BREAKING NEWS: HAVE YOU SIGNED THE PETITION?
On July 11, 2013, Half The Road director Kathryn Bertine joined forces with Olympic & World Champion cyclists Emma Pooley and Marianne Vos, and Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington, to petition the ASO and it’s president Christian Prudhomme (Amaury Sports Organization/race director of the Tour de France) to allow women’s professional cycling teams to compete at the Tour de France. Our goal is to have a women’s event run in conjunction with the men’s race. We seek not to compete against the men, but to share the venue simultaneously.
This is long overdue. 100 years, to be exact. It’s time for the women to race, with parity for all.
Please sign our petition and share it with your friends: Let The Women Race The Tour De France
Wait a minute…who the heck is Kathryn Bertine?
I am an Athlete & Activist: Proud to announce I’ve re-signed a pro cycling contract to race for Colavita/FineCooking Pro Cycling in 2013. Check us out at www.teamcolavita.com I also race for the nation of St. Kitts and Nevis. I am a 3x road and time trial national champion, and proud to help grow the sport of women’s cycling in developing nations.
I am a Journalist/Filmmaker: I’m a senior columnist for www.espnw.com. Which means I get to help put female athletes where they belong…in the media spotlight. I am also the director of the new film HALF THE ROAD: The passion, pitfalls & power of women’s professional cycling.
I am an Author: Of two sports memoirs, ALL THE SUNDAYS YET TO COME (Little, Brown 2003) and AS GOOD AS GOLD (ESPN Books, 2010) are available on Amazon.com or your at local book seller! Click here to order
For info on KATHRYN’S DOCUMENTARY FILM: Find out all about it here: www.HalfTheRoad.com
Release date: Autumn 2013
For info on KATHRYN’S COSTA RICA CYCLING TOURS & CAMPS: Join me in Costa Rica this winter!
February 2014 Cycling Tours/Camps
AS GOOD AS GOLD
One woman, nine sports, ten countries, and a two-year quest to make the Summer Olympics
Here’s the dust jacket synopsis …
“Imagine George Plimpton. Except he’s got real athletic ability. And he’s a woman. And she’s taken on a challenge that makes Paper Lion look like a brisk game of Go Fish.
Meet Kathryn Bertine, elite triathlete, former professional figure skater, and starving artist. In the summer of 2006, Bertine was out of a job, a home, and a general sense of direction when ESPN staked her to a dream: she was given two years to make the 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing—by any means possible. As Good As Gold is the hilarious, heroic account of Bertine’s serial exertions in the realms of triathlon, modern pentathlon, team handball, track cycling, road cycling, rowing, open water swimming, racewalking, and—fasten your seatbelts—luge.
On her journey, the obstacles range from jet lag to jellyfish, flat tires to dating disasters, knuckle bashings to road rash. But, as time starts running out, Bertine doesn’t sweat the small stuff, only the large–like scouring the globe for a tiny nation to adopt her, and pushing her body and mind as far as it will go. Maybe all the way to China.
Between harrowing, but laugh-out-loud episodes of triumph and humiliation, Bertine takes short “Water Breaks” to contemplate the ins-and-outs of fan mail, failure, rehydration, nasal reconstruction, and what it really means to be an athlete.
Kathryn Bertine swims, runs, and rides like a champion–and her writing is victorious; mining literary pleasures from her physical pain and her spiritual tenacity. In As Good As Gold, Bertine proves she has something more valuable than an Olympic medal. She’s got Olympic mettle. When it comes to the human heart, she takes the gold.”
Recently, I had a few TV interviews in Sacramento:
Sacramento & Co is a clip from the morning TV show on ABC
Good Day Sacramento is a clip from the morning TV show on CBS
Thanks for visiting my website! While my Olympic quest with ESPN finished in September of 2008, my personal desire for reaching the professional ranks of women’s cycling took over. In 2012, I was fortunate enough to realize this dream and sign my first pro contract with Colavita at the age of 36. In 2013, I’ll be racing for Colavita/FineCooking, (and for St. Kitts and Nevis, internationally) and working on my documentary while writing for espnW. Please drop me an email if you’d like to be put on my mailing list, or if you’ll be at/near any upcoming races.
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