Riders have spoken out following "transphobic hate" which erupted following a fixed gear crit race that took place on Friday and was run – as advertised – outside of traditional gender categories.
The Daily Mail and Daily Express , among other titles, published articles after the ‘Thundercrit’ race hosted by ‘NLTCBMBC’ (North London ThunderCat Black Metal Bicycle Club).
The articles focused on the fact that the ‘Lightning Category’ – which was advertised in advance as being open to "trans men and women whose physical performance aligns most closely with cis-women", and had seven entrants in total – was won by trans rider Emily Bridges.
Lilly Chant – who identifies as female – was second. Third place went to cis-female and NLTCBMBC fixed crit racer, Jo Smith. The Mail stated that the race had the result of "leaving [the] young mother in third", choosing to publish the story with a podium shot of Bridges and Chant kissing, alongside Smith, carrying her child to the podium.
The Express said that "the gold and silver podium winners were both male-born", adding "the gold medal went to Emily Bridges."
No medals were awarded. Rather than lamenting being "left" in third place, Smith celebrated the result. Posting on Twitter, she said: "I am delighted with my podium, super proud to be part of the team that organizes such an inclusive and exciting event, and proud to race with such awesome competitors."
Speaking to Cycling Weekly and referring specifically to the Daily Mail’s article, Bridges said: "We [the riders] will […]