Trans time triallists set to ride in 'open' category after new Cycling Time Trials policy announcement

Female transgender riders will no longer be able to ride in the female category, in a move similar to that of British Cycling

A time triallist races in a time trial on a wet dual carriageway in the UK
(Image credit: Future)

New transgender policy announced by Cycling Time Trials today will preclude trans riders from riding in the female category. Instead, in a move that follows British Cycling's recent policy announcement, they will ride in a new 'open' category alongside non-binary people and male riders.

"Following extensive internal work and insight from other sports governing bodies, CTT has made this decision as it is certain that transgender women can retain the physical advantages gained by a male when going through male puberty, and this does not support a level and fair playing field for competition," CTT said in a statement.

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