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Emily Bridges’ mother hits out at ‘inexcusable’ damage to transgender cyclist’s wellbeing

Emily Bridges' mother hits out at 'inexcusable' damage to transgender cyclist's wellbeing

The mother of the transgender cyclist Emily Bridges, who has been blocked from racing against women, has accused cycling authorities of “inexcusable” damage to her…

Thursday, Apr 21

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The mother of the transgender cyclist Emily Bridges, who has been blocked from racing against women, has accused cycling authorities of “inexcusable” damage to her daughter’s wellbeing.

In a series of Twitter postings, Sandy Sullivan explained why she was supporting an open letter by the group Pride Out which urges British Cycling to revoke “the ban on trans and non-binary cyclists”.

British Cycling announced earlier this month that it was suspending a policy which allowed transgender women to compete in women’s races provided that their testosterone had remained below 5 nmol/L limit for at least 12 months.

Bridges complied with that rule and her entry was accepted for the National Omnium Championships until it was revealed less than two days before the race that cycling’s world governing body were insisting on further scrutiny by an ‘expert panel’.

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This will take up to six weeks, during which time British Cycling have been petitioned by numerous prominent former cyclists, including their own head of Olympic and Paralympic programmes, who wanted the current testosterone rule allowing transgender women scrapped.

Their subsequent announcement that transgender women cannot compete, pending a review, has led to a counter open letter organised by Pride Out, which has been signed by various cycling clubs and riders, including Philippa York. Riding as Robert Millar before her transition in 2003, York was Britain’s highest Tour de France finisher during the 20th century.Bridges, who is 21 and had also been selected in a provisional Great Britain women’s squad for this weekend’s Nations Cup, is […]

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