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Backing found for leading women’s race after long-term sponsor pulls out in protest of British Cycling’s “unacceptable” suspension of transgender policy

Backing found for leading women’s race after long-term sponsor pulls out in protest of British Cycling’s “unacceptable” suspension of transgender policy

CiCLE Women’s Classic (VeloUK) The organisers of the women’s CiCLE Classic and the junior men’s CiCLE Classic have confirmed that the races will go ahead…

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CiCLE Women’s Classic (VeloUK) The organisers of the women’s CiCLE Classic and the junior men’s CiCLE Classic have confirmed that the races will go ahead as planned in June after new sponsors were found following an online appeal.

The races, which form part of British Cycling’s National Road Series and the Junior National Road Series respectively, appeared to be on the brink of cancellation yesterday after long-term sponsor Pete Stanton announced that he was withdrawing his backing in protest against British Cycling’s recent suspension of its trans athlete policy.

Stanton, who had funded the women’s race since its inception in 2016 and was one of the driver forces behind its creation, told Velo UK (link is external) that he has many friends within the transgender community and that “I feel that I would be letting them down if I did not make a stand to show my support for their rights”.

Stanton’s withdrawal left the organisers scrambling to plug a £15,000 funding gap to secure the future of the Melton Mowbray-based races, which have quickly become one of the highlights of the British racing calendar thanks to their use of gravel sections and farm tracks, as well as an illustrious list of winners, including Katie Archibald, last year’s victor Abi Smith, and the 2014 junior men’s winner James Shaw.

> British Cycling suspends transgender policy pending review of current system as fallout from Emily Bridges case continues (link is external)

Last week British Cycling suspended its transgender and […]

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