Trans cyclist who won women’s race asks why winner’s podium was EMPTY – as Megyn Kelly slams her
A transgender gravel cyclist who won a women’s race category was slammed by SiriusXM host Megyn Kelly after wondering why no one joined her on the podium in an Instagram post.
Lesley Mumford, a woman who transitioned in 2014, won the 2023 Desert Gravel Co2Ut (Colorado to Utah) race in her 40-49 age group and finished sixth overall on May 14.
Mumford, a former sheriff’s deputy, posted a photo of herself on Instagram standing alone on the podium with the caption: ‘I have no idea why so many people bailed before the podiums, but they did.’
The cyclist finished a full 17 seconds ahead of second place Lindsey Kriete and 33 seconds ahead of third place Michelle Van Sickle in the grueling challenge.
Neither have spoken out about their absence from the podium.
On her show, Kelly referred to Mumford as ‘a biological man’ who was ‘pretending to be a woman’ and who was Wesley Mumford until ‘two minutes ago,’ alleging that she transitioned in order to win races.
A transgender gravel cyclist who won a women’s race was slammed by SiriusXM host Megyn Kelly after wondering why no one joined her on the podium in an Instagram post
The winners in the 40-49 age group are pictured – with trans cyclist Lesley Mumford in first place
Mumford is pictured enjoying a cycling trip to Moab in Utah during April 2021
Kelly, the former Fox News and NBC host, has been critical of transgender participation in women’s sports previously, including ESPN honoring transgender swimmer Lia Thomas as part of its celebration of Women’s History Month.
She says her views on some aspects of transgender rights have hardened in recent months – particularly trans women in sports, and offering so-called ‘gender-affirming care’ to children who say they are trans.
Kelly declared women’s cycling ‘all but gone’ and ‘worse than women’s swimming’ because of transgender women winning event while speaking to speaking to Carrie Prejean Boller and Britt Mayer, the co-founders of The Battle Cry, a group against trans inclusion in sports .
Opponents of trans women taking part in sports say they have a biological advantage from going through male puberty that gives them bigger muscles and makes them stronger.
Supporters say hormone suppression therapies can level this playing field – but the science on how effective this is is still new, and has been criticized as too lenient to trans women.
Kelly and her guests joked about how no one showed up to the podium before asking her guests why ‘the biological women bailed.’
‘I think that what we’re seeing is that we’ve been polite for so long and we thought that being polite was going to somehow make this all go away but it’s getting worse,’ said Mayer.
‘But as it gets worse, I think that women are becoming stronger in their convictions and realizing what’s at stake and saying that if we don’t protest this now, this madness is going to be this tidal wave that destroys women’s sports.’
Kelly then noted that there was an option for a non-binary and transgender race for Mumford to compete in.
‘They don’t want to,’ retorted Boller when asked why Mumford didn’t do so.
‘They are narcissists, these are people that are very sick. They’re sick individuals and they get off by beating women.
She asked why Venus and Serena Williams and other famous athletes didn’t join the likes of Riley Gaines in protesting this.
‘We all know that men have an advantage over women so I love that women are getting the balls to say: ‘No more,’ Boller added.
The host showed a photo of Lesley Mumford, a woman who won the 2023 Desert Gravel Co2Ut (Colorado to Utah) race and posted a photo of herself standing alone on the podium with the caption: ‘I have no idea why so many people bailed before the podiums, but they did
She declared women’s cycling ‘all but gone’ and ‘worse than women’s swimming’ because of transgender women winning event while speaking to speaking to Carrie Prejean Boller (pictured right) and Britt Mayer (pictured center), the co-founders of The Battle Cry , a group against trans inclusion in sports
Kelly declared Mumford, 45, was ‘a biological man’ and ‘pretending to be a woman’ who was Wesley Mumford until ‘two minutes ago’ to transition in order to win races
All three women cited Inge Thomson, a former Olympic cyclist, who has written that the UCI is ‘effectively killing off women’s cycling’ by allowing transgender athletes to compete against biological females.
Mumford – a former 17-year law enforcement veteran and SWAT officer – announced her transition in April of 2017, according to CBS News.
She told the Park Record that she made the decision to transition in 2014. In 2018, Mumford was the first transgender person accepted to the FBI Academy in Virginia.
In March, Kelly attacked ESPN for honoring transgender swimmer Lia Thomas as part of its celebration of Women’s History Month.
‘Oh HELL NO!’ the former Fox News host tweeted in response to a video clip celebrating Thomas’ career and her transition.
ESPN honored the former University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas as part of a ‘Celebrating Women’s History Month’ segment on Sunday.
Thomas became the first transgender woman to win an Ivy League Championship and later an NCAA Championship in the 500-yard freestyle, but has stirred the debate over whether it is fair for trans women to compete in women’s sports.
Fox News host Megyn Kelly posted on Twitter to attack ESPN’s decision to honor transgender swimmer Lia Thomas during its Women’s History Month segment
Thomas became the first transgender woman to win an Ivy League Championship and later an NCAA Championship in the 500 free.
The segment brought up Thomas’ transition from male to female, her win at the NCAA Championships, and competing amid criticism from the swimming world.
Thomas has denied that she has an unfair competitive advantage due to her gender of birth.
‘People will say, “Oh, she just transitioned so she would have an advantage so she could win.” I transitioned to being happy,’ Thomas said in the ESPN clip.
‘Trans women are not a threat to women’s sports,’ Thomas told Good Morning America in a famous interview in May.
‘Trans people don’t transition for athletics. We transition to be happy and authentic and our true selves,’ she said.
Thomas was a men’s swimmer during the first three years of her college career at UPenn, during which she said she was unhappy and uncomfortable. She says she didn’t transition to get an edge.