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Transsexual cyclist is target of protest by fellow cyclist
Transsexual cyclist is target of protest by fellow cyclist
The offensive T-shirt read "100% Pure Woman Champ 2006," recieves three month suspension

by Devin Glaser - SGN Contributing Writer

The typically joyous podium ceremony for the Canadian mountain bike downhill championships was desecrated by transphobic taunts from the crowd after the runner-up donned a T-shirt mocking the Transsexual woman who earned first place.

Michelle Dumaresq was awarded the first place title after finishing the downhill race in three minutes and 37.85 seconds, a second ahead of Danika Schroeter. Schroeter took the loss poorly, and during the award ceremony, changed into a T-shirt that read "100% Pure Woman Champ 2006" in large, handwritten, block letters. The blatantly inappropriate T-shirt solicited crowd members to yell hurtful slurs during the ceremony.

When asked for comment, Dumaresq told the Seattle Gay News: "After five years of racing as a professional woman downhill racer, albeit with a Trans history, I thought those days were behind me. I am proud to be Canadian and to wear the national team jersey, but I don't feel that a person who disrespects the national championships should be allowed onto the national team. The decision by the Canadian Cycling Association today was the right one to make."

Shroeter was suspended from racing for three months, which will prevent her from competing in the world championships in New Zealand scheduled for late August. She will have until August 11th to appeal. An e-mail to Shroeter from the SGN went unreturned by press time.

"The Canadian Cycling Association thinks that Shroeter's action did not show sportsmanship, it showed disrespect toward Michelle Dumaresq," said Florence Bourg, a spokesperson for the Canadian Cycling Association. "It does not cast a shadow on mountain biking in particular, as it is a wider issue, a global issue in all sports. The issue of whether or not Transgendered athletes can compete was decided in 2004 by the International Olympic Committee and is upheld by the UCI and, therefore, the CCA."

This is not the first time Dumaresq, who underwent sexual reassignment surgery in 1996, has had to deal with Transgender-oppression. In her first race, after beating all her professional competition, female-born racers began to voice their frustrations about racing against someone they felt had a competitive edge. After her third spectacular finish, the Canadian Cycling Association, working under the Union Cycliste Internationale, suspended her license.

In 2002, the Union reconsidered and re-issued Dumaresq's license, granting her the ability to continue racing as a professional.

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