USA Cycling criticized for inaction in wake of anti-trans protests at Cyclo-cross Nationals

USA Cycling Cyco-cross National Championships 2021
USA Cycling Cyco-cross National Championships 2021 (Image credit: SnowyMountain Photography)

USA Cycling has faced criticism for not taking enough action in preventing an anti-trans group from protesting, shouting and holding signs opposing transgender participation at the USA Cycling National Cyclo-cross Championships held in DuPage County, Illinois, in the Chicago area on Sunday. Trans rights supporters have expressed concern that the sport governing body did not facilitate a safe and inclusive environment for trans women at its own flagship event. 

“There is an active cycling scene in Chicago with a vibrant queer, transgender and BIPOC presence, and these local people were coming up to me and asking what was happening and why wasn’t anyone doing anything about it. There were a lot of locals there, children and young kids, transgender and non-binary kids, and their parents and families out, at the race. They are mortified and so hurt,” said Molly Cameron, a transgender cyclist and founder of RIDE aimed at creating a more inclusive bike industry and sport. 

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