Podium at Chicago Cyclocross Cup featuring transgender cyclists in first and second place. Two transgender cyclists took the top spots at a women’s race in Illinois over the weekend.
Tessa Johnson, 25, came in first in the women’s SingleSpeed race at the Chicago Cyclocross Cup while Evelyn Williamson, 30, followed in second on Oct. 7.
The only biological female on the podium, Allison Zmuda, had to settle for third place.
Earlier this year, the transgender cyclists wiped out the competition at other women’s races and the debate over the inclusion of transgender athletes in women’s sports rages on.
The CycloCross Cup featured more than a dozen different competitions for men, women, and junior athletes.Johnson also placed first in the women’s Cat Half, taking home $150 in prize money, while Williamson came short in fourth, but still received a $75 prize. RECOMMENDED VIDEO The race’s website states transgender athletes are welcome as they follow USA Cycling’s Transgender Athlete Participation policies, which allows participants in non-elite races to self-select their gender.Article contentArticle content“The CCC has always been first and foremost about fostering a positive & supportive community built around competitive CycloCross racing, and that means welcoming and challenging everyone who wants to contribute to the series and make it better,” according to race organizers.They noted: “Discrimination or harassment of any kind on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, national origin, sportsball team affiliation, or any other stupid idea someone comes up with to belittle others will not […]