in the TT.   Why wouldn't British Cycling build a team around these two ?  Cooke had twice won what was left of the women's Tour.  In 2007 there had been the Grand Depart in London for the men's Tour.  Pierre Boue the organiser of the women's Tour put a pitch to the London Mayor's Office for a start for the women's race.  Apparently the pitch was very well received.  The men's Depart had received funding from the public purse running to several million pounds.  The budget asked for the women was far smaller.  The Mayor's Office backed it.  It had to go to UK Sport for approval and they deferred to British Cycling. 

    British Cycling, under the leadership of Brian Cookson, patron saint of women's cycling, insisted that the bid be not approved.  It was ok to lavish public money on the men with scant GB interest in the race at that time, but support a GB female winner !   Within two years the women's Tour was dead. 

    At the same time that Cookson was joining those putting knives deep into the writhing victim that was the women's Tour, he was also at a decision point for women's cycling in the UK.  Does he back a team Sky that builds on the Brit women and thereby send out an unequivocal message about the fairness of British Cycling or does he throw vast amounts of cash at a bunch of men on the hope that something can be made of them to eclipse the achievements of the women on the road ? Historic facts are that Cookson sat on the board of the holding company for Team Sky.  It is male only.  He was the senior cycling adviser to that board.  They decided it was male only.

    Later, at London 2012, on the road, it was still all about the Brit men.  Brad needed a flat TT and Cav needed a broad flat finish.  the only goof was BC showing their hand one year early in Denmark.  Sod Emma defending silver medalist.  They couldn't have selected a worse course for her.  Nicole was frozen out of everything.  BC couldn't have shown that they didn't want to support her any more clearly through the previous 4 years.  Even in terms of trial events, there were none for the women, just trial events for the men.   There was a great thread on here or the clinic about the winter of 2011/12 and both Pooley and Cooke were self funding in Perth, getting local bike shops to do maintenance and living with friends spending their £18k subsistence grant on flights and living, whilst the British Track team flew out first class and stayed in hotels.  Chief Coach Sutton even banned the British Team mechanics from looking after the girls bikes while they were also in Perth.  How petty minded can you get ?  Where was his manager ? 

    How does that impact on the current position?  Cookson is powerless to ask for legislation to force any quota system on race organisers or teams, let alone asking for a minimum wage, even if he had his arm twisted up his back to do so.  A straightforward reply to any form of quota is "if you think it is such a good idea, why didn''t you ever do it ?"  So he can only ever ask for organic growth.  He is permanently hedged by his own previous actions.

    However, Cookson becomes UCI President on a ticket of introducing a minimum wage for women in 1 year.  Only an imbecile would have believed he would execute that. Needless to say, the poodles in the press never asked him quite how he was going to achieve that given the emaciated state of the peloton and his track record of sexual bias. Instead he did what any politician would do and get the job and salary first and then create a committee, of which he had no part, but filled with people with a vested interest in coming to the same decision he needs it to come to, and then let it do its thing. 

    Look when you have members like Gilmour coming out with nonsense on her BBC commentary of the 2014 Elite Women's World RR Championships - "Women's cycling has advanced so much in the last 10 years", you know there is a dead rat you are smelling somewhere.  She said this as we watched the bunch crawl around the circuit lap after lap doing nothing.  Hold on darling, the facts tell me that was a snailathon run off at 36 km/hr when at say the Senior race in 2000, the  champs was run off, on a similar hilly course  at 39km/hr and they dawdled for the last couple of laps playing chicken behind a lone break !  Rochelle do credit some of us with brains.   Scrymgeor used to write the most biased race write ups for cyclingnews at her times with various teams.  Sometimes a 500 word piece might only have 5 words about the actions of the winner.  Now she is currently using crowd-sourcing to keep her team getting to races.  The scene is currently is very weak outside GB.  Katherine Bertine’s team lost its sponsor and she is trawling around for a ride.  2014 was like the years before it, riders again not getting wages.  Gilmour and Scrymgeor are hardly going to vote themselves out of business by demanding the UCI implements a minimum wage. 

    Gaudry – prove me wrong – but I don’t see an official with skin in the game.  Platitudes and a CV to burnish;  looking ahead at the next career move.  A minimum wage and enforcement of organizers would bring her into conflict with St Brian and expose the falseness of his position - a position identical to that which has prevented growth of women's cycling these past 30 years.  I don’t think she is going anywhere near that.  Sadly I see a plan projecting to the future, hedged around with all sorts of conditions, as bringing nothing we haven’t seen in the last 30 years.  In 6 years time both she and St Brian will be gone and 6 more years will have passed with little change.

    The World Governing body has a duty to protect the female athletes in exactly the same way it sees fit to protect the male athletes.  That it can consider the discrimination where a minimum wage is only required for male athletes, as “acceptable”, casts every one of its board into the category “not fit for role”.  Tracy, that includes you.  Before joining the team of St Brian I would have picked up the phone and done a bit of research and calling Emma Pooley and Nicole Cooke would have been the first two numbers on my list.  Is it true whilst Team Sky had people putting special pillows in hotels, the GB gold and silver medalists from Beijing were living hand to mouth  and getting bike shops to look after your machines.  Cookson was in charge, he was the boss ?

    One  argument might be that  Gaudry knew the score and knew the answers, women’s cycling in Australia is a small pond, everyone knew Pooley and Cooke were out there and not supported  but it was in her personal interests to promote herself not to ask the basic question as to how far up the management structure the British Cycling policy of sexual discrimination ran.  I will leave you to think about that.

    So my question to Gaudry would be "Women's road Cycling has seen some ups and downs over the last 30 years since its introduction at the Olympics.  “La Course” was hailed as an "inaugural event" and a "breakthrough for women’s cycling", by much of the media.  There seemed to be nothing put out by the UCI to correct this reporting. When you were riding there was a two week long Tour.  Over the last 30 years organic growth has seen women’s cycling blossom and then fail.  For the men, only legislation, putting in place a minimum wage, achieved basic professionalism through the sport.  Given the lack of will at the highest level within the UCI to legislate so that the big teams like Sky are required to run a women’s team, what makes you think that organic growth will enable women’s cycling to move to the point where athletes can at long last have the protection currently enjoyed by a temporary waitress in a diner in Australia or Europe.  Why do you think the girls you represent are currently not worth that ?"
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #26 on: April 01, 2015, 09:39 »
    I have had some more email contact

    Seems to more of if we get answers rather than when, She is a crazy busy women and I am sure we are low on the priority list, but she has said next week a few times now . Just wanted to let you know
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #27 on: May 30, 2015, 20:16 »
    At http://cyclingtips.com.au/2015/03/womens-worldtour-two-tiered-system-amongst-changes-proposed-by-uci-womens-working-group/

    there was a seminar on 13th March and the commission came up with this pearl.

    "A minimum wage for women was a talking point at the Women’s Team Seminar; however, the introduction of minimum salaries will be a slow process. The consensus is that there are far bigger fish to fry than salaries in terms of the professionalism of the sport.

    The women’s working group has proposed that teams be required to pay a minimum salary to a minimum of two riders in 2018 for inclusion into the top tier of the proposed two-tier system.

    “We’ve learned in a presentation at the seminar that the existing minimum salaries in men’s road cycling are not imposed by the UCI but rather a byproduct of joint agreements between riders and teams associations,” noted Marcellini. “The UCI’s role is to enforce those agreements and not to establish them.”

    They certainly believe in the adage that you can fool some people all of the time. 

    Two aspects of this leave my jaw on the floor.  First of all, the hollowness of Cookson's manifesto pledge in 2013.  The UCI have no role to impose it because, for the men, they only police it - under their own rules, they did not generate it !  So which bit of this cop out did the New President, together with his team of advisors assembling his manifesto, not understand whilst he was boss of the UCI Road Commission for several years ?  He was there overseeing this and yet, blow me down with a feather - he would love to introduce it but he just can't, the teams need to come up with it first.  What a shocker !  Da*n and blast !

    Second, that by 2018 the rate of progress is such that each top tier team will be paying a minimum wage to just two riders on the rosta,  I make that,...... hold on I am struggling a bit with the math here.........  it is a tricky one........ 2018 - 2013 = ........... Yes I have it, Gaudry and Cookson will have had their hands on the tiller for 5 years and wow, a whole two riders per team will get the same salary protection the Saturday morning junior gets emptying the bins at Kentucky Fried Chicken.  There's progress for you.  I would put my money on that being a total number of people protected for 2018 that just about matches what the status was in 2013, the moment St Brian announced to the straining masses, his manifesto.

    As I posted earlier, Scrymgeor and Gilmore are a pair of turkeys who are not going to vote for Christmas.  Gaudry has a CV to burnish and will want to be gone.  Cookson wants to leave before any scandal creates a tsunami that makes any positive work entirely irrelevant and this was always was just a hollow gesture anyway. 

    I put on it 6 years and negligible progress.   We are two years in and this is the plan ! 

    I must admit I thought they would have aimed higher and settled for another "miss".  This is well below the low bar I set for them. 
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #28 on: May 31, 2015, 02:19 »
    that is appalling.

    I was so hopeful that Cookson and more importantly Guadry would actually DO something for womens cycling.

    :fp  :fp  :fp  :fp  :fp
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    Re: Tracey Gaudry Q & A
    « Reply #29 on: June 01, 2015, 06:52 »
    This was mentioned and discussed with TG on twitter a few weeks ago, FWIW the teams are driving much of the changes re min wage

    Still shocking

    and pps I did have some more email contact , just no answers  :)
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