Two transgender feminine cyclists dominated the rostrum on the Chicago Cyclocross Cup sequence final weekend after ending first and second in a ladies’s occasion.
Tessa Johnson, 25, took residence gold within the CX Ladies SingleSpeed occasion within the Jackson Park race on Oct. 8, after ending with a time of 38:48, in keeping with race outcomes from USA Biking.
Evelyn Williamson, 30, got here in second with a time of 40:20.
In accordance with the race outcomes from USA Biking, the third place finisher didn’t full the fifth lap of the race as Johnson and Williamson did and completed with a time of 33:47.
Johnson additionally positioned first within the CX Ladies’s Cat ½ race, whereas Williamson completed fourth.
The race comes months after Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) up to date its coverage, banning transgender athletes from elite competitors.
In July, the world governing physique for sports activities biking launched a prolonged assertion updating their coverage to prohibit any trans bicycle owner from competing in ladies’s occasions in the event that they “transitioned after (male) puberty.”
“Any further, feminine transgender athletes who’ve transitioned after (male) puberty will probably be prohibited from taking part in ladies’s occasions on the UCI Worldwide Calendar — in all classes — within the varied disciplines.”
The choice adopted a July 5 assembly, when the governing physique discovered that the present “state of scientific data” can’t assure that any bodily benefit could be eradicated after present process hormone remedy therapies.
The Jackson Park race in Illinois, the place Johnson and Williamson positioned, follows the rules for non-elite competitors set by the USA Biking, which states that at “non-elite competitors ranges, a member might self-select their gender.”
“The CCC has at all times been before everything about fostering a optimistic & supportive neighborhood constructed round aggressive cyclo-cross racing, and which means welcoming and difficult everybody who desires to contribute to the sequence and make it higher,” the Chicago Cyclocross Cup says on its web site.