I also feel that hope is still there. That legacy of what has been achieved by this outstanding cycling couple quickly appears to allow the riders of the AA Drink team to continue as a unit in the coming season. Increasing numbers of men’s team are picking up on the potential of women’s cycling and making the informed choice to back the sport. Rumours are rife of new squads backed by men’s teams in the whispering circles in managers’ meetings. In this circumstance I hope ‘the no smoke without fire’ rule of thumb is true.
The sport will go on. It has its super teams, and it has its middle ground. It has people that care, and people that want to innovate to ensure a great and strong future. This case is currently under the microscope, but it will soon be under the carpet. It’s certainly highlighted to me the need for bringing in more help behind the scenes. Keeping the knowledge of soon-to-retire riders in the sport is very important. The mere thought of Ina Teutenberg in a managers’ meeting would raise the pulses and bring sweat to the brow of UCI Commissaires around the world. To get these people driving team cars, leading tactical debates, and commanding the respect of young and developing riders is going to be key by inspiring future stars with their firsthand knowledge. Putting business people behind teams into an office environment and providing real-life return and unique experiences to those that choose to be partners is a priority.
We are close to something great, but the final kilometres are very steep."
I always like Stef Wyman’s writing, and his thoughts on women’s cycling - but this is one of the best pieces of his I’ve ever read.
It’s another piece of commentary on the loss of AA Drink-Leontien.nl, looking at the wider issues, too. It combines passion with ideas and anger and a very clear look at the sport. Read it, it’s great