Grace Anderson has moved to the UK-based Drops team for the 2019 season. Anderson, who spent last year with Team Illuminate, will progress further into the World Tour ranks in Europe; joining Mikayla Harvey, Georgia Williams, Sharlotte Lucas and Ella Harris at the highest level of the sport.
A lot has happened to Grace Anderson in the space of 12 months. A national U23 road race title in 2018, victory in the Santos Women’s Tour best young rider category, 2nd in the Women’s Herald Sun Tour best young rider category, 4th in the Oceania Championships road race, top 10 results in the Panorama Guizhou International Women’s Road Race, as well as further quality performances on the international stage and World Tour in young rider categories and a call up to the New Zealand squad for the UCI World Road Championships.
The move to the UCI outfit – Drops – in 2019 is another step forward for the 21 year old, who will join a high-class British-based outfit this year; championed by Elinor Barker. Barker is a European, Commonwealth, World and Olympic champion across road and track and at just 24 years of age is one of the most experienced members of the team that has an average age of 21.
At the Vantage Road National Championships, Grace finished 9th in the U23 category, sprinting home in the main group that arrived home behind Georgia Christie and Deborah Paine. Her season abroad began today with stage 1 of the Santos Women’s Tour; where Anderson was part of a New Zealand national team that currently leads the team standings after the opening stage to Birdwood; courtesy of Niamh Fisher-Black, Amanda Jamieson, Anderson, Kirsty McCallum, Elyse Fraser and Deborah Paine.
Moving to the Drops outfit – known as Trek-Drops in 2018 – will provide great exposure to the UCI World Tour in Europe. In 2018 the Trek-Drops team raced across the World Tour season from Strade Bianche to Gent-Wevelgem, Tour of Flanders to the Amstel Gold Race, Amgen Tour of California to the OVO Energy Women’s Tour and the Giro Rosa; the premier stage race on the calendar. Anderson got her first taste of World Tour racing at the Amgen Women’s Tour of California and it will be exciting to see her progression on the World Tour scene this year.
The Drops team for 2019 is: