Eliot Jackson is Back and Joins Bernard Kerr and Micayla Gatto - Pivot's DH World Cup Team

Jan 12, 2014
by Pivot Cycles  
The first year of the Pivot Cycles Factory Team in 2013 exceeded expectations and only got stronger as the year went on. Bernard Kerr was able to join an elite group of riders by breaking into the top ten at the Hafjell World Cup, as well as placing 8th in the Canadian Open DH and 4th at the Bringewood British National Round. The team plans to build on this success with what we believe to be the most exciting, stylish and complementary roster of the 2014 season.


Eliot Jackson is able to do things that seem to defy logic, all while being humble, approachable and down to earth. Now that he is not focusing 100% of his efforts on winning World Cups, he has more time to do what he does best: ride a bike like no one else in the world does. Eliot brings an enthusiasm and positivity to the team and circuit that is unparalleled and we are happy to have him as a part of Pivot Cycles family.

Image by Dan Severson


bigquotesI don't think I can express how happy and fortunate I am to be riding in the 2014 season! Pivot Cycles have given me an opportunity of a lifetime and I can't wait to hit the slopes with two of my best friends, Micayla and Bernard. While I will be racing, my main focus this year is showing everyone just how great these bikes are and producing content for all of you to enjoy. I've made a lot of progress with my illness, which will allow me to do this safely and comfortably. This is probably a huge surprise to pretty much everyone, but who doesn't like a nice surprise every now and then? - Eliot Jackson

Micayla Gatto contemplative before the start of her race. Canadian Open Downhill - Crankworx 2013

Image by Scott Robarts


When we learned Micayla was a free agent for the 2014 season, we jumped at the opportunity to bring her on-board. The talented young female from Canada has had an astounding amount of success over the past few years including podiums at Crankworx, Sea Otter and a UCI World Cup round, in addition to being reigning Canadian National Champion. What is astonishing is she has been able to achieve this mostly all on her own, without a full World Cup team behind her. With the support of the Pivot Cycles Factory Team in 2014, we believe Micayla will be able to show her true potential.

Canada s only female DH podium in a long time belongs to Micayla Gatto. She s a powerhouse and this a big course she may be able to drop the hammer when it counts on Sunday.

Image by Fraser Britton


bigquotesBeing named to the Pivot Cycles Factory Team for 2014 is a dream come true. The bikes look amazing and I cannot wait to test them out. I'm so excited to be doing something fresh and different, and to be on a team with two of my best friends from the WC race circuit. Our team dynamic is going to be INSANE! Bernard and Eliot are so incredibly talented, friendly, easygoing and outgoing guys, it's an honour to be put beside them on the team. Nothing but greatness will come from this collaboration of top-notch products, best friends, and racing around the world. This kind of support and recognition is a goal I've been striving to reach for my entire career; I could not be more excited! - Micayla Gatto

Bernard Kerr at whip off championships crankworx 2013 whistler bc

Image by Sterling Lorence


bigquotes I am so excited for the year ahead as Pivot make the best bikes and know exactly what we need to be able to train and race at 100%. Having the opportunity to ride along side Eliot and Micyala on the same team is a dream come true...we all get along so well and have so much fun...and for me fun is the key to riding bikes and chasing that podium! - Bernard Kerr

Photos to go up along with a new edit with Bernard riding the Pivot M4X and a bit of a recap of his WC season. www.aspectmedia.tv

Photo by aspectmediauk


The team will be competing on the new 27.5 DH bike (see the full preview from 2013 Crankworx here) and will hit all the UCI World Cups, both European and Whistler Crankworx, select British Nationals and other high profile events.

Pivot 2014 27.5 DH Racer

The 2014 Pivot Factory Race Team would like to thank their amazing sponsors, without them none of this would be possible: Pivot Cycles, Race Face, Reynolds, X-Fusion Shox, Schwalbe Tyres, Replay XD, Jet Black Cycling, Bluegrass and Leatt.




87 Comments

  • + 297
 Hooray! Black Brendog is back!
  • + 37
 now pivot just has to bring the phoenix back Wink
  • + 17
 Ya i like the phoenix way better than that new bike!
  • + 3
 Yes!!
  • + 28
 black jesus!
  • + 36
 Jesus was a myth, this guy keeps it real.

Wonder How he solved the exercise induced asthma problem?
  • + 2
 Beat me to it on the black Jesus ...
  • + 6
 So stoked to read this!! He's basically one of if not the most stylish racer in my opinion! Sick whips and super smooth
  • + 3
 Yea man im so glad hes back!!
  • + 3
 be the first blackman to win rampage!
  • + 6
 RAD team for style or what? 3 massive senders.
  • + 13
 great shout from pivot to still support jackson. think a lot of sponsors wouldn't have kept him on as he's not focussed 100% on winning world cups, but his style and everything more than makes up for it. YEEAAH ELIOT!
  • + 9
 Black Brendog, Gattobooty and Kers whip steez! Well done Pivot on putting together one of the coolest teams on the circuit, hope they put some webisodes together to go with it.
  • + 2
 WTF no video ?!?!?!?!?
  • + 2
 Seriously, whatever happened to that whole exercise induced asthma thing??? I thought he stopped racing world cups because of it.
  • + 1
 Maybe he misses racing so much he is more willing to put up with it. I have a friend who has it and there is no way it's stopping him.
  • + 2
 Or he got the right kind of puffer... I spoke to a couple guys I know who also have it and it's not a career-ender according to them.
  • + 54
 Go Micayla!! Goes to show that hard work does pay off!!! Go Canada DH!!!
  • + 7
 This ^^^
  • + 8
 No Kidding! I remember a article on her from Decline 4-5 years ago! With Her and Stevie leading the way, things are looking good for DH in Canada!!
  • + 18
 Didnt see that coming! But hey, that really is sick! I hop eliot does really well this season!!! And the others too!
  • + 46
 I hope fiveten gets in on that DH slipper he is working on
  • + 13
 Eliot has so much style...him and Bernard are going to be fun to watch
  • + 3
 Can't wait to see what comes out of this match-up! I wanna see a vid of Eliot visiting Benard's local trails and having each other out-rad each other
  • + 9
 After creating this piece dirt.mpora.com/featured/beyond-the-bike-micayla-gatto.html with Micayla and seeing first hand how much effort she has put in to get to where she is and hearing all the stories of struggles and triumphs from friends and family, it is amazing to see her finally get what she has been dreaming of... Hard work does pay dividends!
  • + 11
 Way to go Gatto! you deserve a ride with kinda support and nothing's holding you back now!
  • + 7
 Anyone who hasnt seen this video of Eliot Jackson needs to watch this!
Same trail as the recent interview

www.vitalmtb.com/videos/member/Untitled,17000/Feanaro,9776

iframe src='http://www.vitalmtb.com/v/17000?width=780&height=440' width='780' height='440' frameborder='0'>/iframe>p>a href='http://www.vitalmtb.com/videos/member/Untitled,17000/Feanaro,9776'>Kristian Atkins and Eliot Jackson in Antarctica!!!! /a> - More a href='http://www.vitalmtb.com'>Mountain Bike/a> a href='http://www.vitalmtb.com/videos/main'>Videos/a>/p>
  • + 1
 That video is insane, so may big landings onto and over such crazy rock carnage. Didn't know there were such manly rock gardens in "Antartica"!!
  • + 1
 lmao , Antarctica looks so sick hehehe, they were rippin the shit outta that shit, dam!
  • + 1
 Wow, California is beautiful.
  • + 9
 fuck yeah! eliot shreds hard and i respect the fact that they all just want to have fun!
  • + 8
 Good luck guys the pivot team has some amazing riders this year
  • + 4
 Hell ya micayla your one of my favorite riders hope u kick ass this year for pivot keep up your hard work it's paying off hope to see her at the sea otter this year yewwww #1
  • + 5
 Gotta love how they coin the term "free agent" as if it's a slightly positive thing. This is great and unexpected news!
  • + 4
 "The bikes look amazing and I cannot wait to test them out." - I wouldn't have expected someone signs a contract without even having used the tool, no matter how stoked s/he is about full sponsorship.
  • + 11
 To be fair I dont see why not. Bikes are bikes and no matter how much certain people talk crap on this site almost all DH race bikes are quality machines nowadays. Having full sponsorship and being able to train full time will give her far more benefits than being on a different bike. Any good rider can adapt a bike and in turn adapt to a bike. Being able to train full time with two great team mates could knock 10 seconds off her race runs. Being on a different bike would never ever make a difference like that.
  • + 4
 Pretty cool to see Micayla get the support of a WC team. I remember that short documentary, and finding out she was waiting tables and all to make ends meet... well deserved.
  • + 6
 Kerr for the whip !
  • + 3
 And suddenly my day just got 100% better! So exited to see Micayla finally gettin shit done. Good luck to the both of you!
  • + 1
 What happened to sponsoring Jackie Harmony, one of the US's top female downhillers? Does Pivot not care about suporting and promoting racers and its brand at US races anymore?
  • + 1
 elliot is american.... and micayla deserves the support
  • + 2
 YA MICAYLA!! So great to see your hard work finally paying off! Go get'em girl!
  • + 4
 ConGatto!
  • + 3
 Im happy that he's back but I wish he had stayed with yeti.
  • + 1
 Same! I loved seeing the yeti frames
  • + 2
 yeah gatto and eliot deserve this so much, gonna be a great season for pivot
  • + 3
 Gonna be the best team edits coming through this crew!
  • + 1
 Elephant in the room "He is Back!"title. But at a glance, Right? I am just saying. I love watching him ride.
  • + 1
 I'm with you there greg!
  • + 1
 That is not going to be the bike for 2015 they are making a carbon Phoenix. I talked to pivot on friday.
  • + 3
 You inspire me MicaylaSmile
  • + 1
 So stoked for Elliot to be back on the bike for a living and teamed up with Micayla!
  • + 2
 Eliot Jackson is back! this news has literally made my day
  • + 1
 I see a bright future for Pivot. nice looking/performing bike, stylish team - seams to be the formula.
  • + 2
 Oh yeah! Elliot's Back!!!! Best of luck in 2014!
  • + 2
 Congrats Micayla, kill it!
  • + 1
 so Jackson annouced he's retired, January : Eliot Jackson is back!
good luck to micayla though Big Grin
  • + 1
 Gorgeous, amazing photos through the article. Then that. That picture of the bike.
  • + 2
 Yeti must be pissed.
  • + 1
 Some awsome news over here!
  • + 1
 good to see Gatto finally getting on to a team
  • + 1
 That Pivot bike shares ideas from knolly bikes.
  • + 1
 Heck yeah Elliot!!! Now...come ride Windrock!!! Ask Neko.
  • + 1
 What happened to bubba warren?
  • + 0
 Pivot doesn't have a female line of bikes. I wonder if this means Gatto will be helping develop a women's product line?
  • + 1
 What is a female specific dh bike? like an ultra low toptube?
  • + 1
 Just because she rides DH doesn't mean that she'd be excluded with product line development of other types of bikes.
  • + 1
 who are the 2014 yeti team then??
  • + 2
 They added Hannah Barnes for enduro. I'm assuming it's Graves and Barnes for the EWS, Cam Cole, Richy Rude, Rosara Joseph and some others for 2014. They're awesome about developing younger riders, then watching them bolt for bigger teams and more cash.
  • + 1
 Cant wait to see Richy shred the WC! Guys a beast!
  • + 1
 Im so happy for all 3 of them. Can't wait to see Pivot on the WC Circuit.
  • + 2
 steezy riders
  • + 1
 Hell has froze over and the pigs have taken flight , ELIOT IS BACK !!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Yiiiihaaa. Great news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • + 1
 Team of full shredder !!! Can't wait for the season to start !
  • - 2
 Glad to see him back but it's gunna be weird not seeing him on yeti. I'm pretty sure the 303wc is the sexiest bike ever made haha.
  • + 1
 so happy right now Smile
  • + 1
 Way to go Micayla!
  • + 1
 27.5 for all races what?
  • + 1
 eliot is the shit!
  • - 2
 soo umm what about asthma eliot, you quit because you couldn't give your 100%?
  • + 1
 He gives 150% in style.
That more than makes up for his asthma.
Thanks to pivot we'll still get to see this
  • - 1
 Micayla,you sexy,girrrl ! ! !
  • - 2
 That new pivot sled is gorgeous....
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