Canadian Transgender Cyclist, 37, Defends Herself From Critics After Winning Her Third WorldTtitle and Second World Record

Oct 25 , 2019

Canadian Transgender Cyclist, 37, Defends Herself From Critics After Winning Her Third WorldTtitle and Second World Record

  • Rachel McKinnon, 37, won gold at the Masters Track World Championships  
  • She started her sports career after transitioning in 2012 
  • Has defended herself against critics who include top female sports people
  • They say that her greater muscle mass giver her an 'unfair advantage' 
  • Top cyclist Victoria Hood said:  'The science is clear, trans women have an advantage'
  • McKinnon said : 'We are either full and equal women, or not. We are' 

 A transgender cyclist who set a new world record and won her second world title on Saturday has defended herself after coming under fire from critics who say she shouldn't be allowed to compete. 

Rachel McKinnon, 37, won gold in the 35-39 age category sprint at the Masters Track World Championships in Manchester on Saturday.  

She started her sports career after transitioning in 2012 and has been criticised by pressure groups and top sportswomen. They say she has an 'unfair advantage' because her 6ft frame, inherited from when she was male, gives her more muscle mass.   

Among her critics are pressure groups Fair Play for Women and Save Women’s Sports, Martina Navratilova, an athlete who was beaten by McKinnon last year and a leading women's cyclist.  

Top British cyclist Victoria Hood also criticised McKinnon, saying that her transgender status gave her an unfair advantage against women who are born biologically female.  

She said: 'The science is there. The science is clear – it tells us that trans women have an advantage.'   

Rachel McKinnon, 37, is pictured left alongside her fellow female competitors. She won gold in the 35-39 age category sprint at the Masters Track World Championships in Manchester on Saturday.


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