A transgender female took first place in a women's cycling event in New York City over the weekend, the National Desk reported.
Tiffany Thomas — a member of the Los Angeles-based women's cycling group L.A. Sweat — stood atop the middle podium as the winner of the Randall's Island Crit, the outlet said.
The second- and third-place finishers in the photo with Thomas were all smiles in defeat:
"Tiffany is a scientist by day, athlete by night," according to Thomas' bio on the L.A. Sweat website. "Her favorite organ are the blood cells. You will never see anyone with a bigger smile than when she sees a beautiful electron microscopy picture of a red cell. She has never met a barbell, a bike, or a dog that she doesn’t like. She is so incredibly excited to race and represent the LA Sweat team this year!!!"
Here are a couple of Instagram clips showing Thomas in training:
A critic of transgender women competing against biological female cyclists tweeted about Thomas last month:
Thomas spoke out on Instagram following the headline-grabbing moment when the Daily Wire's Michael Knowles said during a CPAC speech that "for the good of society … transgenderism must be eradicated from public life entirely — the whole preposterous ideology, at every level."
"I am tired. I missed a lift yesterday and just sat on the floor next to the barbell for a couple of minutes," Thomas wrote. "My strength coach, Julia, asked me what I was thinking about during the lift. The truth was I was thinking about nothing and everything."
More from Thomas' post:
I was thinking about the words “eradicate transgenderism” that were spoken at the CPAC convention a couple of day prior.
The erosion of LGBTQ+ rights over the previous year.
Whether the places that we are planning on racing this summer are going to be safe for me to travel.
If my existence on my team will come at the cost of lost sponsors and support to my teammates.
There are a lot of unknowns. I am fortunate that I have the support of my team director, teammates, coaches, family, and friends. I will be okay, but I am scared. I think that most transgender people are scared right now. Most of us are just trying to make it through the day. Bikes and barbells continue to bring me joy so I will continue to pedal, lift heavy a@$ weights, and I will show up for my community because that is how we will make the world a better place. Eventually.
The National Desk noted that Thomas during an interview last year with NYC Bike Culture emphasized that race promoters have an "obligation" to develop policies that punish people in the sport who offer "an aggressive response" to the participation of biologically male, trans-identifying cyclists.
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