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by Shane Stokes
November 16, 2017
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Team manager Bob Varney at the Women’s Tour of California. Photo by Jeff Kennel
Three years ago, printing business owners Bob and Tom Varney got hooked on women’s cycling after a successful season as sponsors of the British domestic team, Corley Cycles-Drops. Recognising the difference they can make for developing riders, the father and son duo set out “to create a happy and supportive environment where riders can develop and reach their true potential.”
Investing in their own venture, they founded the Drops Cycling team. Two seasons in, they are now the self-proclaimed “most professional women’s amateur team in the world.”
The British team finished 15th in UCI rankings in 2017, after seeing the standout striped kit on the podium at Setmana Ciclista Valencia , Women’s Tour and Tour de Feminin. A development team at the core, the team’s WorldTour appearances gave an opportunity for young riders like Alice Barnes and Anna Christian to be seen and notch top-10 placings in the WorldTour young rider competition.
Looking ahead, in 2018, the Drops Cycling team owners are hoping to step up their game by signing experienced riders like Tayler Wiles and Molly Weaver, while recently retired pro Loren Rowney will join the staff.
We caught up with the Varneys to talk about their passion project and lofty goals.
Click through to read the full interview on Ella CyclingTips.