Trans athlete Emily Bridges speaks out about abuse after being denied racing chance: 'I've been relentlessly harassed and demonised'

The 21-year-old has questioned the decision to prevent her from racing this weekend

Transgender cyclist Emily Bridges
(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Trans woman cyclist Emily Bridges has released a statement condemning public reaction to her plan to compete in female racing.

Bridges was due to partake in this Sunday's National Omnium Championships in Derby in her first competitive race since her transition, but on Wednesday British Cycling announced that "under their [the UCI's] guidelines Emily is not eligible to participate in this event."

The reason given was that the sport's governing body have said that Bridges is still registered as a male rider, and cannot complete in female categories until her male UCI ID expires. Bridges, who was on British Cycling's Senior Academy program in 2019, came out publicly as a transgender woman in October 2020.

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