Liz Randall's Cycling Blog - a life behind bars

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Wednesday, 12 September 2007

Today I have been close to the pearly gates

Today, not 20 minutes ago I saw death and it was a little old lady with grey hair and glasses (natch) sitting, hands at 10 to 2 on the steering wheel of a pale blue car as she stopped right across my lane of the road while in the throes of cutting right in front of me. I'm not sure quite which of the 2 actions was the most dangerous..her cutting across me or her stopped, sprawled right in the middle of both lanes of the road.

Displaying an incredibly inventive array of foul mouthed swearing I slung out both anchors (50-0kph in record time) and brilliantly avoided her, the pedestrians, the kerb and anything else that was there. There was no crashing noise so I kept on going..not caring, quite frankly, if she was weeping or having a heart attack.

Memo to self..don't go training at 3pm..schoolkids, grannies and other ferals.

On a totally different topic this from

Questions raised in Dutch women's peloton

Women's cycling in the Netherlands has been turned on its head after the newspaper Eindhovens Dagblad revealed that a female cyclist was in fact born as a man 32 years ago. The rider debuted this year in the women's field and immediately the rumour mills began questioning her sexuality as a result of her performance and visual characteristics.

After a few podium places and a win in a regional race, a fellow cyclist questioned the rider on the topic, which lead to the paper running the story. The Dutch cyclist has refused to comment on the matter, but a spokesperson from her club spoke with the paper. "If there are people who have a problem with [the rider's] trans-sexuality then they should take it up with the cycle federation," the source said. "She received a valid licence from them."

The Dutch cycling federation, KNWU, doesn't see a problem with the situation. "[The rider] under went a medical examination and her passport states that she is a women," a KNWU spokesperson told the paper. "We understand that there are some people questioning this but everything is in order."

"We are still asking ourselves if it is a fair," confessed Sissy van Alebeek, a fellow competitor in the women's peloton. "Okay she received a licence, but it is all very unclear. [The rider] can ride very hard; a lot of riders are asking if she really is all women, if everything was taken off."

Discussions on a women's cycling website in Holland also began posing the same questions as that of Van Alebeek's, which prompted the webmaster to close the forum, stating that: "all the anonymous curses getting out of line."

In 2002 a Canadian transgender competitor was selected for the national mountainbike team to contest the World Championships that year, which lead to resistance from some team members.

I have raced against and beaten a couple of trans-genders and have no problem with them racing but wonder how long the benefits of mega amounts of testosterone remain.

I have an easily validated test to see if as quoted above " a lot of riders are asking if she really is all women, if everything was taken off" ............. can she or can't she find things? does she open the fridge door and with it staring her in the face, does she ask "where's the milk?"

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