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Transgender athlete allowed to race in men’s ’cross nationals

USA Cycling will waive a piece of its rulebook to allow transgender athlete Molly Cameron to race in the men’s field at cyclocross nationals, scheduled for January 5-10 in Asheville, North Carolina.

Cameron, who has raced in men’s fields for years and has finished on the podium at nationals in the past, was barred last week from registering for the 40+ men’s masters race at nationals by rule 7B1C in the USA Cycling rulebook, which stipulates that an athlete must race with the sex listed on his or her driver’s license.

The USAC rule can conflict with a policy currently in place within the Olympic movement, which says athletes must compete with the sex they were assigned at birth barring realignment surgery and hormonal therapy.

USA Cycling is lifting its rule for Cameron this year and will engage in a more thorough policy discussion with members of the transgender community, including Cameron, at cyclocross nationals, according to a representative of the governing body.