Katie Archibald, the double Olympic champion, says cyclist Emily Bridges has been badly “let down” by the sport’s governing bodies but that the inclusion of transgender athletes should not come at the expense of “fairness”.
Becoming the first Great Britain cyclist – and the highest-profile active athlete in the country – to speak out publicly on one of sport’s most contentious issues, Archibald said that the retained advantages of trans women who have gone through male puberty were “well documented”.
However, she still wants trans people to “feel welcome in our clubs, our training sessions, and our races”, calling on national and global sports bodies to "work with the wider scientific community when developing their policies". Specifically the 28-year-old urged the governing bodies of cycling and related endurance sports like triathlon and rowing “to work together and pool their resources for this work”.
The Scottish rider, like her team-mates, had until now declined to make any comment on the case of Bridges, who had been due to compete against some of Britain’s top female endurance riders in Derby earlier this month, only for British Cycling to suspend its 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.
But in a media call on Wednesday ahead of this weekend’s UCI Track Cycling Nations Cup event in Glasgow, Archibald said that had become an untenable position and chose to read from a prepared statement.
Archibald, who said she had tried […]