Cy­cling jar­gon gets in the way of story about trans­gen­der ath­lete

The Denver Post - - OPINION - Ja­son Zolle, Re: Tom DeLorey,

“Jillian Bear­den, first fe­male trans­gen­der cy­clist to ride in a pro pelo­ton in the U.S., emerges as bea­con for other transath­letes,” Aug. 7 news story.

Your other­wise up­lift­ing story about cy­clist Jillian Bear­den was marred some­what by the use of un­ex­plained jar­gon. For ex­am­ple, what is a “pelo­ton” or a “cri­terium race”? Does a “lac­tate thresh­old” in­volve the pro­duc­tion of milk? How does one pro­duce “wattage” on a per­sonal ba­sis?

I am glad that you cov­ered the story. I just wish that I could un­der­stand it bet­ter. Send let­ters of 150 words or fewer to open­fo­rum@den­ver­post.com or 101 W. Col­fax Ave., Suite 800, Denver, CO, 80202. Please in­clude full name, city and phone num­ber. Con­tact in­for­ma­tion is for our pur­poses only; we will not share it with any­one else. You can reach us by tele­phone at 303-954-1331.

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