Drafting behind LGB: Transgender athletes in the sport of cycling

Jack Hardwicke, Charlie Roberts, Eric Anderson , Rory Magrath

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Using data from an online survey of 211 heterosexual and 148 sexual and gender minority-identifying cyclists, this article examines the attitudes of both sexual and gender majorities towards sexual and gender minorities as well as the experiences of sexual and gender minorities in relation to each other, within the sport of cycling. The results show a culture of acceptance for LGB athletes with heightened antipathy towards transgender cyclists. However, this variance is not as large as might be expected given the media attention on transgender athletes in cycling, and sport more broadly. It therefore appears that the transgender social movement is drafting closely behind LGB inclusion within this sport.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)58-81
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Review for the Sociology of Sport
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2023

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