British Cycling banning transgender women in female events is 'long overdue'

British Cycling's decision to prevent transgender women from competing in female events is "long overdue", according to children's campaigner Molly Kingsley.

The governing body will prevent riders who were born male from racing in elite female events under a new transgender and non-binary participation policy published last week.

Their new rules for competitive events, due to be implemented later this year, will see racing split into “open” and “female” categories, with transgender women, transgender men, non-binary individuals and those whose sex was assigned male at birth eligible to compete in the open category.

Speaking to TalkTV's Mike Graham, Molly questioned why it took so long for this legislation to pass.

She said: "It's a situation that shouldn't have been allowed to happen. It's so demoralising for women and young girls - preserving their sense of pride and their ability to compete against other athletes who are their equal is really important."

British Cycling suspended its previous policy last April amid controversy after transgender woman Emily Bridges sought to race at the national omnium championships as a female rider.

Ms Bridges has condemned the body's updated policy on transgender women, labelling it a "violent act" and calling British Cycling a “failed organisation”.

In a lengthy statement posted on social media, Bridges said: "British Cycling is a failed organisation, the racing scene is dying under your watch and all you do is take money from petrochemical companies and engage in culture wars.

"You don’t care about making sport more diverse, you want to make yourself look better and you’re even failing at that. Cycling is still one of the whitest, straightest sports out there, and you couldn’t care less."

But Molly said the decision to ban transgender women is "long overdue."

"What have these governing bodies been doing in the last few years to let it get this far?"

Molly likened the debate about transgender women being able to compete in female sporting events to "gender ideology" being pushed in schools in the UK.

"It's the same in schools, with this gradual creep of very pernicious gender ideology. It's being pushed by a very small minority, but it's the majority who are too scared to stand up against it, so instead we have a subservience to political correctness - and the cost of that is safeguarding."

She added: "In society we've got to brave enough to say there are biological realities. We'll look back in a few years and realise we've lost our way in society."