Transgender DH Mountain Biker Wins National Title, Talks About the Struggle

Transgender athlete Kate Weatherly won the 2018 New Zealand Mountain Bike Championships in the DH event.
photo: Barking Cat Photography

New Zealand downhill mountain bike champ Kate Weatherly was on TVNZ this weekend sharing her story about being a transgender athlete. Kate has gender dysphoria and at age 17, made the decision to transition from male to female. In February, she won the National women’s downhill title by nearly 13s, and faced significant criticism as a result.

In the piece, Kate says she found the hormone therapy she underwent — which included testosterone blockers — actually inhibited her strength on the bike. Amid all the controversy and criticism, Kate says one of the most ridiculous ideas is that she is “[…] doing this to win races […].”

Watch part of the interview to hear Kate’s story firsthand.

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