[Ed. – How do the real women who competed feel about her win?]
Rachel McKinnon representing Canada won the world title in the master 35-39 women’s sprint at the 2018 UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships in Los Angeles on Sunday. McKinnon was born a biological male and now identifies as a transgender female. McKinnon celebrated the victory on Twitter writing, “First transgender woman world champion…ever.”
McKinnon is a professor and PhD in philosophy focusing on gender studies at College of Charleston in South Carolina. McKinnon beat Carolien Van Herrikhuyzen of the Netherlands and American Jennifer Wagner to win the gold medal.
Before the final, McKinnon set a world record in the quarterfinals riding 11.92 sec over 200 m. Her record didn’t stand for long as it was beaten by 0.031 s 10 minutes later. McKinnon is a dedicated athlete saying she trains 15 to 20 hours a week often training twice a day.