ok, first-time poster in this forum, whatever. i s'pose i'm by rights a "clydesdale", b/c i weigh over 200lbs. i never gave it much thought or worry. but, i *was* given pause when i noticed that the clydesdale forum is now the clydesdale/athena forum. why on earth is there gender specific terminology for this stuff? especially given that "clydesdale" does not hold any male-biased connotations. i mean, c'mon: a clydesdale is a hefty breed of horse. last time i checked, there were both male and female clydesdale *horses* out there, pulling carts and promoting beer. why isn't the term "clydesdale" acceptable for larger female riders, but it's ok for males?
to be honest, i've always felt it was odd that bigger riders felt the need to label and identify themselves as a critter apart from the cycling mainstream. it hardly seems like a positive thing to do, and aside from choice of wheelsets, my weight hasn't affected my cycling life very much.... but, as a feminist and a dude with massive interests in gender issues, i feel compelled to ask why we're thinning the herd any further with this talk of "athenas".