A transgender athlete finished first place at a female cycling race in New York City, causing outrage among critics.
Biological male Tiffany Thomas, 46, ended the Randall’s Island Crit cycling race atop the podium.
Thomas, who only took up cycling in 2018, has dominated female competitions in the years since.
Tiffany also managed to land a place on the top cycling team LA Sweat, where the oldest teammate is just 32 years old.
However, her victories have caused outrage among critics and fellow athletes over her unfair advantage against female competitors, The Daily Mail reported.
Thomas said on Instagram it “was a great day to play bikes with friends.”
“Last race with our 2022 LA Sweat team kit. I’m not going to lie, sometimes it made me feel like a superhero when I wore it,” Thomas continued in a separate post.
Thomas, whose day job is as a lab director, is described on her LA Sweat team profile as “a scientist by day, athlete by night.”
“You will never see anyone with a bigger smile than when she sees a beautiful electron microscopy picture of a red cell,” the biography says.
“She has never met a barbell, a bike, or a dog that she doesn’t like. She is so incredibly excited to race and represent the LA Sweat team this year!”
Despite Thomas lauding her win, many condemned the transgender athlete for unfairly winning the cycling race.
“Tiffany’s teammates are all between the ages of 24 and 32. Amazing that Tiffany can keep up with them at the age of 46 after only starting cycling at age 40!” one said.
“Tiffany Thomas has been on countless podiums, going from a total beginner to the elite level in just 5 years,” another said.
“I feel so bad for woman athletes in America that have trained their entire lives,’ said another critic,” another charged.
“We are destroying woman’s rights in America. They might as well just make every sport in this country co-ed. This is all so unfair. Every should live the way they want, but there are sacrifices,” one critic added.
Female athletes are becoming increasingly angered about male inclusion in women’s sports.
Two female Canadian powerlifters told National Review that the presiding body of their sport has totally ignored their concerns about a male competing against them in their division.
The sportswomen later vowed to take legal action against the Canadian Powerlifting Union soon.
The rise of transgender athletes in women’s cycling prompted former champion rider Hannah Arensman to quit the sport after missing first places to the trans cyclist.
“At my last race at the recent UCI Cyclocross National Championships in the elite women’s category, I came in fourth, flanked on either side by male riders awarded third and fifth,” she said in her retirement announcement.
“My sister and family sobbed as they watched a man finish in front of me, having witnessed several physical interactions with him throughout the race.”
Several states have sought to ban transgender women from competing in female sports, arguing that they have an unfair physical advantage, even after transitioning.
While trans advocates claim inclusion in female sports is fair, critics say the unfair physical advantage over biological females cannot be undone.