British Cycling Halts Transgender and Non-binary Participation Policy

British Cycling suspended its transgender and non-binary participation policy on Wednesday after Emily Bridges’ failed attempt to enter a women’s event at the British National Omnium Championships. 

Bridges, a transgender cyclist, was allowed to compete in women’s events after proving that her testosterone levels had been reduced to the required limits.

British Cycling’s current transgender regulations require riders to have had testosterone levels below five nanomoles per liter for 12 months before the competition.

However, the Union Cyclist Internationale, the sport’s world governing body, has not yet granted Bridges’ switch in the license.

Bridges had been due to compete in last weekend’s National Omnium Championships until the UCI denied her participation because she has not yet been recognized as eligible to race in international competitions.

“I am an athlete, and I just want to race competitively again, within the regulations set by British Cycling and UCI, after careful consideration of the research around transgender athletes. I hope that they will reconsider their decision in line with the regulations. No one should have to choose between being who they are and participating in the sport they love,” Bridges said.

British Cycling has confirmed it will perform a full review of the suspended policy in the coming weeks.

“While the current policy was created following an extensive external and internal consultation, the review will allow us time for further discussion with all stakeholders, including women and the transgender and non-binary communities, as we strive to provide all within our sport with the clarity and understanding they deserve,” British Cycling said.

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