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Trans athletes take 1st and 2nd place in Chicago ladies’s biking occasion

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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. 

Bikes on roof rack. (Jean-Yves Ruszniewski/Corbis/VCG through Getty Pictures)

Evelyn Williamson, 30, got here in second with a time of 40:20. 

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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. 

UCI in Switzerland

A view of the UCI World biking heart brand on Might 14, 2022 in Aigle, Switzerland. (RvS.Media/Basile Barbey/Getty Pictures)

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.” 

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“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. 

Bicycle wheels

A row of biking bikes. (Mickey Pfleger/Sports activities Illustrated through Getty Pictures)

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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.

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