A British cycling magazine has apologized for a photo caption in its latest issue labeling a cyclist as “token attractive woman.”
Cycling Weekly, published by Time Inc. UK, included the photo in a profile of the Hinckley Cycle Racing Club from Leicestershire. A member of the club noticed the bizarre caption in the magazine, published Thursday, and posted it to Twitter.
Hannah Noel, the cyclist in the photo, said on Facebook that she was “gutted and disappointed” in the magazine.
Cycling Weekly Editor Simon Richardson swiftly issued a full apology, blaming the “idiotic” caption on a member of the magazine’s sub-editing team and overlooked by other staffers in the rush to finish the magazine.
“The caption is neither funny nor representative of the way we feel or approach our work,” Richardson said.
Not everyone appeared ready to accept the apology. Sarah Connolly, a cycling commentator, said on Twitter that the caption raises questions about a possible sexist atmosphere at the magazine.