Drops will head to the Prudential RideLondon Classique on the 29th of July in full support of young leader Alice Barnes.
The team will send a young, but determined all-British team in support of 22-year-old Barnes, who currently sits second in the UCI Women’s Youth ranking and will look to improve upon her impressive 10th place in last year’s Classique.
Ahead of round 14 of the Women’s World Tour Alice commented "I'm really looking forward to racing in London again. The crowds are always amazing and I'm hoping to improved on my results from last year. It's going to fast and exciting."
The Prudential RideLondon Classique has UCI Women’s World Tour status this year and is the richest race on the Women’s calendar with the winner taking home €25,000. Supporting Barnes in her aims will be Abby-Mae Parkinson, who impressed with a top ten at the five stage Tour of California in May, Lucy Shaw fresh from a third place in the British Circuit Race Championships, Lizzie Holden, Annasley Park and Abi Van Twisk. Barnes, Shaw and Van Twisk were all recently selected for Great Britain’s Under 23 team to race at the European Championships in Denmark later this year.
Lizzie Holden, who is a Ride London Classique debutant this year, is looking to take her good form from BeNe Ladies Tour into the race “I’m really looking forward to racing in London, the crowds that line the course are always incredible. I’ve had some good preparation for the fast style of racing with BeNe Ladies Tour with GB and then the National Circuit Championships last week.”
This weekend’s DS, Tom Varney commented “We will have a young team on the start line this weekend in London, when I look at the team selected I see real potential there, a real desire and enthusiasm. They’re a team who are really prepared to support one another and will strive to take their chances, no matter how big or small.”
Racing starts at 17:00 on the 29th in St. James’ Park and takes place across a 5.5km circuit taking in some of London’s famous sights including Big Ben and Trafalgar Square. There will also be an opportunity to meet the Drops Cycling Team at the Contintental Stand in the Excel Exhibition Centre on Friday the 28th at 14:00.