More than 90 per cent of the women’s professional cycling peloton are opposed to racing against transgender women, according to a survey by a leading riders’ union. The Cyclistes Professionnels Associes represents men’s and women’s riders and had canvassed the views of its female members earlier this year before making representations to the sport’s governing body, the UCI, which now intends to review its rules on trans competitors.
“The CPA women ran a survey a few months ago and over 92 per cent did not agree with trans athletes racing in the women’s peloton,” said Marion Clignet, the triple world champion who is part of a group which wrote to the UCI last week calling for its guidance to be rescinded. The UCI’s medical rules permit a transgender woman to race in the women’s category if she has reduced her testosterone to below 5 nmol/L for at least 12 months. These rules were followed by the Welsh transgender cyclist, Emily Bridges, but her entry for the national track championships was blocked by the UCI , pending the decision of an expert panel, before British Cycling also announced a review of its rules.
The letter, signed by British Cycling’s head of Olympic and Paralympic programmes Sara Symington, said British riders were ready to stage a boycott over the rules. Clignet said her group was “for the inclusion of transgender athletes in cycling without compromising equality in women’s cycling”. She said: “This does not mean the women don’t believe there should be inclusion […]