Trans cyclist Emily Bridges has been banned from competing in the women’s National Omnium Championships this weekend after a ruling by cycling’s world governing body.
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The 21-year-old was set to compete in her first female event after undergoing hormone therapy that lowered her testosterone levels and made her eligible to race under the new British Cycling guidelines.
She was due to race against some of the sport’s biggest names, including five-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny, at Saturday’s event in Derby.
British Cycling said in a statement on Wednesday:”We have now been informed by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) that under their current guidelines Emily is not eligible to participate in this event.”