Ian Boswell raises awareness for transgender community in Unbound Gravel win

Ian Boswell
Ian Boswell (Image credit: Wil Matthews)

Ian Boswell stormed across the line on Saturday to win the men’s Unbound Gravel 200 race in dramatic fashion but when he raised his arms in celebration the American also raised awareness for the transgender community with a sweatband showing the community’s flag on his right arm.

For Boswell, this is a personal matter, as well as a step to recognize the rights of transgender athletes and the community as a whole. The former WorldTour rider’s nephew is transgender and while Boswell also wore the armband a few weeks ago in the Rule of Three gravel race in Arkansas, this was the first time a wider media and audience had seen him show his support.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at Cyclingnews.com between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.