British Cycling has suspended its transgender policy pending a review A prominent women’s cycling race faces a fight for its future after its title sponsor withdrew funding in a row over transgender rights in sport.
The Women’s CiCLE Classic is set to take place in Derbyshire in June, but this week its main benefactor Peter Stanton withdrew his support in reaction to the British Cycling ’s decision to suspend its transgender policy.
The move by British Cycling has effectively banned transgender riders like Emily Bridges from competing in women’s races. bridges had taken medication to reducer her testosterone levels to cycling’s required limits and had been due to compete at the National Omnium Championships in Derby earlier this month, but the sport’s world governing body, the UCI , blocked her participation because it had not yet deemed her eligible to race in international competitions.
Non-transgender female athletes had been considering boycotting the event if Bridges had been allowed to compete, and British Cycling’s head of Olympic programmes Sara Symington co-signed a letter to the UCI earlier this week criticising its current policy on transgender inclusion, claiming current rules do not guarantee female athletes fair and meaningful competition.
British Cycling confirmed that its policy, which was only ratified in January, was now suspended pending a review.
Speaking to The British Continental , Stanton explained: “The transgender policy adopted by British Cycling had been the result of a full consultation process and was believed to have been working well until last week when it was suspended […]