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Half the Road Documentary: Wednesday, May 7

Northgate Reel Theatre


In the world of professional road cycling, all male riders who reach the Union Cycliste Internationale's Pro Continental level receive a minimum-wage annual base salary. In 2011, the president of UCI, cycling's international governing body, was asked if female pro cyclists at the same level also deserve the same salary.

"I am not so sure. Women's cycling has not yet developed enough," he said.

The response from the women of professional cycling: "We're not so sure that UCI has developed enough."

That's what Half the Road: The Passion, Pitfalls and Power of Women's Professional Cycling is all about. In the same vein as the women's ski jump documentary Ready to Fly, which screened at last year's Banff Mountain Film Festival, this documentary explores the issue of inequality that modern-day women face in male-dominated sports.

These women ask, where is their Tour de France? Interviews from world champions, Olympians including Idaho's own Kristin Armstrong, coaches, doctors and officials piece together the story. Boise even makes it into the movie, with footage from the Exergy women's bike races in 2012.

"What did you think really happened out there in the peloton? Everyone stopped to put on makeup, or what?" James Carkulis, CEO of Exergy Development Group, says in the documentary.

Whether you're a hardcore Hill Road cyclist or simply a cow-bell-ringing admirer of the Twilight Criterium, Half the Road will demand you probe deeper into the passions, pitfalls and power of women's professional cycling.