Cycling magazine editor apologies for ‘idiotic’ sexist caption

Women's road race cycling event during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Picture: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
Women's road race cycling event during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Picture: ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images
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The editor of a cycling magazine apologised after a sexist caption appeared in an a recent issue.

Hinckley Cycling Race Club in Leicester were profiled in Cycling Weekly. However, one of the pictures of a female rider was accompanied by the caption: ‘Token attractive woman’.

Simon Richardson said in his apology on Twitter that the caption was “idiotic” and not a “reflection of the culture” in the magazine’s office.

He wrote: “In this week’s issue of Cycling Weekly we published a regular Ride With feature with the Hinckley Cycling Race Club in Leicester. 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. 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 judgment by an individual is just that, and not a reflection of the culture in the CW office.”