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Podcast: Transgender track cyclist and world champ Rachel McKinnon, Pan Am cyclocross championships preview

On the turbulent days following the masters track cycling world championships in Los Angeles. Ruby West, Michael van den Ham and Maghalie Rochette preview the Silver Goose

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Rachel McKinnon, the transgender athlete who won the women’s masters track cycling world title in the sprint competition for ages 35-44, looks back at the significance of her victory. McKinnon is from Victoria. She did her PhD in Kitchener, Ont., and post doc in Calgary. Currently, she’s an assistant professor in the department of philosophy at the College of Charleston in South Carolina.

From Nov. 3 to 4, the Pan Am cyclocross championships will run in Midland, Ont., a town roughly 150 km north of Toronto. Since 2014, that community has been the site of the Silver Goose. It’s grown in stature throughout the past four years hosing the provincial championships in 2016 and UCI C2-level competitions in 2017. Last year, Ruby West, the under-23 national champ, won the C2 races at the Goose. Also that year, national champ Michael van den Ham came third at the Pan Am champs. Maghalie “#CXFever” Rochette, the 2014 under-23 Pan Am champ, recently finished sixth at the World Cup CX event in Bern, Switzerland. All three Canadians preview the Pan Am champs/Silver Goose.

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