Hi. One sees more young ladies out training these days. They lend the sport a more pleasant public image, I reckon.
I don't race myself, only commute to work, and the occassional day trip. Would like to do some cycle camping, but don't relish lugging all that gear, plus food and water. It's easier to lug the bike in the campervan, more comfortable, too.
I wonder what is the situation in the racing scene - do you have to keep upgrading your equipment frequently? e.g. from 7 speed rear cogsets, to 8 speed, 9 speed, etc? Now Campy has a 10 speed rear hub out. ( My pockets are rather shallow).