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The U.S. Cyclocross National Championships Held Its First-Ever Nonbinary Race. Here’s Why it Matters

The U.S. Cyclocross National Championships Held Its First-Ever Nonbinary Race. Here’s Why it Matters

2022 usa cycling cyclocross national championship nonbinary 18 , first time this category raced in nationals dec 10 2022 Amy Wolff Inclusivity in competitive cycling…

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2022 usa cycling cyclocross national championship nonbinary 18 , first time this category raced in nationals dec 10 2022 Amy Wolff

Inclusivity in competitive cycling took an important step forward with the inclusion of a nonbinary race category at the US Cyclocross National Championships . “CX Nats,” as it’s known to fans, is taking place this weekend in Hartford, CT and it was the first time that a nonbinary category was included by the USA Cycling sanctioning body.

Saturday brought the first-ever nonbinary race to the national championships (the USA Cycling website incorrectly lists the race in the results as “CX Men Non-Binary 18+ Cat 1/2/3/4/5”). Summer Newlands (Team S&M) pulled away to claim the win ahead of second place Kristin Sundquist (Green Mountain CX). Video player poster image To the riders, the inclusion of the nonbinary category is an important step froward.

“Meaningfully including nonbinary athletes in sports is critical because we all deserve to be seen for who we are, and to compete as we are,” says Anne Lieberman, Director of Policy and Programs at Athlete Ally . “We have more and more young people identifying as gender expansive or nonbinary who are looking for their place in the sports world, and event organizers have a responsibility to create spaces for all athletes to participate.”

Bicycling spoke to the athletes who raced about the addition of a gender expansive category and what it means to them, what they feel needs to happen next. What it means to the athletes

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