Women’s cyclocross is being dominated by males in the USA.
Tessa (Michael) Johnson and Lesley (Wesley) Mumford shamefully participated in the female events and took the podium afterwards to celebrate their victories over women.
Johnson stole first place from other female competitors in the single speed and 2nd place in the women’s elite.
Despite being a total beginner, Lesley (Wesley) Mumford came 2nd in the women's category 3 at the Colorado State Cyclocross Championships.
“I heart bikes” has been sharing the disappointing results on X along with photos of the men.
In addition to taking 🥇in the women's singlespeed, Tessa (Michael) Johnson took 🥈in the women's elite category at the Chicago State cyclocross Championships last weekend.— 🚲 (@i_heart__bikes) December 4, 2023
I wonder why I never see any actual female racers wearing their hair like Mr. Johnson does. 🤔 pic.twitter.com/3DxqZpSGMi
This season, male racer Lesley (Wesley) Mumford went from total beginner in cyclocross to 🥈 in the women's cat 3 at the Colorado State Cyclocross Championships.— 🚲 (@i_heart__bikes) December 4, 2023
I guess Mumford just trains really hard. 🤷♀️ pic.twitter.com/LfDGVkFIFz
Former Swimmer and women’s sport advocate Riley Gaines has offered to pay the equivalent prize money to any female athlete that refuses to compete against the men.
Two men take 1st & 2nd at the Illinois State Cyclocross Championships yesterday. @usacycling has 2 categories for men and none for women— Riley Gaines (@Riley_Gaines_) December 4, 2023
Any woman who concedes and doesn't compete, I will personally pay them the prize money they're missing out on. Stop participating in the farce pic.twitter.com/MbFc2av95y
In Australia, males are competing in female divisions at community level in most sports, as well as some elite levels.
The Australian Institute of Sport promotes and protects these males under their policy guidelines of “inclusion.” Their inclusion however means the automatic exclusion of many females who either miss out on a spot or have to self-exclude because they do not want to share the field or change rooms with males.
Australian law does make provisions to exclude males from female divisions but very few sporting organisations are willing to use this law to protect women. Instead they threaten fines and expulsion from competitions.
It is time female athletes, their coaches and other officials took a stand anyway. It is the only way we will be able to save women’s sports from males who appropriate womanhood.
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