Top women cyclists who have helped Great Britain to historic triumphs face losing their team places after a trans woman announced she would now compete in female events.
Emily Bridges has continued to race against men for the past year while undergoing hormone therapy, and her successes include a gold medal at the recent University Championships in Nottingham.
However, her testosterone levels are now low enough to meet the criteria set out by British Cycling, the sport’s governing body, for her to compete against women.
Before coming out as trans, Ms Bridges set the Junior Men’s national record for 25 miles in 2018 with a time of just over 47 minutes – two minutes faster than the current national record for adult women.
The 21-year-old recently spoke candidly about her transition and revealed it was ‘always the plan’ to compete in women’s events.
‘After starting hormone therapy I didn’t want to race in the male category any more than I had to,’ she told Cycling Weekly magazine.