Cycling magazine says sorry for calling rider a “token attractive woman”

A cycling magazine has apologised after labelling a female rider a “token attractive woman”.

The “idiotic” caption was placed next to the photo of Hannah Noel as part of a feature to mark the 70th anniversary of Hinckley Cycling Race Club in Cycling Weekly.

The editor of the magazine accepted the caption was “neither funny nor representative of the way we approach our work”.

Hannah herself said on Facebook: “I made it into Cycling Weekly, it seems not for my ability as a female cyclist but as a ‘token attractive woman’ – I’m absolutely gutted and disappointed in the magazine.”

In response to a comment about her looking “fabulous”, she said: “It’s not really the reason I’d want to be in a magazine, it’s sexist and derogatory to female cyclists.”

Club secretary at Hinckley, Tim Ellershaw, said they were annoyed and the comment “should never have been made in the first place”.

The photo and ‘idiotic’ caption published by Cycling Weekly

He told the BBC: “It’s really not appropriate in this day and age.

“You can see how these things happen – comments slip through the net when things need to be proof-read properly – but it shouldn’t be made in the first place.

“The lady in the picture is a keen member of the club – she rides every week and she’s certainly not just a token woman.”

In a statement, the editor of Cycling Weekly, Simon Richardson, said the caption was written by a member of the sub-editing team during the magazine’s production process and was missed before it went to print.

“In this week’s issue of Cycling Weekly we published a regular Ride With feature with the Hinckley Cycling Race Club,” he wrote in the statement.

“Unfortunately during the magazine’s production process a member of the sub-editing team decided to write an idiotic caption on a photo of one of the female members of the club.”

He added the caption was “neither funny nor representative of the way we feel or approach our work”.

The statement continued: “Sadly in the rush to get the magazine finished it was missed by other members of the team and eventually sent to print.

“We would like to apologise unreservedly to the rider in the photograph, the Hinckley CRC and all our readers.

“This appalling lack of judgement by an individual is just that, and not a reflection of the culture in the CW office.”

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