Fresh from a win at the Rapha Nocturne London, Drops Cycling’s Lucy Shaw has paid tribute to the influence of the Revolution Series in her career.
The 19-year-old cut her teeth on the boards of the nation’s velodromes as part of the Future Stars competition, before going on to ride on the road with her current team Drops.
And while she did not add her name to the illustrious Future Stars roll of honour, the competition has still proved a profitable proving ground.
During Women’s Sport Week Shaw has spoken of the difference the Revolution Series has made to the development of cycling, and in particular women’s cycling, in Great Britain.
“I used to love the Future Stars programme because it was such a great opportunity for me to get used to racing in front of such a big crowd,” she said.
“There is nothing like the crowd you get at Revolution, it’s so good for an event that isn’t a World Championships or a World Cup.
“They are crazy – the Revolutions were the highlight of my under-16 career.”
And with winners of the girls Future Stars including current track stars Emily Kay and Eleanor Dickinson, as well as UCI WorldTour road rider Grace Garner, Shaw said it is easy to see why the calibre of competition produces such well-rounded riders.
“It’s massive for women’s cycling. It provides great coverage and really highlights women’s cycling, and shows how aggressive it can be,” she added.
“It puts us on the map and there still aren’t that many events where we get that level of live coverage, so it’s really good for us to be able to showcase how great we are.”