What these two women are doing is commendable, but not unduly remarkable overall.
Firstly, they're not that ''young'', and secondly here's a site I stumbled across with reports from amateur cyclists ( mainly males ), telling
of their various cycling exploits, that cover as much distance and more, over a comparable timeframe as these two women are covering:
For example, a contribution from the above website:
''This November [ 2008 ], Simon Evans and Fearghal O'Nuallain will begin the first Irish circumnavigation of the globe by bicycle. Their
unsupported expedition will cover over 30,000km, passing through 30 countries and some of the highest, lowest, driest, coldest, warmest and loneliest
places on earth. In doing so, they will be promoting the positive contribution that cycling can make to mental health and the environment, raising
100,000 euro for Aware and highlighting climate change.''
I don't remember hearing about that story in late 2008.
There are many others on that site that tell of bicycle rides ( many fundraising ) of 10, 20, 30,000 kilometres and more.
Sadly, I think you're caught up in the idea that when women recreate something that many men do, the women need to be praised as if they've achieved
something uber-special, whereas they've just emulated what countless men have achieved already.
Your whole tone in this thread sounds patronising.
Would you have highlighted this story if it was two males embarking on this expedition ?
Furthermore, would you have used the fact that it was two men that went on this cycle ride as a reason to start a thread querying whether ''young
women have plain lost it' by comparison ?
I think we both know the answer to the above two hypothetical questions.
I'm not being churlish, as I've previously said, I commend these women, but let's not pretend this story is indicative of women outperforming men
in this kind of activity, when that is the complete opposite of the truth.