5 World Cup Team Changes That Went Under the Radar

Feb 15, 2021
by Ed Spratt  
Gaetan Vige is lovin it out here in Portugal even in privateer mode without team support.

With the official UCI teams list published last week, it looks like the rumour season for World Cup teams has come to its conclusion for 2021. With the dust settled on the more high-profile team changes, let's look at the news that fell between the cracks.



Gaetan Vige on FRF Race Company

The FRF Race Company team has brought Gaetan Vige onboard for the next season of racing filling the spot left by Alexandre Fayolle retiring at the end of 2020. The team also picks up the young Frenchman Cedric Taillefer (son of the legendary Christian) to join Maxence Chapelet and Simon Chapelet.

Last year the team ran under the name 'Race Company' and it saw riders running their own bike setups with Simon Chapelet riding Commencal Supremes while Alexandre Fayolle was running a Nukeproof Dissent. Gaetan Vige hasn't revealed his ride for 2021 just yet but with no team-specific bike he has plenty of choice for his next race rig.


Gaetan Vige is lovin it out here in Portugal even in privateer mode without team support.




Jackson Frew Parts Ways with Kona Factory Team

After two years with Kona Jackson Frew will be racing as a free agent in 2021. We reached out to Jackson for more information on his plans for 2021 and he told us that he currently is planning his own setup but Kona has offered some extra support for him at any races they are attending. 2020 saw the Australian miss out on most of the racing, so we are sure he will be looking forward to getting back up to speed between the tape this year.


Jackson drew was having fun all week in training and it showed in is riding. A 2nd place will definitely give his some confidence heading into next weekends World Cup just up the road in Quebec.


bigquotesUnfortunately with budgets being tight and their priorities shifting towards Enduro, my time as a member of the Kona Factory Team has come to an end. With that being said they have been really cool and have offered to help me out as much as they can at the WC’s they attend without locking me into anything. If another opportunity arises things may change but for now I’ll still be riding a Kona. I’m very grateful for the opportunity they gave me, I’ve made some life long friends and can’t wait to catch up with the team at the races. Jackson Frew



Annie Last Not on a UCI Trade Team in 2021

Annie Last has been racing with KMC Orbea for three seasons, but for 2021 she is not listed on a UCI trade team. Last is a former World Cup winner and reigning British champion. She has continued to deliver strong results in recent years including a third at Snowshoe in 2019 and a seventh place finish at the Tokyo test event, making her an outside bet for medal success this summer. We currently do not know where the top British XC rider is heading for 2021 but we have reached out to find out more.


Annie Last wasn t looking back today. She saw opportunity and took it.




Luke Williamson Joins the Newly Formed 555 Gravity Racing


Luke Williamson parted ways with the Propain Factory team in December after two years with the team. Luke has found a spot on the new 555 Gravity Racing team that features four young British riders. Ryan Brannen and Douglas Goodwill will be entering the Junior races whereas Calum McBain will join Luke Williamson in the Elites. It's not yet clear what bikes the team will be riding next year although we've been told to expect more news soon.






Harriet Harnden Listed on the Trek XC Team

After great success on the EWS circuit in 2020 for the Trek Factory Racing team, including winning all three 2020 rounds at Under 21 level, the young British rider's name has been found on the Trek Factory XC team list for 2021. Harriet Harnden is no stranger to World Cup XC racing with a 4th place finish at one of the U23 rounds of the 2020 World Cup in Nove Mesto and should be another threat for the podium for this upcoming race season.

We're expecting to see her double up again in 2021 after she comes into the season off the back of competing for Great Britain at the cyclocross World Championships. This multi-talented rider is definitely one to watch going forwards and we're excited to see where she takes her wide-ranging talents in the future.


Harriet Harnden fresh off the back of EWS success slotted into 4th.






50 Comments

  • 94 1
 You heard it here first: I too am a free agent this year. Exciting prospects as a mid-pack contender at the local beer league.
  • 11 0
 I trust in you buddy! GO get 'em!
  • 2 2
 Imagine trying to spot him in the lift line. Can't be hard?
  • 3 1
 @FUbob: The "mid-pack contender at the local beer league" @toast2266 Beer
  • 2 0
 After checking some go fund me accounts I think if your honest and upfront you could get $1000 of your $2000 goal. And where do you find these beer leagues?
  • 3 0
 @shotouthoods:
Bad grammerz a prewreckrizate.. Off to a grate start.
  • 3 0
 You’re the real mans mtb’r. Ride hard, chug em fast... err is it opposite? Anyway there’s got to be influencer deals anyway.
  • 2 0
 @FUbob: funny because its true
  • 3 0
 Hydration is key! Good luck bro!
  • 1 0
 @toast2266 I can offer you some support at any event we're both at.
  • 29 0
 Any news on Katy Winton? I can't believe that as a regular EWS top 5 finisher she hasn't got a ride yet.
  • 2 0
 Wondering the same thing. Seems like we haven't heard much if anything about her.
  • 2 0
 @Trudeez: Yeah... She had more than one crash with a bad concussion, over the last few seasons, right? ... Maybe she's taking a break?
  • 3 0
 That was the first thought that came to my mind while reading the headline. She's such an amazing rider and for what I've seen in videos and heard in podcasts a great person.
  • 5 0
 She was a great ambassador for trek. She would be an asset to any brand. I suppose it is hard to quantify for management these days, if your not getting podiums or high social media engagement but are fantastic in person. I thought they lost a great person @Segu:
  • 3 0
 Still nothing from Katy Winton and is Kevin Miquel this year's Thomas Lapeyrie? No news from him either.
  • 3 0
 I saw on Katy's social media that the wait is almost over and that she'll be able to make an announcement soon. I could be wrong but i'm guessing she didn't find out she needed to find a new team until quite late.
  • 3 0
 This. She is way more deserving of a top team than many. I can’t believe Trek got rid of her
  • 1 0
 @Maxcommencemal: Lapeyrie launched a brigade "404" with other riders, they ride focus bikes and are on ebike for the presentation video
  • 2 0
 @barry9559: Thought she was preggers. Taking a break to have a kid.
  • 1 0
 @Flatland-Downhill-Racer: To be fair that could be the announcement! I'd be surprised but the comment on her Facebook definitely doesn't rule that out.
  • 1 0
 @pasteque51: I think you charged head first into a language barrier. We all know what happened with rider 404, but Kevin on the other hand hadn't said much since leaving Sunn.
Is it possible that he's found himself in a similar situation as Thomas last year?
  • 2 0
 @Flatland-Downhill-Racer: ironically, Rachel announced today that she is, in fact, carrying a child. Big congrats to her and Olly. A bit sad that we may never see the Rachel vs Valli throwdown we all want.
  • 11 0
 Annie Last and Jessica Blewitt should start their own team called Blewitt and Last. Sounds like a winning combination!
  • 4 0
 excellent... have a beer Beer
  • 2 0
 This deserves more upvotes!
  • 11 0
 Rhys Verner from Kona to forbidden.
  • 6 0
 Forbidden has a few new fast riders this year...
  • 14 4
 Anyone know who Danny Hart is riding for now? Seems to have flown under the radar
  • 11 0
 @noplacelikeloam: sarcasm can be hard to read on the Internet.
  • 3 0
 @noplacelikeloam: He’s riding for Cube? When did that happen?
  • 3 0
 Reading between the lines in the Jackson Frew piece: it sounds like Kona are really scaling back their DH program and might only attend a few World Cups... I wonder if this means we’ll see Connor Fearon focusing on Enduro and only doing select DH events?
  • 5 0
 I do believe Magnus is on forbidden now
  • 1 0
 Can't believe I still have no team for 2021. I've been marketing products hard to my 3 insta followers, consistently posted underwhelming vid's and results......and cornered the niche market in entering races then not turning up cos I CBA to get out bed early. These sponsors....they just want blood these days.
  • 4 0
 Tell me that 555 Gravity Racing team is gonna be in Subaru WRC colours?
  • 1 0
 Still waiting on Katy Winton...... Hope to see some good news for her coming soon.
  • 2 0
 What’s the news on UR Team, they still on Polygon?
  • 3 1
 Not Sure about that
  • 2 0
 @winko: No Surprise there. Cous always finds himself Needing Sponsors.
  • 1 0
 When it come to the 2017 Women's Cross Country World Cup, if you're first, you're Last...
  • 1 0
 If you're not first yer Last!!
  • 1 0
 under the radar... until now
  • 1 0
 There’s a surprise lol
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