Emily Bridges’ mother reportedly says a ‘police operation plan’ was put in place during the athlete’s first competitive run as a woman
Transgender cyclist Emily Bridges is set to compete against star athletes including five-time Olympic champion Laura Kenny when she makes her competitive debut as a woman in the UK on Saturday – and her mother reportedly claimed a police operation had been establishment. so the British Cycling Academy rider can compete.
The 21-year-old started hormone therapy last year as part of the treatment for gender dysphoria and now meets the sport’s national governing body testosterone level requirements.
Trans athletes must have testosterone levels below five nanomoles per liter for one year to compete against other women. The UK’s National Health Service says men typically have between 10 and 30 nanomoles per litre, while figures for women vary between 0.7 and 2.8.
Bridges is tentatively on the starting list for the National Omnium Championships in the Midlands town of Derby, where she is set to face Britain’s most successful Olympic cyclist of all time in Kenny.
If Emily Bridges beats four-time Olympic gold medalist Laura Kenny this weekend, it will be a scandal. I feel a huge injustice coming.
— Sophie Corcoran (@sophielouisecc) March 30, 2022
The prospect set a junior men’s national record over 25 miles before joining the academy in 2019 and coming out as transgender in October 2020, telling Cycling Weekly this month that she “couldn’t be my real self” As a man.
News of her involvement in the race, which will include members of Team GB’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics squad, has inevitably sparked controversy, after American athlete Lia Thomas became the first openly trans swimmer to win the national college championship. in his country.
Bridges finished 43rd out of 45 runners in the elite men’s criterium at the Loughborough Cycling Festival in May 2021, and 12km from the winner of the Welsh National Championship road race in September.
The average cis woman in endurance cycling is 10% slower than the average cis man. Trans cyclist Emily Bridges – whom right-wing media have dubbed “the next Lia Thomas” – took part in a study showing her potency dropped 13-16% within a year of testosterone suppression. pic.twitter.com/TwEF8iRbZr
— Ari Drennen (@AriDrennen) March 29, 2022
She was part of the University of Nottingham men’s bronze medal winning team in the team pursuit at the British Universities Championships in Glasgow last month.
The University of Nottingham Sport Twitter account later deleted a post celebrating the result, according to The Telegraph and screenshots shared on Twitter.
“Of course the sport should be for everyone and Emily has raced in the men’s team for years,” 1980 Olympic swimming silver medalist Sharron Davies, who regularly campaigns against trans involvement in women’s sport, told the outlet.
Bridges has the luxury afforded to very few people to decide which position he wishes to finish in. The first might be too obvious and doomed to fail in the long run, so a nice 4th or 5th, to distract is what I would advise him if he asked me (which he won’t not).
— Colin Wynter QC (@QcWynter) March 29, 2022
Agree 100%. We saw it with Lia Thomas. The men’s deliberate underperformance in the women’s category to make everything seem plausible and fair is the elephant in the room.
— Mara Yamauchi (@mara_yamauchi) March 29, 2022
“She competed with the men’s team with great success last year while reducing testosterone, so it shows that an open and fully inclusive category can work very well without ruining the rights of female athletes to their own category of fair sport.
“It’s wrong and people need to start speaking out against it or lose the sport for future generations of young girls.”
Mara Yamauchi, sixth in the 2008 Olympic marathon, agreed and would have liked the public to boycott Bridges’ sponsors and British Cycling’s commercial sponsors.
She also warned that taxpayers’ money should not fund national governing bodies that allow trans participation in women’s sport.
“We have categories in the sport to ensure fair competition and these categories are by gender, age, type of disability and weight,” she says.
“If we didn’t have these categories, the only people who would be successful in the sport would be the heaviest adult males.”
It’s not “hate”, it’s not “personal”, it’s not “unpleasant”. It is simply a fact that Emily Bridges is a man and competes against female athletes. https://t.co/LeGHCP87Do
— Maya Forstater (@MForstater) March 29, 2022
No idea but 6 foot 2 Emily Bridges who competed on the men’s team with great success and who is male will be racing Laura Kenny and all very soon with the same extremely poor trans inclusion policy that allowed Lia Thomas to compete at NCAA last week 😡 Sex not gender 4 sport
— Sharron Davies MBE (@sharrond62) March 25, 2022
Davies also claimed that “some girls” telephoned him in a “very distressed” because they felt that inclusion did not go hand in hand with equity.
British Cycling said it would continue to follow guidelines from world governing body the UCI based on testosterone levels.
“After starting hormone therapy, I wanted nothing more than to race in the men’s category.” Bridges said.
“It sucks to race as a man when you’re not. It quickly became apparent that it wasn’t the right category for me.”
Writing on a private Twitter account, Bridges’ mother Sandy allegedly suggested her daughter might get police protection at the Championships at Derby Arena and added a hashtag of “sure to be me 2022”.
“It’s the reality of being trans today”, she wrote, according to road.cc. “That my daughter has to be part of a police operation plan to take part in a bike race in the UK. How can it be [safe]?”
The Telegraph said a spokesperson for Kenny did not respond to requests for comment.