29-Year-Old Cisgender Cyclist Refuses to Be ‘Falsely Presented as Victim in Manufactured Controversy,’ While Slamming Ongoing Criticism of Trans Women’s Recent Win

Published 12/08/2023, 7:35 AM EST

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Amidst the wave of controversies surrounding trans athletes in women’s cycling games, a recent stance of inclusivity has made headlines. With the race for acceptance and recognition peaking among transgender riders, a 29-year-old cis-cyclist extended her support during a media exchange. 

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Kristen Chalmers, a competitive cycling professional, expressed her cordial stand against the ongoing fervent clash between traditional views and inclusivity. Despite taking third place at the Illinois event, with the spotlight on two transgender athletes, her encouragement sided with her opponents. Dismissing the critical uproar against queer cyclists, the female sports community has now shared an open letter in favor of trans riders. 

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While trans cycling riders Tessa Johnson and Evelyn Williamson triumphed against her in the October event, Chalmers gracefully called out the backlash they faced. Emphasizing the insignificance of her third-place finish amidst the vibrant competition, she shunned the idea of sacrificing the enjoyment of riding for personal accolades.

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Remarkably, her opinion of harmonious cycling was bolstered by an open letter signed by numerous cisgender counterparts. Championing inclusivity and support for their trans peers, the debates against trans athletes competing in women’s sports collided with Chalmers’ nonchalant outlook. 

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Sparking an outrage that reverberated beyond the cycling track, this racing event with five competitors revealed the prowess of these athletes. 

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While Chalmers highlighted the invigorating spirit in competing against formidable opponents, the co-signed statement from biologically female racers had a bolder narrative. Joining hands with trans cycling professionals in track races, this open letter voiced the acceptance of cyclists from every corner, disregarding their personal lives. 

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“We refuse to be falsely presented as victims in a manufactured controversy” it read, while adding how the impacts of such discriminatory rules were leading to “Further alienate and marginalise those most vulnerable within our community, in service of rampant and harmful anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.”

Subsequently, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and USA Cycling revamped their policies, reflecting a broader shift in sports regulations. These revised parameters curtailed the participation of trans female athletes who started puberty before transitioning, echoing the restrictive measures in domestic races.

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While Kristen Chalmers and her fellow cycling riders’ unified voice left a mark on the Chicago Cyclocross Cup, the tumult surrounding trans athletes underscored a larger societal conversation. In a world where competitiveness often overshadows camaraderie, Chalmers and her cohorts reminded how true victory lies in the celebration of sportsmanship. 

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