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“Trans rights are human rights,” says Rapha – “all athletes should have the opportunity to race”

“Trans rights are human rights,” says Rapha – “all athletes should have the opportunity to race”

Emily Bridges on cover of DIVA magazine Rapha has said that “trans rights are human rights” in a reference to Emily Bridges, the transgender cyclist…

Tuesday, May 31

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Emily Bridges on cover of DIVA magazine Rapha has said that “trans rights are human rights” in a reference to Emily Bridges, the transgender cyclist who is pictured on the cover of this month’s issue of Diva (link is external) , the magazine for LGBTQI women and non-binary people, wearing kit from the London-based clothing and accessories brand.

> Transgender cyclist Emily Bridges insists she has no advantage over rivals

Bridges had been due to make her debut in a women’s race at the National Omnium Championships in February after her testosterone levels fell within those allowed by British Cycling under its Transgender and Non-Binary Participation Policy.

However, world cycling’s governing body, the UCI, subsequently barred the 21 year old from competing at the event and British Cycling has since suspended its policy.

In her interview with Diva, Bridges insisted that the hormone replacement therapy she has undergone means she does not have a physical advantage over riders she would be competing against in women’s races.

“I don’t have any advantage over my competitors and I’ve got data to back that up,” maintained the cyclist, who has been undergoing testing at Loughborough University.

In response to a tweet from road.cc linking to our coverage of Bridges’ interview, Rapha said: “Trans rights are human rights. We believe that all athletes should have the opportunity to race. We don’t have all the answers to how this should be actioned but we’re standing by our athletes and supporting them.” Transgender cyclist Emily Bridges insists she […]

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