Transgender downhill mountain biker faces scrutiny after gender switch outed prematurely
At just 17 she made a life-changing decision, to live as a woman. The middle-of-the-pack competitive mountain biker took testosterone blockers and estrogen as she transitioned from male to female.
Under Cycling New Zealand's supervision Kate planned to announce her gender switch to being a female competitor when she was ready. But last year someone from within the mountain biking community outed her as a woman prematurely, without Kate's consent.
"Being outed kinda meant that I didn't have that time where people were able to get used to the idea of me not being a dude."
Earlier this year when Kate won the national women's downhill title a firestorm erupted in the mountain biking community. Social media went ballistic.
"One of my favourites is the idea that I'm doing this to win races, which is ridiculous."
"middle-of-the-pack competitive mountain biker" is pretty vague, middle of which pack? local races? national championships?
anyhoo, going from "middle-of-the-pack" as a man to national champion as a woman doesn't sound fair on the other women cyclists