Katie Archibald says governing bodies have 'let down' transgender athletes

The two-time Olympic track champion criticised the UCI for failing to act sooner in the debate surrounding transgender athletes

Katie Archibald
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Katie Archibald, a two-time Olympic track cycling champion, has criticised cycling's governing bodies over their dealing with the transgender athlete debate, stating it "became sadly personal for one rider" as she blamed the UCI for failing to act sooner in the case of Emily Bridges, a 21-year-old transgender cyclist.

While Archibald voiced her concerns over transgender athletes competing in women's sport, she claims the UCI let Bridges down by making her the centre of the transgender athlete debate. Bridges has faced intense public scrutiny since Cycling Weekly first published her story last month.

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Ryan is a staff writer for Cycling Weekly, having joined the team in September 2021. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before making his way to cycling. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer.