Riley Gaines Calls for Transgender Cyclist to Be Suspended for Abusive Behavior

Riley Gaines Calls for Transgender Cyclist to Be Suspended for Abusive Behavior

Riley Gaines expressed her support for the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) in recommending a suspension for a transgender cyclist, Veronica Ivy. Ivy, who was assigned male at birth but transitioned after male puberty, criticized the UCI for barring transgender cyclists like her from competing in women’s events.

In a post on X (formerly Twitter), Riley Gaines mentioned that Veronica Ivy had engaged in “continual abusive and threatening behavior” and provided evidence to support her claim.

The former NCAA swimmer, who currently hosts the “Gaines for Girls” podcast on OutKick, shared details from the UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) in its recommendation to suspend Ivy.

The incident came to light on July 15, shortly after the UCI “published revised regulations regarding the participation of transgender women athletes in International Events.” On that day, Ivy posted an image on Instagram featuring a bike and graphic art with messages that included “f— the UCI” and “buckle up b——.

In response to the UCI’s new transgender athlete regulations, Ivy posted the following on Instagram:

I hope the UCI is ready for the smoke that’s coming on the heels of Bigoted [Xavier] Bigard’s (medical director of UCI) new trans ban. It’s time to race. Just try and stop me. This isn’t makeup motherf——, it’s WAR PAINT.”

Gaines also shared a screenshot of an old tweet from an account that belonged to Ivy (the account has since been disabled). The tweet expressed Ivy’s wish that those who opposed transgender women in female sports would “die in a grease fire.

In response to the UCI’s classification, Ivy expressed her dissatisfaction with being placed in the “Men’s/Open” category, which she felt was not genuinely “open” because it only included transgender women and cisgender men.

Ivy stated, “The UCI has said loud and clear that trans women are not real women and that we must be treated as other, and the cis women must be β€˜protected’ from us innocent trans women. Nonsense. It’s an indignity. It’s inhumane. It’s disgusting. I will not be deterred by this hateful targeted transphobic policy.

The UCI cited Ivy’s “abusive conduct” in her social media posts.

Gaines expressed support for the UCI’s decision to hold Ivy accountable with the following statement: “Good on @UCI_cycling for holding Ivy accountable.”

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Gaines has been an advocate for fairness in women’s sports, particularly in the context of her experience swimming alongside Lia Thomas, a transgender swimmer from Penn who was crowned an NCAA champion.

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