A so called ‘inclusive’ cycling race that saw male-born trans athletes trounce Female competitors has been condemned by critics.
The cycling event on Friday finished with two transgender women in first and second places, with a young mother in third.
Gold in the ThunderCrit race at Herne Hill velodrome in South-East London went to Emily Bridges, a trans cyclist who was barred from a woman’s race in March and who had competed in men’s events only the month before.
The tournament’s best-performing biological woman, Jo Smith, of Thanet, Kent, won bronze and celebrated with her rivals by posing on the winners’ podium with her young daughter.
A photograph quickly spread on social media, sparking fury from female athletes and campaigners.
British Cycling, the governing body that has recently found itself embroiled in the controversy around trans competitors, said the event was independent and it had not been involved.
Sharron Davies, who won a swimming silver at the Moscow Olympics in 1980 and has spoken out before on trans athletes, said she was ‘very disappointed’ at news of the race.
Fiona McAnena, director of sport campaigns at Fair Play For Women, said: ‘It’s inevitable that if we’re going to allow people who have been through male puberty into the category that is supposed to be for females, those people are going to outperform.