Tiffany Thomas, who is now 46 and was born male, just came in first place during the Randall’s Island Crit cycling race in New York City on Sunday, leaving actual women in the dust and enraging critics who complain that it’s “not fair at all.”
Thomas started cycling in 2018. Because of the physical change, the cyclist has dominated the competition since entering the sport. Thomas recently clinched a spot on the top cycling team LA Sweat, where the racer’s oldest teammate is just 32.
The transgender took a picture of the latest win and posted it on Instagram, stating it “was a great day to play bikes with friends.”
“Last race with our 2022 LA Sweat team kit. I’m not going to lie, sometimes it made me feel like a superhero when I wore it,” Thomas noted in a separate post.
🚴Trans-identifying male, Tiffany Thomas (46) wins NYC women's cycling event, angering critics: 'Not fair at all'@i_heart__bikes @libbyemmons https://t.co/fcUCbO580a pic.twitter.com/HG23bNrG0D
— ICONS Women (@icons_women) March 22, 2023
Thomas works as a lab director and is depicted in an LA Sweat team profile as “a scientist by day, athlete by night.”
“You will never see anyone with a bigger smile than when she sees a beautiful electron microscopy picture of a red cell,” the biography notes. “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!”
In 2022, during an interview with NYC Bike Culture, Thomas insisted race promoters have an “obligation” to develop policies that punish those who offer “an aggressive response” to the participation of biologically male, trans-identifying female cyclists.
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Other female cyclists are not as thrilled over Thomas’ win, to say the least. They understandably accuse the cyclist of “cheating.”
“Not fair at all. At the Randall’s Island Crit #3 over the weekend, transgender athlete Tiffany Thomas was seen at the top of the podium while two women followed in second and third place. A crit race, or criterium, is a lapped, closed-circuit race that usually takes place in cities, according to http://Bicycling.com,” one person tweeted.
“Tiffany’s teammates are all between the ages of 24 and 32. Amazing that Tiffany can keep up with them at the age of 46 after only starting cycling at age 40!” they asserted. “Tiffany Thomas has been on countless podiums, going from a total beginner to the elite level in just 5 years.”
Tiffany Thomas has been on countless podiums, going from a total beginner to the elite level in just 5 years.#SaveWomensSports pic.twitter.com/MFe0qJAIS0
— 🚲 (@i_heart__bikes) February 7, 2023
“I feel so bad for woman athletes in America that have trained their entire lives,” another critic lamented, according to the Daily Mail. “We are destroying woman’s rights in America. They might as well just make every sport in this country co-ed. This is all so unfair. Everyone should live the way they want but there are sacrifices.”
Former champion cyclist Hannah Arensman quit the sport after she failed to place against a trans cyclist.
— ICONS Women (@icons_women) March 15, 2023
“At my last race at the recent UCI Cyclocross National Championships in the elite women’s category, I came in fourth, flanked on either side by male riders awarded third and fifth,” she commented in her retirement announcement. “My sister and family sobbed as they watched a man finish in front of me, having witnessed several physical interactions with him throughout the race.”
A number of states are working on banning transgender women from competing in female sports. They refer to studies that show transgenders have an unfair physical advantage over women.
The issue became explosive when trans swimmer Lia Thomas became an NCAA champion in March 2022. Transgenderism has now spread to all female sports causing many women to drop out.
According to the Daily Mail, Thomas gave an interview in 2021 after coming in fifth in the first event insisting cycling didn’t come naturally at first.
Thomas decided to join the “women’s development race” after befriending another cyclist.
“So I signed up for it, and it was amazing,” the trans cyclist declared. “But I sucked at it.”
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That contest cemented it for Thomas who decided, “I really want to do this,” and claims that criticism has been “hurtful.”
In the Doylestown Health Women’s pro in Pennsylvania in 2021, Thomas lost to former Olympian Paola Munoz. One of the women who was on the podium blurred the transgender out of her celebration picture.
“The reason why this erasure was so hurtful to me is that I have had people tell me that I don’t belong,” the racer whined. “Fortunately, we have a community that has said that this is not ok.”
Tommy Lundberg, who is a lecturer in physiology at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute and a leading researcher on the subject, told the Daily Mail in a March interview, “The most important thing is whether or not you have benefited from male development and male puberty and if you’ve done that, you’re going to have advantages you cannot undo later.”
Nancy Hogshead, a former pro swimmer who won three gold medals and one silver at the 1984 Olympics, also told the Daily Mail, “Trans women have an undeniable physical advantage. Their bodies do what male bodies do when they go through puberty and is the reason why we segregate sports ubiquitously around the world. Unless we’re talking about just playing, just recreational sports. All competitive sports is sex-segregated.”
Caitlyn Jenner, who won gold in the male decathlon at the 1976 Olympics before transgendering, called Thomas’ wins “anathema to what sports represents and the spirit of competition.”
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