Tessa Johnson, 25, won first place in the Women’s SingleSpeed and Cat Half categories while Evelyn Williamson, 30, placed second in the SingleSpeed at the October 7 contest.
The transgender pair made headlines earlier this year for sweeping the competition at several women’s races amid fervent debate over the inclusion of transgender athletes in women’s sports.
In the Women’s SingleSpeed race, Johnson took the gold and Williamson took silver, leaving only one biological female on the podium, Allison Zmuda, placing third for bronze.
Johnson placed first in the Women’s Cat Half, winning $150 in prize money. Williamson placed fourth in that race, receiving a $75 prize.
Tessa Johnson (center), 25, and Evelyn Williamson (right), 30, place first and second respectively in the Women’s SingleSpeed contest of the Chicago CycloCross Cup
Johnson (center) placed first in the Women’s Cat Half, winning $150 in prize money
The CycloCross Cup took place at Jackson Park in Chicago, Illinois from October 7 to 8, and held over a dozen different competitions for men, women, and junior athletes.
On their website, the Chicago CrossCup said they welcome transgender athletes and that they follow USA Cycling’s Transgender Athlete Participation policies.
‘The CCC has always been first and foremost about fostering a positive & supportive community built around competitive cyclo-cross racing, and that means welcoming and challenging everyone who wants to contribute to the series and make it better.’
They noted, ‘Discrimination or harassment of any kind on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identification, national origin, sportsball team affiliation, or any other stupid idea someone comes up with to belittle others will not be tolerated.’
Williamson and Johnson won the Racing-Athletic Relay Cross in Chicago on August 27 – competing under the team name ‘TS-ESTRODOLLS’ in reference to the female hormone estrogen.
Johnson is pictured racing at the Chicago contest. The Chicago CrossCup said they welcome transgender athletes and that they follow USA Cycling’s Transgender Athlete Participation policies
Williamson is pictured cycling at the Chicago CycloCross Cup. She placed fourth in the Women’s Cat Half, receiving a $75 prize
Williamson appeared to compete in both men’s and women’s categories at the Sky Express Winter Criterium in March 2020, where she won first place racing against women but didn’t place in the men’s race comprised of 40 cyclists.
She has been racing in the women’s category since at least 2017, winning 18 titles.
Johnson has also picked up a number of victories in female races, after previously competing in men’s categories while riding for Clemson University, according to Reduxx.
Williamson has also made headlines for her romantic life after rumors began circulating that she was in a ‘throuple’ with fellow transgender cyclist Austin Killips and a third unidentified individual.
Killips had sparked widespread outrage after appearing to shove female Cyclocross champion Hannah Arensman in a competition in December 2022 – who went on to quit the sport entirely after feeling transgender athletes were ruining the sport.
After getting hit by Killips she said: ‘I fully expect that in cycling, as a full-body contact sport, you’re going to get hit at some point.
‘But when you have someone born a man run into you, over 6ft tall, it’s quite different. I tried to keep racing, not to let it get into my head at all. That one instance caught on video felt unnecessary, though.’
Arensman left the sport entirely this year after losing a podium place to the trans rider.
‘A guy, even if mediocre in the men’s field, is more than capable of breaking records and making podiums in women’s races,’ she added.
‘This is not fair sport, and the governing bodies, who should have made the rules at the beginning, need to realize it. The very people who should be protecting our sport are not doing so.’
Williamson and Johnson stand atop the podium in August after winning the Illinois state women’s championship
Williamson and Johnson (pictured riding together) have seen significant success competing in women’s categories
Williamson (left) reportedly had ‘throuple’ relationship with Killips (second from left), who sparked outrage after she appeared to shove female Cyclocross champion Hannah Arensman
Users on X, formerly known as Twitter, have criticized the pair had a biological advantage over their competition.
On user said, ‘What impressive men who can beat women with their testosterone.’
‘And different muscle, bone, and ligament composition, greater lung capacity…etc,’ said another.
‘How bad are these men that they have to compete against women?’ wrote another.
Nationwide, college and professional athletes are debating how to include transgender competitors in their sports.
Three captains of Roanoke College women’s swim team revealed to DailyMail.com their ‘demoralizing’ struggle to try and convince trans student not to compete on their squad.
The student competed in the men’s competition, took a year off to transition, and in September joined the women’s team.
The group is demanding that colleges nationwide provide a ‘blueprint’ for dealing with such scenarios and argued they were left to fend for themselves.
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