British Biking Reshapes Transgender & Non-Binary Participation Insurance policies, Creates New Class


After greater than a 12 months since they cancelled their earlier coverage adopted by a overview and consideration course of, British Biking is again with a serious reshaping of the insurance policies defining how transgender & non-binary athletes can take part in biking occasions held beneath the British Biking umbrella within the UK. Stated to have been developed by way of an in depth 9-month-long inside analysis of peer-reviewed medical analysis and biking group session, the brand new official coverage is now damaged down into two very separate approaches, whether or not IN or OUT of competitors.

British Biking replace Transgender and Non-Binary Participation insurance policies

First, is the “Coverage for Aggressive Exercise” which takes a extra hardline ‘assigned-at-birth’ method to who can compete within the “Feminine” classes at racing occasions, whereas on the similar time reshaping the earlier Male classes now as “Open” the place any male, feminine, trans, or non-binary athlete can select to compete in opposition to one another.

The second separate method is the brand new “Coverage for Non-Aggressive Exercise” that British Biking describes as constructing on a ‘long-term dedication to inclusion. There exterior of racing competitors, their Breeze women-only occasions can stay open to any ladies together with those that establish as ladies or as non-binary.

Implementation, Impacts & Response

British Biking signifies that their board has agreed with making the brand new insurance policies official in April, and can roll them out for implementation in coordination with occasion organizers in full, by the top of this 12 months 2023.

We’re curious how this new British coverage differs from the UCI’s official Transgender Athlete coverage – which has been depending on established testosterone ranges, however is seemingly additionally at present beneath overview in response to this story revealed by The Guardian earlier this month. And the way will the 2 impression one another, particularly with the all-important multi-disciplinary UCI World Championships being held in Scotland this summer season – the place many athletes can be racing beneath a British Biking license however at UCI occasions?

One factor we do know for certain is that this new coverage can be controversial. We’ve already seen since this was simply launched this morning, that many transgender & non-binary athletes are talking up at what they see as a devastating transfer by British Biking.

We additionally are had been a bit unclear about some obscure phrase alternative, or presumably a lacking factor, within the newly revealed coverage’s assertion of which transgender or non-binary athletes are approved to compete within the ‘Feminine’ class, and which might compete within the ‘Open’ class solely. We’ve reached out to British Biking for a clarification, however haven’t but acquired a response. We’ll replace once we hear again.

Replace: British Biking has clarified that the usage of the phrase ‘they’ of their unique assertion “refers to transgender males” after they start hormone remedy. See the amended textual content beneath.

Full assertion from British Biking on Transgender & Non-Binary athletes

Learn the total assertion from British Biking beneath:

Replace: Transgender and Non-Binary Participation insurance policies
In April 2022 we suspended our Transgender and Non-Binary Participation Coverage in order that we may conduct a full overview of the obtainable medical science and perform a focused session with our communities. 
We recognise the impression the suspension of our coverage has had on trans and non-binary folks, and we’re sorry for the uncertainty and upset that many have felt throughout this era. 

Our goal in creating our insurance policies has all the time been to advance and promote equality, range and inclusion, whereas on the similar time prioritising equity of competitors. This goal has not modified: it has been central to our overview and we stay dedicated to this very important work.

The nine-month coverage overview was led by an inside working group, made up of a broad vary of representatives from throughout British Biking, Scottish Biking and Welsh Biking. Throughout these 9 months, the working group undertook a focused session consisting of 14 focus teams and various one-to-one interviews (together with devoted classes for feminine Race Licence holders and trans and non-binary members). 

We additionally performed a full medical science overview, adopted by an evaluation of the sensible modifications and help wanted to make sure the coverage’s profitable implementation. The overview course of was independently audited to verify the energy of its governance and supported by exterior authorized recommendation.

The overview has led to 2 new insurance policies being created: Coverage for Aggressive Exercise, which pertains to all British Biking-sanctioned aggressive occasions, and Coverage for Non-Aggressive Exercise, which builds on the long-term dedication to inclusion set out in our equality, range and inclusion technique, Our Experience.

The British Biking Board endorsed the 2 new insurance policies in April. We’ll present additional info on our precise implementation date to our members and occasion organisers in the end, and anticipate to have applied each insurance policies in full by the top of 2023.

Coverage for Aggressive Exercise
The Coverage for Aggressive Exercise covers all British Biking-sanctioned aggressive occasions. It would see the implementation of an ‘Open’ class alongside a ‘Feminine’ class. Which means the present males’s class can be consolidated into the ‘Open’ class.

Transgender ladies, transgender males, non-binary people and people whose intercourse was assigned male at delivery can be eligible to compete within the ‘Open’ class. The ‘Feminine’ class will stay in place for these whose intercourse was assigned feminine at delivery and transgender males who’re but to start hormone remedy. At this stage they transgender males who’ve already begun hormone remedy* can be eligible to compete within the ‘Open’ class solely, and may be certain that they proceed to stick to the necessities of UK Anti-Doping. These whose intercourse was assigned feminine at delivery are additionally capable of compete within the ‘Open’ class in the event that they so want.

Present Race Licences held by transgender ladies will proceed to be legitimate till the purpose at which the brand new coverage comes into power, and we’re working carefully with these people to help their continued participation in occasions following the change in coverage.

Within the case of ‘Worldwide Occasions’ that are delivered within the UK on behalf of the UCI (such because the UCI Monitor Nations Cup), or occasions on the UCI calendar owned and delivered by unbiased organisers (equivalent to The Girls’s Tour), the UCI coverage on eligibility will take priority.

Coverage for Non-Aggressive Exercise
The Coverage for Non-Aggressive Exercise builds on our equality, range and inclusion technique, Our Experience, and re-asserts our dedication to inclusion for trans and non-binary riders throughout our non-competitive actions.

This consists of our Breeze programme, a women-only group programme, which can proceed to stay open and inclusive for transgender ladies and non-binary folks. 

Trans and non-binary folks also can proceed to take part in a broad vary of British Biking actions in keeping with their gender identities, together with: membership and coach-led actions, potential based mostly race programmes (equivalent to Go-Race occasions), group programmes, Expertise Improvement Centres and non-competitive occasions equivalent to sportives.

All through the implementation interval we can be commencing a programme of digital enhancements which can widen the gender choices obtainable to members and members throughout our platforms.

You’ll find a full checklist of FAQs right here.

British Biking CEO, Jon Dutton, mentioned:

Our new insurance policies are the product of a sturdy nine-month overview course of which we all know may have a really real-world impression for our group each now and sooner or later. We perceive that this can be notably troublesome for a lot of of our trans and non-binary riders, and our dedication to them as we speak is twofold.

First, we are going to proceed to evaluate our coverage yearly and extra often because the medical science develops, and can proceed to ask these impacted to be an integral a part of these conversations. Second, we may even proceed to make sure that our non-competitive actions present a constructive and welcoming atmosphere, the place everybody can really feel like they belong and are revered in our group, and take motion to eradicate discrimination from the game.”

I’m assured that we have now developed insurance policies that each safeguard the equity of cyclesport competitors, while guaranteeing all riders have alternatives to take part.” 

We now have all the time been very clear that this can be a problem far better than one sport. We stay dedicated to listening to our communities and dealing with our fellow sporting our bodies to observe modifications within the scientific and coverage panorama, to make sure that sport is inclusive for all. We now have been open and clear with the UCI on our choice and can work collaboratively with them to make sure a seamless implementation over the approaching months.

I’d lastly wish to thank everybody who has supported this course of over the previous 12 months to make sure that we reached our choice in the best method. This consists of the British Biking, Scottish Biking and Welsh Biking workers in our coverage working group, and those that participated in our session.

We stand steadfast behind our zero-tolerance method to harassment, bullying and discrimination, and won’t hesitate to take motion on any breaches of our Code of Conduct, together with our zero-tolerance method to all circumstances of discriminatory language or behaviour.

In case you are topic to or conscious of situations of such behaviour, we urge you to report them to us instantly at the place they are going to be dealt with in confidence by our devoted crew. 

Additional info on the 2 insurance policies and our overview course of might be present in a complete checklist of FAQs. We may even be offering additional info for occasion organisers, golf equipment, coaches and group programme volunteers within the coming weeks, by way of written updates and webinars, as we transfer into the implementation part.

*observe: This modification to the official assertion of British Biking has been made by us, in response to a clarification message offered to Bikerumor by Thomas Turner, Head of Communications for British Biking.