For EF Education-TIBCO-SVB founder Linda Jackson, it's always been about development. A former investment banker, then highly decorated pro cyclist, Jackson took the decision to retire from racing in 2000 so that she could help other women achieve their own cycling goals. This sentiment still carries the team into each new season.
“We’re at an inflection point where young women are seeing cycling for the first time and thinking, ‘This is a sport that I can do.’ That’s exactly what women’s cycling needs, growth in the base of the pyramid. Now it’s up to us to keep pushing.”
- Linda Jackson
With a heavy focus on emerging talent, the team strives to help women reach their potential in a healthy and supportive environment, something that is very important to Jackson. Women racing full time for EF TIBCO SVB will now be paid the men’s WorldTour minimum salary; an important move in the push to professionalise women’s cycling.
Combining a diverse range of both experience and emerging talent, 2022’s roster of riders makes for an exciting season ahead. US national champion Lauren Stephens is back for her ninth year with the team, along with a few other returning riders. Meanwhile, the focus on future talent sees younger riders like 20-year-old Magdeleine Vallieres stepping up.