Zach Bridges, a male champion cyclist, who has transformed into Emily, will not be allowed to race against female athletes in a win for women.
Female riders threatened to pull out of an event en masse unless male cyclist Emily Bridges was barred from racing against them, it is now being reported https://t.co/O3XB484dQu
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Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the world governing body for international competitive cycling, made the call that Bridges won’t be allowed to compete against real women. The decision was made after female cyclists threatened to boycott the race en masse.
Sharron Davies, an ex-Olympic swimmer for England stated that “it is transphobic to not want fair sports, but it is anti-female to not. ”
Davies believes UCI’s decision was made with the help of threats of boycott.
She said, “It wouldn’t have been fair to Laura Kenny and the other women cyclists Bridges to have to race someone who has the advantages of biological males.” She said, “No amount of testosterone reduction can stop that.” We are told to ignore biology and science and to keep quiet.
Zach/Emily Bridges began taking female hormone therapy around 2021. However, she has only recently been able to compete against men.
This win is great for women athletes all over the world. But, will it last?
British Cycling, which is the governing body for English cycling competitions, said that Bridges could race against women. UCI however noted Bridges’ registration for male status and must ban Bridges from this contest. Bridges may register again as a female after his registration expires. This win for real women may be temporary.
Davies could be the reason trans men are competing against real women. “But, yet, women are supposed to make it easier for men to get into their sport and give up their trophies. Their victories. It seems unfair. “