Spanish team starts its 20th season as an international UCI Continental team by announcing 8 contract extensions that make up the bulk of the 2023 line-up. The team is supported by the Durango CIty Council and the Provincial Council of Bizkaia and by continuing its Continental status should gain invites to Women’s WorldTour races such as the renamed La Vuelta Femenina, which moves to the beginning of May in 2023. In 2022, Bizkaia Durango ensured invites to races like the Giro Donne, the Ceratizit Challenge, Itzulia Women, Vuelta a Burgos and the Ronde van Drenthe. For a full 2023 calendar, they will hope to receive a similar number of invites.
8 riders from the 2022 squad will continue on the team going into 2023. For Lucia Gonzalez, it’s the 6th season on the team and her experience will be useful. Irene Loizate will spend her 5th year at Bizkaia Durango next year as well. The current Portuguese road and time trial national champion Daniela Campos will race her 3rd year on the team. The rest of the extended riders will be spending their 2nd year on the team, including Eukene Larrarte, Chilean national time trial champion Catalina Soto Campos, Irene Mendez, Sofia Rodriguez and another Portuguese rider in Beatriz Pereira.
The team has seen big talents move onwards and upwards in recent years. Sandra Alonso now races for Ceratizit-WNT, Nadine Gill is going to join her on that team in 2023 and Lizzie Holden has signed for Women’s WorldTour team UAE Team ADQ.
Extended riders at Bizkaia Durango
- Lucia Gonzalez
- Irene Loizate
- Daniela Campos
- Eukene Larrarte
- Catalina Soto Campos
- Sofia Rodriguez
- Beatriz Pereira
- Irene Mendez