'We had way more interest than we ever thought' - Inside the UK's women’s racing boom

As more British women’s teams than ever race at UCI Continental level, Adam Becket spoke to three teams at different levels to find out what’s going right

Alba Development Road Team racing
(Image credit: SWPix)

This piece is part of Cycling Weekly's special International Women's Day issue, which you can buy in store for £3.25, or online for £4.50, including delivery.

For the first time ever, there are six British women’s teams racing at UCI Continental level, pointing to a boom in British cycling. Alba Development Road Team, DAS-Handsling, Doltcini O’Shea, Hess, Lifeplus Wahoo, and Pro-Noctis-200° Coffee-Hargreaves Contracting are all flying the Union Flag at the second-highest level, but there’s more to women’s racing than this.

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Adam Becket
News editor

Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.