Transgender cyclist Emily Bridges has insisted it is wrong to believe she would have
any advantage over her rivals if she was permitted to compete in women’s races.
In March cycling’s world governing body the UCI blocked Bridges, 21, from competing
at the British national omnium championships at the 11th hour amid threats of a
boycott from other riders.
Had Bridges raced in Derby, she would faced Laura Kenny, sparking debate as to
whether a rider who had previously set a junior men’s record and won the men’s
points race at the British Universities’ championships a month before could have
beaten the five-time Olympic champion.
In her first interview since that event, Bridges told DIVA magazine it was wrong to
say that trans women in sport retain inherent advantages and claimed to be able to
“I understand how you’d come to this conclusion because a lot of people still view
trans women as men with male anatomies and physiologies,” she said.
“But hormone replacement therapy has such a massive effect. The aerobic
performance difference is gone after about four months.
“There are studies going on for trans women in sport. I’m doing one and the
performance drop-off that I’ve seen is massive. I don’t have any advantage over my
competitors and I’ve got data to back that up.”