“Supporting the transition from youth to adult racing”
When the time comes to move on from youth racing, most cycling clubs are not set up to fully support and develop the needs of young female riders facing the challenges of adult racing, making the transition from a solo to a more team-based sport and in the early years being able to deal with both the demands of cycling and education at school and beyond. To fill this gap and provide an opportunity for Junior and Under 23 women riders who have experienced riding at the higher levels of the UK youth cycling scene, with the significant support of Admiral Insurance, Liv Giant, Giant Docklands, AWOL London and several new sponsors for 2018, we established in 2017 our team, “Admiral Liv AWOL”. We are now heading into our second season, and with expansion in team numbers, depth and age, we’re very excited about the team’s potential.
The team is managed by Directeur Sportif (DS), Patrick Hayes, and features riders who have established track records across various cycling disciplines during their youth careers. Those disciplines include road, track, cyclocross, mountain biking and time trialling, and the riders between them have had much success over the years. Our aim is to help them continue to achieve their potential and fulfil their dreams amongst a close-knit, supportive team framework.
2017 was a challenging first year, with racing at home and on the continent, in junior and adult races, and while we saw limited podium success, we still aim high and hope to have Admiral Liv AWOL as a recognised and respected women’s team name on the circuit over the next few years.
If you’d like to help us achieve this and support the team to podium positions, then please get in touch with our DS, Patrick Hayes. Contact details here. No support is too small!
If you’d like to come and support the team and its riders as a race near you, then contact us on twitter, @AdmiralLivAWOL
Featured photo by John Orbea