A biological male who identifies as a transgender female won an amateur female cycling event in New York City on Saturday.
Tiffany Thomas, formerly known as Trent, was pictured standing atop the winner’s podium at the Randall’s Island Crit, a cycling series held in New York City, according to an Instagram post from NYC Cycling News. (RELATED: Woman To Sue Hospital That Performed Sex Change Surgery On Her At 13)
Thomas is affiliated with Los Angeles-based women’s cycling group LA Sweat, and competed against women in various cycling competitions with the group, ABC News reported. “Tiffany is a scientist by day, athlete by night,” Thomas’ LA Sweat bio says. “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!!!”
Male domestic pro bike racer Tiffany Thomas (fka Trent) can’t wait until team camp with elite women’s team LA Sweat.
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! pic.twitter.com/jmFZW0UEIu
— 🚲 (@i_heart__bikes) February 7, 2023
Thomas placed second at the 2021 Bucks County Classic in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, trailing only former olympian Paola Munoz. Despite taking up cycling at age 40, Thomas has gone from “total beginner to the elite level in just five years,” one social media critic pointed out.
Thomas is competing at age 46, alongside teammates ranging from 24-32 years old, the user said. Thomas began winning races months after beginning cycling, according to an interview from September 2021.
Biological males competing in women’s cycling led former champion Hannah Arensman to quit the sport, according to a March announcement. Arensman lost a podium placement at the UCI Cyclocross National Championship in the elite women’s category to a male rider who came in third place.