Hannah Ahrensman, a 35-time national cyclo-cross winner, said in a friendly memo filed with the Supreme Court last week that she was retiring from the sport after placing fourth between two transgender women.
Brief filed in support of the state of West Virginia and the Women's Sports Preservation Act. The law aims to prevent transgender student athletes at all levels of competition from playing against members of the same biological sex rather than the same sex they identify with. . The original injunction was reversed in January when a federal judge ruled the law did not violate Title IX protections, but the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the initial injunction was reinstated.
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Arensman was one of 67 athletes, coaches and family members who petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn the initial decision. Briefly, Arensman said he was retiring from the sport and mentioned a crash at the US National Cycling Championships in December.
“I was born into a family of athletes. Encouraged by my parents and siblings, I got involved in the sport from a young age and followed in my sister's footsteps as she rose through the ranks to become an elite cyclo-cross athlete,” he said in a post. compete head-to-head with male cyclists in women's races. Since this became a reality, it's gotten scarier to train so hard that I just lose and the androgenic body has an unfair advantage over me from within. It gives a clear picture of gains no matter how hard I train.
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“I have decided to end my cycling career. In my last race at the UCI Elite Women's National Cyclo-Cross Championship in December 2022, I placed 4th, 3rd, and 5th on both sides of the male racers. My sister and my family cried. when they saw me throw, I saw the guy finish, I had some physical interaction with him during the contest.
“Also, it is difficult for me to imagine the real possibility of being excluded from international selection for the US Cyclocross World Team in February 2023 because of a male athlete.
“After that, I felt like a little girl learning to race and growing up in a time where they didn't have the opportunity to become new record holders and champions in cycling because men wanted to compete in our category. So angry, disappointed, ignored and humiliated by this woman.
Austin Killips finished third in the race and Jenna Lingwood finished fifth. Both athletes are transgender women who compete against biological women in competition.
Arensman has finished in the top five in the last seven races. According to Cross Result, he has 35 career wins.