In the British National Omnium Championships this weekend, transgender cyclist Emily Bridges will not be able to compete.
Last year, she started hormone therapy to lower her testosterone level. Because of this, she is still registered as a male.
This means she will be unable to compete in the women’s category until her male UCI ID expires. However, her mother has denied any suggestion that she has been given special treatment.
In March, Bridges revealed she is trans. She was born female but is still a woman. In the spring of 2017, she won a points race in the British Universities’ Championships.
In her first year of competitive cycling, she competed against men and won a medal. This year, British Cycling’s policy requires trans athletes to maintain a testosterone level for 12 months.
The decision sparked widespread debate and British Cycling’s decision to allow Bridges to race led to calls for more clarity regarding the status of trans athletes.
This year, Bridges made her transition from male to female and was accepted into the Great Britain Academy Programme.
In February, she won the women’s omnium championships and the final men’s race. Despite the controversy, British Cycling has decided to let Emily compete in the women’s omnium championships.
But this decision has caused considerable controversy and the British cycling organization is calling for clarity across all sports.
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