The Vermont Mountain Bike Association (VMBA), stands firmly in support of transgender athletes. We believe in promoting inclusivity, equality, and fair competition within our beloved sport. Therefore, we express our strong opposition to the recent ban imposed by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and USA Cycling on transgender women from competing in women’s cycling events.
At VMBA, we recognize and celebrate the diverse identities and experiences that contribute to the vibrant community of mountain biking. We firmly believe that every individual, regardless of their gender identity, should have the opportunity to participate and excel in the sport they love.
Transgender women are women, and they should be allowed to compete in cycling without unnecessary restrictions. Banning transgender women from participating based on their gender identity undermines the principles of fairness, equality, and respect that are essential to the spirit of mountain biking.
We reject the notion that transgender women cyclists have an inherent advantage over their cisgender counterparts. Scientific studies have consistently shown that hormone therapy reduces the physical advantages that testosterone provides. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has established guidelines that allow transgender women to compete after meeting specific hormone-related criteria, ensuring a level playing field.
By embracing inclusivity and rejecting discriminatory practices, we strengthen our community and foster an environment where everyone feels welcome. Transgender women deserve the same opportunities to challenge themselves, showcase their skills, and experience the camaraderie that comes with participating in competitive cycling events.
VMBA remains committed to supporting transgender mountain bikers and athletes. We urge the UCI and USA Cycling to reconsider their ban and align their policies with the principles of equality and inclusivity and with science. We encourage other cycling associations, organizations, and individuals to join us in supporting transgender women and working towards a more inclusive and diverse cycling community.
Together, we can create a future where everyone, regardless of their gender identity, can pursue their passion for cycling and mountain biking without fear of discrimination or exclusion.
Nick Bennette, VMBA Executive Director
Abby Crisostomo, VMBA Board Member
The VMBA Board of Directors