A FEMALE bicycle owner has slammed her “unfair” competitors after dropping a world championship race to a trans lady.
UCI Masters Monitor World Championship bronze medalist Jen Wagner-Assali made the disparaging remarks on Twitter after dropping out to Rachel McKinnon.
McKinnon, 36, a college professor, is biologically male however identifies as a lady. She later accused Wagner-Assali of being transphobic.
Wagner-Assali, 38, wrote on Twitter: “I used to be the third place rider. It is undoubtedly NOT truthful.”
She later wrote in response to a different message: “Simply because it is a CURRENT UCI rule would not make it truthful or proper. And guidelines might be modified.”
McKinnon claims she is the primary transgender lady world champion ever, not to mention within the 35-44 age group through which she took gold.
Carolien van Herrikhuyzen, who completed second, mentioned it was an “sincere” race and that Wagner-Assali shouldn’t have competed if she thought it was unfair.
Wagner-Assali’s tweet got here in response to a put up from Katie Hopkins.
The media persona printed a photograph of the three riders on the rostrum with the message: “For readability – this was the WOMENS world championships. I repeat. Girls’s.
“Congratulations to the courageous faces of silver and bronze. The world is gripped by a febrile insanity.”
McKinnon hit again at Hopkins and Ricky Gervais, who each commented on her win on Twitter.
The Canadian says there may be “completely no proof” she holds a bonus over her rivals.
McKinnon later posted: “third place (Jennifer Wagner) claims it is unfair for me to compete.
“At Masters Worlds, she beat me within the 500m TT. She beat me in 6 of seven races on the 2017 Intelligentsia Cup. In 2016 she beat me in all three Pace Week crits. She’s received 11 of our 13 races… and it is unfair? Excuse me?
“That is what the double-bind for trans girls athletes seems like: after we win, it is as a result of we’re transgender and it is unfair; after we lose, nobody notices (and it is as a result of we’re simply not that good anyway).
“Even when it is the SAME racer. That is what transphobia seems like.”
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Wagner-Assali later apologised for her remarks.
She wrote: “After having a while to replicate, I realise my Twitter feedback earlier this week unintentionally fanned the flames on a controversial scenario, and that I remorse.
“I made the feedback out of a sense of frustration, however they weren’t productive or constructive.
“They have been simply inflammatory, and that is not who I need to be or am. Whereas I could not agree with the foundations, after I pin on a quantity I comply with race by them.
“I additionally respect @rachelvmckinnon’s proper to compete inside the guidelines.”