Bridges was scheduled to participate in the event in Derby on Saturday alongside a star-studded field, including against five-time Olympic champion Dame Laura Kenny.
The 21-year-old had been allowed to enter under British Cycling’s transgender and non-binary participation policy.
But British Cycling now says it has been told by the Union Cycliste Internationale that Bridges is not eligible to compete.
“At British Cycling, we believe that transgender and non-binary people should be able to find a home, feel welcome and included, and be celebrated in our sport,” read a statement from the governing body.
“Under British Cycling’s transgender and non-binary participation policy, Emily Bridges was due to compete in the British Omnium National Championships on Saturday April 2.
“We have now been informed by the Union Cycliste Internationale that, under their current guidelines, Emily is not eligible to participate in this event.
“We have had close discussions with the OPC regarding Emily’s participation this weekend and have also worked closely with Emily and her family regarding her transition and her participation in elite competition. We recognize the UCI’s decision regarding Emily’s participation, but fully acknowledge her disappointment with today’s decision.
Bridges – winner of the men’s points race at the British Universities Championships in Glasgow in February – started hormone therapy last year.
British Cycling’s regulations, updated in January this year, require riders to have had testosterone levels below five nanomoles per liter for a 12-month period before competition.
The initial decision to allow Bridges to race caused major controversy with critics saying trans athletes could have an advantage over their fellow competitors, and British Cycling called for clarity across sport surrounding the issue.
“We believe that all participants in our sport deserve more clarity and understanding regarding participation in elite competition and we will continue to work with the UCI on both Emily’s case and the wider situation regarding this problem,” he added.
“We also understand that in elite sports the concept of fairness is essential. For this reason, British Cycling is today calling for a coalition to share, learn and better understand how we can achieve fairness in a way that upholds the dignity and respect of all athletes.
“We know some of these conversations are happening in pockets of the sports world, but we want to encourage all sports governing bodies, athletes, the transgender and non-binary athlete community, government and beyond to come together and to find a better answer. .”
Minister of Sports Nigel Huddleston earlier said sport should be an equal playing field for all, but admitted there is an “uncomfortable journey” ahead in efforts to provide inclusivity for transgender athletes.
Transgender cyclist Emily Bridges ruled ineligible to race in women’s event
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