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Half the Road

First Run Features Posted by First Run Features in Blogs June 5th, 2014

Modern society has long believed that women hold up half the sky in terms of equality and progression. So when it comes to the world of professional cycling why aren't women receiving half the road?

 Katherine Berline, Professional cyclist and director
of the documentary film, HALF THE ROAD
Photo by George Deswijzen

Directed by pro cyclist, author and activist Kathryn Bertine and narrated by former pro cyclist and TV commentator Bob "Bobke" Roll, HALF THE ROAD explores the world of women's professional cycling, focusing on both the love of the sport and the pressing issues of inequality that female athletes face in a male dominated profession.
With footage from some of the world's most challenging and exciting races to interviews with Olympians, World Champions, rookies, coaches, officials, doctors and family members, HALF THE ROAD offers a unique insight to the drive, dedication, and passion it takes for a female cyclist to thrive.
Included as well are notable women who have achieved inroads in other endurance sports, such as Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially register (as "K.V. Switzer") and run the all-male Boston Marathon in 1967; the iconic photo of her being attacked by a race official was listed by Time-Life as among its "100 Photographs that Changed the World."
Women cyclist race at Tour of The Gila in
New Mexico
Kathryn Bertine is a pro cyclist, author, activist and filmmaker. She is the 2013 Caribbean Champion and as well a three-time national champion of St. Kitts and Nevis. She has garnered one top 10 and six top 20 UCI finishes, and has competed at six world championships. Off the bike, she is a journalist and author of two sports memoirs (All The Sundays Yet to Come and As Good As Gold), and wrote the So You Wanna Be an Olympian column for ESPN and the Riding with the Pros column for espnW, where she also worked as senior editor in 2011. Last July, Le Tour Entier, an organization she co-founded along with Marianne Vos, Emma Pooley and Chrissie Wellington successfully petitioned Amaury Sport Organisation (the owners of the Tour de France) to include a women's race as part of the 2014 Tour de France. The petition gained 97,000 signatures worldwide.
Marianne Vos claims another title
• 2012 Olympic Gold Medalists Kristin Armstrong (USA) & Marianne Vos (NED).
• Pro cycling standouts Ina Teutenberg (GER), Emma Pooley (GBR), Rochelle Gilmore (AUS), and the USA's Evelyn Stevens, Amber Neben, Amber Pierce, Connie Carpenter-Phinney, Alison Tetrick, Robin Farina, Nicky Wangsgard and many more discuss pressing issues concerning salary, compensation, training, and medical coverage in women's cycling.
• 4x Ironman World Champ Chrissie Wellington & 1967 Boston Marathon's Kathrine Switzer share their gender-barrier breaking accomplishments.
• 17th U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Richard Carmona discusses the physical & physiological power of female athletes.
• UCI President Brian Cookson shares his views on women's pro cycling.
HALF THE ROAD: The Passion, Pitfalls & Power of Women's Professional Cycling
106 minutes, color, 2014
Written, Directed and Produced By KATHRYN BERTINE
Filmed & Edited By KEVIN TOKSTAD
Executive Producer JEFF LUND
Executive Producer KELLOGG Ltd.
Narrated By BOB ROLL
DVD available July 8, 2014



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