Alba DRT signs multi-year contract with Handsling

Alba Development Road Team (Alba DRT) has signed a deal with Handsling to supply bikes. The announcement was made yesterday, St Andrew’s Day!

Alba DRT will be riding on the Handsling A1R0evo in 2024
Alba DRT will be riding on the Handsling A1R0evo in 2024

Alba DRT are Scotland’s only all-female UCI Continental level team for 2024. They will be competing across the UK and Europe, on Handsling’s A1R0evo carbon road frame. The frame is described as the “the ultimate road frame”. Manufactured from Toray T800 carbon the A1R0evo is stiff, robust, lightweight and aero. You can read a review of the A1R0evo on our sister site CycleTechReview.

Alba DRT Performance Director and Team Manager Bob Lyons said: “We are thrilled to complete the
deal with Handsling, which, like us, is a homegrown brand supporting homegrown riders. They have
a talented team of their own, and I am sure by bringing the two together we will both enjoy success.
The quality of their bikes cannot be underestimated, and they will certainly set us up nicely as we
look to gain the advantage over other teams in the upcoming season.”

Handsling A1R0evo frames ready to be built up for the Alba DRT team
Handsling A1R0evo frames ready to be built up for the Alba DRT team

Simon Whiten, Handsling director, said: “We’re delighted to be supplying Alba with the A1R0evo
carbon road frame. We’re impressed with the team’s long-term plans and its commitment to rider
development. Handsling has a proud history of supporting emerging talent across the disciplines and we can’t wait to see the next generation of cycling stars riding our frames.”

Team roster

As well as securing a new bike supplier, the Alba team has also announced a raft of changes ahead of the new season, with Sophie Lankford, Sophie Enever and Beth Maciver all moving on. Meanwhile Keira Bond has stepped up from her stagiaire role to join the team full-time. She has been joined by Beth Morrow, Abi Plowman, Emma Matthews and Millie Skinner. Alba DRT have also extended contracts for Arianne Holland, Eilidh Shaw, Amelia Tyler, Daisy Barnes, Evie White, Vicky Smith and Erin Murphy.

Bob said: “The new riders have all shown promise, and I am looking forward to seeing them in
action. A number of team members had their season disrupted by illness or injury at some point,
but everyone is fully fit and focused on the upcoming year.

Alba Development Road Team

“Last season was a success to the very end, with Eilidh Shaw being crowned Senior Women’s
Scottish National Road Race Champion and two riders placing in the top 20 of the National Road
Series. We’re looking to build on that in 2024, and I am looking forward to the team doing that on
top quality bikes.”

The Alba season gets underway with the CiCle Classic, which takes place on March 17.
For more information on Alba, follow the team on Twitter at @AlbaRoadTeam, Instagram on
albaroadteam and Facebook at AlbaDevelopmentRT

About Alba DRT

The Alba Development Road Team (DRT) is a Scottish-based women’s UCI Continental cycling team, with the prime objective of providing the platform, support, guidance, mentoring and race programme to fulfil potential and achieve individual objectives. The team is backed by the following organisations: Handsling, John Clark Motor Group, Impsport, OTE, Pedal Power, Fifth Ring, Ardoyne Performance Coaching, Anderson Anderson & Brown (AAB), Fred Whitton Challenge, Petrofac, Met Helmets, Parcours Wheels, Shimano, Vittoria, Madison, Cycle Aberdeenshire and McIntosh Plant Hire.

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