Transgender women banned from British Cycling events as changes made

Transgender women will be banned from competing in British Cycling events under a new set of rules, which are poised to come into effect before the end of this year and will see the men’s category become open to participants of all genders. The new policy change will end transgender cyclist Emily Bridges’ hopes of competing in female events 14 months after she was barred from taking part in her first women’s race in Derby.

The female category will only be open to riders whose sex was assigned female at birth, although transgender men who are yet to begin hormone therapy will also be allowed to compete. The rules will only apply to events sanctioned by British Cycling, with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) yet to announce a new position on transgender participation at a worldwide level.

When asked if the new policy could be interpreted as discriminatory, British Cycling chief Jon Dutton told Sky News: “We have taken a view that this is absolutely about being inclusive for all. We’ve created a new open category that anyone has the ability to ride in and also a non-competitive policy that is absolutely inclusive and accessible.

“We will not tolerate any form of discrimination in moving forward with this policy and it’s really important that we support, we empathise, we are compassionate to the riders that are affected by this policy change.”


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