July 21, 2022

IX: Visualizing the Win with Marianne Martin

In this Episode

Women have been trying to make their way into the Tour de France for a very long time. And even once we did make it, we were pushed out again. This week, Selene interviews Marianne Martin – the winner of the very first female edition of the Tour de France. While the race was not as long as the men’s, including only 18 stages and more rest days, it marked a significant milestone for women in cycling, and sport altogether.

Marianne tells us what it took to get to that start line, and what it took to win. Turns out, a huge part of it was believing that she could. If there is one thing Marianne thinks got her that win, it was her ability to visualize herself in this race and further, winning this race. At a time when women’s imagined possibilities were limited, visualizing that goal changed everything for Marianne. With a new re-model of the Tour de France Femmes starting on July 24th, it’s important to recognize the challenges of getting to where we are today and the work that still needs to be done.

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