Last autumn, the Royal Spanish Cycling Federation (RFEC) wanted to raise the bar for women’s teams in the UCI Continental category, introducing rules that forced the professionalization of technicians and cyclists. High and sudden economic demands led to uncertainty and controversy That led to a moratorium that postponed the implementation of the new terms until 2024. Thus, teams have one calendar year to find the resources they need to adapt.
Women’s cycling is structured into two categories worldwide : Women’s WorldTour, the first division which currently has 15 teams including Movistar Team and Continental, with the rest of the squads registered according to the rules set by the national federations. Spain has nine continentals in the 2023 season : Bizkaia-Durango, Cantabria Sport – Rio Mira, Anicat – CM Team, Farto-BTC, Liberal Kutxa-Fundación Euscadí, Masi-Tactic, Soltec, Sopela Women’s Team and Shipwrecked Zaf Cycling Team. How many will remain in the UCI peloton next season?
Only one Spanish continental team today is guaranteed to continue as such in 2024 , Basque group Liberal Kutxa is continuing with “the same roadmap” it proposed last year. These are: an increase in its budget, estimated at 1.8 million euros for the next campaign; the total commercialization of its cyclists; And Ambition to join the UCI Women’s World Tour, world cycling’s first division , It is very difficult for 2024 and 2025: to date, the Euskadi Foundation women’s team has scored only 794 points to license, with the bar appearing in the top 15 […]