Belgian Waffle Ride implements transgender athlete policy; is this foreshadowing what's to come in American cycling?

Taking effect on August 1, the new policy aims to protect "integrity and parity of sports between women and men”

The elite women’s podium at BWR Canada: Haley Smith, Austin Killips. Rebecca Fahringer,Katerina Nash, Flavia Oliveira Parks
(Image credit: Belgian Waffle Ride)

Organizers of the highly popular Belgian Waffle Ride series have announced a new participant policy to address transgender athletes. 

These changes come after the organizers received significant backlash when Austin Killips (Nice Bikes) won the June race in Asheville, North Carolina. Killips again podiumed at the BWR race in Canada. Killips is a 27-year-old transwoman and professional cyclist who's seen a lot of success this season, including netting the bronze medal at the USA Cycling National Cyclocross Championships and winning the overall classification at Tour of the Gila, a UCI 2.2 stage race in New Mexico. Each time, her success has been met with a lot of criticism. 

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Anne-Marije Rook
North American Editor

Cycling Weekly's North American Editor, Anne-Marije Rook is old school. She holds a degree in journalism and started out as a newspaper reporter — in print! She can even be seen bringing a pen and notepad to the press conference.

Originally from The Netherlands, she grew up a bike commuter and didn't find bike racing until her early twenties when living in Seattle, Washington. Strengthened by the many miles spent darting around Seattle's hilly streets on a steel single speed, Rook's progression in the sport was a quick one. As she competed at the elite level, her journalism career followed, and soon she became a full-time cycling journalist. She's now been a cycling journalist for 11 years.