"I left the team that year to transition, and in 2022, I was in talks to rejoin the GB cycling team with an eye on the 2024 Olympic campaign.
“However, in May 2023, news came that British Cycling, the national governing body for the sport, was placing a ban on transgender women competing in the women’s category.
"I had foreseen it happening, but the confirmation was still devastating.
"Cycling competitively was my life for the past 12 years. But now, I’m divesting from the sport – I have to.”
Bridges added: I’ll still be fighting British Cycling’s decision in the courts and the streets. I’ll continue to march with my trans siblings and use the voice I have to challenge injustice in the world.”