Transgender cyclist Emily Bridges competes against top female riders this weekend

Transgender cyclist Emily Bridges will compete against leading female riders including five-time Olympic gold medalist Laura Kenny at this weekend’s National Omnium Championships in Derby, England.

Year-old Bridges, who just last month won the men’s points race at the British University Championships in Glasgow, started hormone therapy last year and is now eligible to compete in women’s events.

British Cycling regulations, updated in January this year, require riders to have had pre-competition testosterone levels below five nanomoles per liter for a 12-month period.

Bridges previously set a junior national record over 25 miles and was selected to join British Cycling’s Senior Academy in 2019.

British Cycling said the update to its policy on transgender athletes was issued after “extensive consultation”.

A spokesman for British Cycling said: “We believe the updated guideline reflects the current evidence available to us, but recognize that more research is needed in this area.

“That is why we are committed to reviewing our policy on an annual basis or more frequently as circumstances develop and we would encourage people to send their thoughts or comments to us by emailing policies@britishcycling.org.uk split.”

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