In the 80s, there was a Tour de France for women. Officially the Tour Cycliste Féminin, it faded away and died in 2009.

The Tour de France (the exclusively-male event) ended today in Paris. Before that, however, this morning there was a 56-mile race on the course in Paris for women.

Turns out a woman from Bronxville, who will surely bristle at being described as a “middle of the road cyclist”, Kathryn Bertine is a major impetus for the event and is also behind the Half-the-Road project and directed a documentary: