The transfer news in women’s cycling continues as Team SD Worx announce it has strengthened its ranks for the coming two seasons with Dutch riders Mischa Bredewold and Femke Markus joining the team. The riders previously rode for Parkhotel Valkenburg which has developed talents including Demi Vollering and Lorena Wiebes.
Sports manager Danny Stam has had close contact with sport director Raymond Rol of Parkhotel Valkenburg for years and said “Parkhotel Valkenburg offers young girls a sophisticated program where they can develop well. We have close contact with Rol about the steps these mostly young girls take. When they are ready to take a step up, Rol informs us. The past has shown that these riders can then take the next important step with us.
Raymond Rol confirms this positive development. “The fact that four of ‘our’ riders are already with Team SD Worx has created a good contact. The cooperation with Team SD Worx makes our team even more attractive to good juniors and promising riders. They realise that Parkhotel Valkenburg offers a good opportunity to become part of one of the world’s best teams in the UCI rankings. For many riders, it is a dream to one day race in the Team SD Worx colours. In addition to our training and balanced programme, this possible step through is an extra incentive for young talents to choose our team first”, Rol emphasises.
Stam also highlighted the talent of Mischa Bredewold. “In one or two years, we will have a new generation in the Netherlands that will set the tone. Mischa Bredewold can be part of that new generation. She has made good steps in recent years and I think she can continue that progression in our team.”