Transgender cyclist is leading transatlantic 2500km race by 300km, sparking debate on fairness in women’s sports

In a remarkable display, a transgender cyclist has taken a commanding lead in the female category of the prestigious Transatlantic Way bike race. This annual 2,500km cycling event, which winds its way around Ireland via the stunning Atlantic way, tests the limits of participants over a grueling 6 to 9 days.

Cara Dixon, hailing from Britain, has surged ahead by an impressive 300km, leaving her closest competitor, Hillary Allen, trailing in her wake. With approximately half of the race remaining, Dixon’s performance has captivated both admirers and skeptics.

Notably, Dixon’s recent victory in the women’s class at the challenging 200km Dirty Reiver gravel race in the UK has stirred controversy. Surpassing the second-place finisher by over an hour, Dixon’s prowess on the bike has drawn attention from various quarters, including a UFC featherweight, Lando Vannata.

Taking to Twitter, Vannata expressed his disapproval of allowing biological men to compete against women, stating, “Anyone who agrees with biological men competing against women has either never played a sport or is really stupid.” This sentiment echoes the ongoing debate surrounding transgender participation in women’s sports.

Highlighting the concerns raised, women’s cyclist Hannah Arensman decided to leave cyclocross after losing a podium place to a transgender rider.

The event was further marred by protests from an ‘Antifa’ gun club group. Arensman, who aspired to compete in the Olympics, described the experience as “sickening” and emphasized the significance of protected categories for female athletes.

She lamented the lack of support from those responsible for safeguarding the integrity of the sport, stating, “The very people who should be protecting our sport are not doing so.”

The issue of fairness in women’s sports has also gained attention at the international level. World Athletics, the governing body for track and field, recently implemented new regulations. Transgender women who experienced male puberty are no longer eligible to compete in women’s events at international competitions.

Additionally, athletes with differences of sexual development (DSD) must maintain testosterone levels below 2.5 nanomoles per liter (nmol/L) for at least 24 months before participating in an international competition.

These measures aim to prioritize fairness and preserve the integrity of female competition. While the topic continues to elicit diverse opinions, it underscores the ongoing need to strike a balance between inclusivity and upholding the principles of fair play in the realm of women’s sports.

Cara Dixon, who formerly competed as Cameron Dixon, has ridden 2,199 kilometers in the 2,500km TransAtlanticWay event.

That puts Dixon an astounding 359 km (about 223 miles) ahead of the next closest competitor. For some perspective, second through fifth place in the women’s category is separated by only 48km.

As the Transatlantic Way race unfolds, Cara Dixon’s remarkable performance serves as a catalyst for further dialogue and introspection within the sporting community. The intersection of transgender participation and the preservation of women’s sports remains an ongoing challenge, one that requires careful consideration of the rights and aspirations of all athletes involved.