The struggles that those who identify as LGBTQ have faced in the past, as well as today, exists within the cycling community as well as our larger society. In our nod to this annual day of recognition and celebration, three cyclists who identify as LGBTQ share their stories and what this day means to them, in their own words. Chris Mosier, 38, is a duathlete and triathlete, and the first transgender man to make a men's U. National Team. He is also the founder of TransAthlete. I rehearsed the conversations I would have with my teammates hundreds of times before I had them face to face.
With a pink jersey and lean shaven legs pro cycling might not seem the most macho sport. But look again and it venerates suffering and elevates masculinity to religious levels. Some saw a prank but others spotted wider socio-cultural issues. I promised to return to it later and here we are….
For several years now we have granted several professional cyclists the space and anonymity to write about whatever they please. The deal is simple: we give them full anonymity and they give us unique insights into their lives, the pro peloton and whatever comes with it. The latest column written by our female secret pro garnered a mixed response from our readers as well as several pro riders. You can read the original column here , as well as our response to the feedback we received, here.