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by Shane Stokes
December 8, 2017
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Coinciding with the team stepping up a level and bringing established professionals such as Tayler Wiles on board, Trek has announced that it will become the title sponsor of the Drops Cycling Team. The squad will be known as Trek-Drops in 2018, and will feature ten riders.
“Our continued partnership with Trek is extremely exciting,” said Trek-Drops Team Manager Tom Varney in the announcement. “We’ve always had a good relationship with the brand, and this next step will allow the team to continue to increase in stature and performance in the field of professional women’s road racing.”
The squad will compete in UCI races through the world, starting with the Santos Women’s Tour in January. The riders are currently training in Cambrils, Spain. In addition to Wiles, who took the Tour of the Gila this season plus the mountains competitions in the Thuringen Rundfahrt and Tour de Feminin, the team has also signed Molly Weaver and Eva Buurman.
“We are overjoyed by the opportunity to support the Trek-Drops team in this next chapter,” said Emily Bremer, Trek’s Global Women’s Marketing Manager. “The women on this team are incredibly gifted and devoted athletes. They will be a team to watch out for this year.” Director of Sports Marketing Tim Vanderjeugd said that the organisation represents the highest aspiration of a pro cycling team. “They strive to be best in every facet. Whether it be in racing or representing the sport, the Trek-Drops team will rise to every challenge this next year presents.”
The American company has been involved with the team since its creation in 2015. The riders will use Miami Green Trek Émonda road bikes and Speed Concept time trial bikes in 2018, as well as Bontrager wheels, components, and XXX Road Shoes.
2018 Trek-Drops roster:
Eva Buurman (NED), Anna Christian (GBR), Lizzie Holden (GBR), Kathrin Hammes (GER) Manon Lloyd (GBR) Annasley Park (GBR) Abby-Mae Parkinson (GBR), Hannah Payton (GBR), Lucy Shaw (GBR), Annie Simpson (GBR), Abi van Twisk (GBR), Molly Weaver (GBR), Tayler Wiles (USA)