Watching a women’s pro race is entirely different from watching a men’s pro race.
Yesterday was my first time watching a women’s pro race in person, and I was really surprised by how casual everything and everyone was. When the riders finished, they just sat on the sidewalk for a while and talked to their teammates and team staff until the last riders rolled in. No crowds or barriers around the riders.
I’m really glad I got to watch the race, but it made me a little worried to see such a lack of interest in the Giro Donne. Their website even asks for sponsors. I think women’s cycling is definitely here to stay, but I’m not sure if these bigger races like the Giro Donne will last if they can’t find sponsors.