Words by Maria David
The London Bike was the setting for the unveiling of the 2017 Drops Cycling UCI-registered women’s team. With a squad of 15 riders from the UK and Europe, which includes 2016 National Under-23 Road Race Champion Alice Barnes and former National Junior Road Race Champion Abby-Mae Parkinson, Drops Cycling Team are rearing to get their 2017 campaign going.
Led by Bob and Tom Varney, Drops started as a small inexperienced team in 2016 and finished the year just outside the top 20 women’s teams in the world. The year did not pass without celebrations, as Alice Barnes took the National Junior Road Race Championships, and three riders [Alice Barnes, Laura Massey and Abby-Mae Parkinson] represented Team GB at the 2016 World Road Race Championships in Doha. The team are keen to build on their successful inaugural year and aim to finish 2017 as a top 10 women’s team.
Not only does the squad include strong young riders like Anna Christian, formerly of Wiggle High5, and cyclocross specialists Hannah Payton and Annie Simpson, Drops Cycling Team have some new overseas recruits: Former European Under-23 Champion Susanna Zorzi from Italy, and three-time Austrian time trial champion, Martina Ritter, as well as Belgium’s Ann-Sophie Duyck.
We spoke to two of the riders from Drops Cycling Team, Alice Barnes and Laura Massey, about their 2016 season and how they see 2017…