by David Mendez
As you might be familiar, Tucson's something of a haven for cyclists (just ask frequent Range contributor Michael McKisson, proprietor of TucsonVelo.com. The Old Pueblo is a great place, year-round, for both regular riders to get around town and for cycling teams to train to their heart's content.
So, it makes sense that Tucson-based athlete, journalist and educator Kathryn Bertine is taking a shot at producing a documentary, focusing on the world of women's professional cycling — though she needs your help to do it.
Bertine's IndieGoGo crowdfunding campaign is in full-swing, as she's raised more than a quarter of the funds she needs with 45 days to go. I'd call it a safe bet for Bertine to pull through easily, but you never know when things are going to stall in the weird world of crowdfunding, so if you're at all interested in seeing her movie, give her a campaign a look (and read a statement of the vision she has for the documentary) here.
HALF THE ROAD is a documentary film that explores the world of women’s professional cycling, focusing on both the love of sport and the pressing issues of inequality that modern-day female riders face in a male dominated sport. With footage from some of the world’s best international UCI races to interviews with Olympians, World Champions, rookies, coaches, managers, officials, doctors and family members, HALF THE ROAD offers a unique insight to the drive, dedication, and passion it takes for female cyclists to thrive. Both on and off the bike, the voices and advocates of women’s pro cycling take their audience on a journey of enlightenment, depth, strength, love, humor and best of all, change & growth.
In addition to the international race footage and athlete interviews, the film also follows director/athlete Kathryn Bertine’s quest to make the 2012 Olympics during her first year racing professionally for Team Colavita. Bertine, a three-time national champion of St. Kitts and Nevis, explores the issues faced when smaller nations try to make strides in a sport that has no history of tradition (or fiscal support) within their culture. The documentary's title, HALF THE ROAD, comes from a segment of the film where the president of a small cycling federation quotes the old adage, "Women hold up half the sky" in reference to equality. Our documentary explores the idea that, If women hold up half the sky, then the women's peloton deserves 'half the road' of opportunity, growth, support & equality within professional cycling.