'The media have used a result blindly to fuel their agenda': Riders speak out after Emily Bridges wins gender-neutral category race

The Daily Mail and Daily Express reported on the result of the event, which was advertised in advance as being open to trans men and women, and had seven finishers

Transgender cyclist Emily Bridges
(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Riders have spoken out about the "hateful agenda" of mainstream media after trans cyclist Emily Bridges won a fixed gear crit race which was run - as advertised - outside of traditional gender categories. 

The Daily Mail and Daily Express, among other titles, published articles after the 'Thundercrit' race hosted by 'NLTCBMBC' (North London ThunderCat Black Metal Bicycle Club).

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.