To which I don’t know the answer.
Following these climbs, the men will head for the heights of the Mount Fuji loop and crest the spectacular Fuji Sanroku climb, before riding through the Fuji Speedway, ascending the gruelling Mount Mikuni and Mikuni Pass loop (which features lactic acid-churning gradients of over 20%). After yet more climbing on the Kagasaka Pass, they will ultimately reach the roads of the Fuji Speedway to contest the much-awaited finale.
Yet after their initial two climbs, the women will have to make do with a paltry one and a half laps of the speedway circuit before rolling over the finish line. Their route somehow completely bypasses the most spectacular and potentially race-defining elements that are present in the men’s course.
There are differences between male and female physiques. This is why we have male and female sporting events.
But how different is different? Are women not going to be able to complete a male road race course? Or is it just some outmoded paternalism?
I really don’t know the answer here – inform me.
Hmm, obviously, some women coul finish a male course. But would it be too taxing, so that it wouldn’t in fact be much of a race? That might be a better question.