The team will line up down under for the second January in a row. The Santos Women’s Tour will see the team race for the first time under their new Trek-Drops guise.
With the addition of the Herald Sun Tour, the January block of racing in Australia has extended and progressively becomes a vital part of preparation for the spring European racing, with an ever increasing field including more professional team’s than ever. Returning riders Abi van Twisk and Annasley Park will be lining up alongside Trek-Drops’ new signings Eva Buurman, Kathrin Hammes, Molly Weaver and Tayler Wiles. Abi spoke about her excitement to head back to Australia for a second year.
“I am really excited to go back and race down under, I loved the style of racing out there last year and I’m looking forward to getting stuck in with an extra year of experience and working with a new team of riders. The addition of the Sun Tour to the women's calendar is great progress for the women’s peloton and I am very excited to see what we can do there. Racing in January is great preparation for the rest of the season, especially helping to be on good form for the early season classics in Europe, and the scorching weather will make training blocks between races much more bareable!”
The 2018 season kicks off on 11th January when Stage 1 of the Santos Women's Tour Down Under starts in Gumeracha. Two other stages take place before the traditional final stage criterium in Adelaide. The team will then head to Victoria to take on the Cadel Evans Criterium and Road Race and the new Women's Herald Sun Tour, which is a two day race. Racing down under will be a new experience for Trek-Drops’s new signing Molly Weaver, who spoke about what it will be like starting her season early.
“I'm really excited to be kicking off my season in Australia. Racing this early is something new for me, but I'm looking forward to pinning a number on and getting back in the peloton. After missing a lot of racing last year, this is really important for my preparation. It should also be a great block of higher intensity training to kick start the build up to the Spring Classics! I've never been to Australia before, so in addition to the racing it's a great opportunity to experience a new place. I'm looking forward to being in Australia with a new team, and getting the opportunity to race together so early in the year.”
Full Trek-Drops line up
Eva Buurman (NED)
Kathrin Hammes (GER)
Annasley Park (GBR)
Abi van Twisk (GBR)
Molly Weaver (GBR)
Tayler Wiles (USA)
Full Race Schedule
11th – 14th January – Santos Women’s Tour Down Under
25th January – Cadel Evans Toward Zero Melbourne Crit
27th January – Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, Deakin University Women’s Race
31st January – 1st February – Women’s Herald Sun Tour