Devinci 2012 Team Announced

Mar 6, 2012 at 7:17
by Cycles Devinci  

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Devinci Global Racing is proud to announce its 2012 UCI World Cup roster. The DGR squad features a mix of podium chargers and young standouts; paired with experienced management and top mechanical support.

Leading DGR is 22-year-old Canadian, Steve Smith. In 2011, Smith showed his World Cup dominance, never finishing outside the top ten. In addition, he captured multiple World Cup podiums, a Canadian Open gold medal, and the US Open silver medal.

Smith says, “I’m excited to be working with Devinci again in 2012, and I’m looking forward to building on last season’s momentum. Devinci has stepped things up, growing the program and adding great riders. It should be an amazing year.”

Joining Smith is five-time Swiss National Champion, Nick Beer. The 25-year-old brings a string of strong results to the team, including a 2009 European Championship gold medal and multiple World Cup top ten and podium finishes.

“I’ve never stopped working toward being one of the top riders in the world and teaming with DGR will allow me to go to the next level and meet these goals,” Beer says.

New Zealand’s George Brannigan returns to the roster for a second season. Earlier this year Brannigan bagged two wins at the NZ National Series, in addition to clinching a silver medal at the star-studded National Championships. Rounding out the program is first-year junior Gianluca Vernassa of Itlay. In 2011 Gianluca demonstrated massive potential winning almost every race he entered, while clocking fast times and consistently keeping fellow elite riders on edge. Look for Vernassa to contend in the junior ranks, while building a strong resume in the sport.



“We’ve assembled a standout lineup under the DGR banner—riders, co-sponsors, support staff,” says Gabe Fox, Devinci MTB Marketing Manager. “It’s a foundation for success and I envision seeing our program posting outstanding results this year.”

The 2012 season kicks off in two weeks at Pietermaritztburg, South Africa, home of the 2013 World Championships. DGR’s event focus includes the UCI World Cup, Crankworx Whistler, and other select European and North American events.

“It will be very interesting to follow Steve through the season. Steve is amazingly talented and has huge motivation, which will lead to great things. George has focused hard over the off-season and it will be great to see his progression as a rider at the World Cup level. Expanding the program to Europe follows the global goals DGR and I am looking forward to seeing Nick riding a Devinci as well as Gianluca developing as a young rider. Aside from all the excitement and emotion of the racing the team will provide some key product development throughout the season.”- Felix Gauthier, President Cycles Devinci

Steve Smith exemplifies Sram's ongoing commitment to support the most talented professional gravity athletes in the World. As part of Sram's exclusive Black Box program we are confident Steve will have the necessary equipment to build on last seasons outstanding results. We're also really proud to be partnered up with Devinci who share the same love for racing and winning as we do. - John Dawson Sram MTB Sponsorship Manager

Devinci Global Racing is supported by: Cycles Devinci, SRAM, RockShox, Avid, Truvativ, Easton Wheels, Schwalbe, E-Thirteen, ODI and Fox Head Clothing.

Video credits: Mike Goldstein (first) and Vittorio Platania and the TriRide Crew. (second)
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42 Comments

  • + 46
 Awesome to see Steve Smith and how far he has come from getting shuttled up the mountain by his mom. Amazing rider and looking forward to this season. Good luck Steve!
  • + 16
 "Nick Beer the man with the perfect name!" - Rob Warner
  • + 6
 No one will ever continue to make the Island look like the best place on earth to ride. His style is flawless, loose, natural and EVERY TIME, it's a pleasure to watch. Good luck on the clips and flats again Stevie! You've got much support
  • + 2
 Well Steves video was epic to say the least
  • + 2
 Now we just have to see if he can win!
  • + 1
 Glad to see Gianluca in a big downhill team... I rode a few times with that guy.... I can't even follow him on the whole track! I hope he'll get good results on the world cups!
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  • + 6
 i just got the 2012 wilson frame set and that bike feels absolutely amazing. steve smith is one of my favorite racers and i know he'd dominate on any bike but i'm really stoked to see him riding for devinci... especially since he is a homegrown canadian. congrats to steve smith and the rest of the team and best of luck in the upcoming season, i'll be rooting for you!
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  • + 9
 Glad to see Gianlucca on a good team.
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  • + 6
 Really happy to see Smith back for another year, I think its gonna be a good year for Devinci and Stevie!
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  • + 4
 I'm pumped to see Nick Beer on the team, he's on my Fantasy Downhill team! I wasn't sure if he had a ride for 2012
  • + 1
 Beer's on mine too. Haha sooo psyched!
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  • + 1
 Ya good to see steve smith back in action after that injury. I thought he was building up to a win for sure but got caught out there and ended his season early. This year going to be a stacked field, better not flinch once on you going to finish off the podium. I think steve, troy brosnan and dan hart going to be battling for second all year. Gwin going to see a hell of a show through his rear view mirror.
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  • + 4
 sounds like a pretty good roster to me. Got to love Stevie either way. The guy's unnaturally quick on a bike.
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  • + 3
 What's all the gunk the mechanic is spraying in, about :20" in the first video?
  • + 1
 Looks like Great Stuff foam; the kind you use to fill in gaps in insulation, etc. Probably to keep the resonance down; keep the frame quieter and to give the downtube internal support from rock strikes so it doesn't get damaged as easily?
  • + 6
 Probably standard spry foam sealant/filler, same stuff you'd spray around a window frame to seal out drafts. Would be used to keep mud/dirt from collecting in the pocket in front of the bottom bracket/link assembly.
  • + 2
 its 2-part expanding foam, used to prevent mud build up in large cavities (empty areas) to prevent the bike becoming heavy and clogged with mud
  • + 1
 Thanks for answering that, I was thinking it would be expanding spray foam insulation, but that was going to be my first question in case anyone knew better. Good answers!
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  • + 3
 Yeah stevie! do Canada proud again this year.
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  • + 1
 that pre-season video with steve smith really makes me wanna go ride my bike, which is particularly annoying when i have a broken collar bone Frown
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  • + 1
 bravo! what a developement! i met him 5-6 years ago! we rode a couple of days... anyway, he rode very well! great to see him on a worldcup team!
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  • + 1
 Wow devinci now have 2 podium contenders and 2 young guns, thats great for them and hope to see steve on the top this season!
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  • + 1
 I'm loving how more and more videos are showing up with Nero as the soundtrack. Love those guys. Awesome riding as well!
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  • + 1
 I don't know what that girl was talking about, the first video made perfect sense to me?
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  • + 1
 Where is the " Add to Favourite " ad ? Ah, too bad, it's on Vimeo so I can't fave it on here. Frown
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  • + 1
 grande Gianluca! well done ! a lot of talent in this guy!
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  • + 1
 what was with the foam any one know hit me back if you do
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  • + 1
 steve smith still wont beat GWIN.
  • + 1
 Hart & Minnaar do Big Grin
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  • + 1
 i wish my last name was beer
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  • + 1
 that was braw!! what was the song? Salute
  • + 0
 "She's Long Gone", by The Black Keys.
Album is "Brothers"
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  • + 1
 X0 Trail! Oh sweet yeah!
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  • + 1
 what was the song in the first movie?
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  • + 1
 I think i need to spray foam the entire inside of my frame!
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  • + 1
 gogogogo steve!
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  • + 1
 was that spray foam?
  • + 1
 Mono. Just to avoid junk getting stuck in the frame. This foam is lighter than a fistful of dirt.
  • + 1
 Surely to would be lighter and easier to, I don't know... Weld a little Ali plate over the gap they're filling with foam??
  • + 2
 Probably heavier this way...
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