A cyclist labelled a “token attractive woman” by a magazine has spoken for the first time about the insulting article.
Hannah Noel, a member of Hinckley Cycle Racing Club, had her picture featured in Cycling Weekly and in an embarrassing oversight for the magazine, it went to press with a photo caption describing her as a token attractive woman.
The error was blamed on a bad joke gone wrong.
The 35-year-old told the Sunday Times she had been “horrified” by the caption.
She told the newspaper: “I couldn’t believe it. It was offensive, derogatory and just not acceptable.
“I don’t think it reflects on cycling as a whole, but it shouldn’t have gone to print — or been there in the first place.”
The magazine featured the Hinckley club because it was celebrating its 70 anniversary and members had been looking forward to seeing their story in print.
Club secretary Tim Ellershaw said: “It was a general feeling of disbelief when we saw it.
“Obviously we had been looking forward to the article for quite a while.
“It was a big deal for us to have a piece in a national magazine.
“She’s a valuable member of our club. She’s a regular ride leader. She is not a token member in any respect.”
Cycling weekly’s editor Simon Richardson said in a statement about the blunder: “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.
“The caption is neither funny nor representative of the way we feel or approach our work.”
He added that the magazine apologised “unreservedly” to Hannah, the Hinckley CRC and all of the magazine’s readers.