Canyon Factory Racing DH Announces 2018 Roster

Feb 5, 2018
by Canyon  
Canyon Factory Racing DH 2018 Roster Announcement Photo by Boris Beyer
Troy Brosnan and Mark Wallace return for 2018. Photo by Boris Beyer

PRESS RELEASE: Canyon Factory Racing DH

Canyon Factory Racing DH enters a new season of World Cup battles with a lethal roster of returning riders and a fresh face. Troy Brosnan returns as the anchor of the roster after a successful 2017 campaign which saw him depart from the elusive 1-win club by taking the win at the Andorran round of the UCI World Cup. This win vaulted him to a 2nd place overall finish in the UCI World Cup, a career best for Brosnan.

bigquotesLast year was started with a lot of unknowns, a new team and a bike that have not set foot on a World Cup podium. In the end I was really blown away how well the whole season went. Spending the year riding with Mark at the World Cups was a key factor in my successful season and when he got on the podium it was just as awesome if I was there myself. This off-season I really put the hard work and I know that this season is going to be bigger and better."Troy Brosnan

Canyon Factory Racing DH 2018 Roster Announcement Photo by Boris Beyer
Troy Brosnan poised for a big season ahead. Photo by Boris Beyer

23-year-old Canadian Mark Wallace re-upped with Canyon Factory Racing in November after a standout season which was highlighted by an opening round 2nd place finish in Lourdes, France. Wallace backed this with a consistent season including three top ten finishes on route to an 8th place in the overall standings. New to the program is sixteen-year-old Australian Kye A’Hern. Coming off impressive results at Crankworx Whistler where he claimed the Prince of Crankworx honor highlighted by his commanding win the Canadian Open DH.

Canyon Factory Racing DH 2018 Roster Announcement Photo by Boris Beyer
Kye is the new addition to the Canyon Factory Racing roster. Photo by Boris Beyer

bigquotesI am really happy to be on board with Canyon for the next two years and build on last season’s momentum. Last year was a great experience and the Sender was amazing. Next year Kye will be joining Troy and I and after our first camp last month I am really looking forward to seeing what he can bring.Mark Wallace

Canyon Factory Racing DH 2018 Roster Announcement Photo by Boris Beyer
The vets eye up the young gun in the team. Photo by Boris Beyer

The 2018 UCI World Cup season kicks off in April on Lošinj a Croatian island in the northern Adriatic Sea known for its striking bays, rich vegetation and a heinously rocky downhill track. The season peaks at the World Championships in Lenzerheide Switzerland, where in 2017 World Cup action Brosnan narrowly missed the win by a mere 0.162 of a second. Canyon Factory Racing’s focus this season will be the UCI World Cup series as well as select Crankworx events.

Team Manager Gabe Fox says “The season is going to be exciting, heading into a season with two young top ten ranked riders is a great position to be in. I expect Troy and Mark to continue to challenge for World Cup wins.”

Reliable, cutting-edge equipment is crucial to race day success and Canyon Factory Racing DH is proud to partner with industry leaders in their respective categories. In 2018 the team is proudly supported by SRAM, RockShox, Mavic, Dainese, Maxxis, Troy Lee Designs, Ergon, Crankbrothers, E-13, Acros and Mucoff.

bigquotesOur Factory Teams play a crucial role in driving product innovation via exchanges between the R&D department and team riders. It allows us to make key developments in kinematics, geometries, and detect any issues long before they reach the market. To me the teams are much more than a simple promotional tool, they draw people to the sport and keep the scene and products evolving. It was unbelievable to see the Sender take a World Cup win under Troy in its first year on the circuit, we can’t wait to see what 2018 brings.Daniel Oster, Canyon MTB Product & Brand Manager

Canyon Factory Racing DH 2018 Roster Announcement Photo by Boris Beyer
Troy Brosnan wins Vallnord. Photo by Boris Beyer

“We look forward to the continued partnership with Canyon Factory Racing DH. Troy and Mark have been SRAM and RockShox athletes since the beginning and a huge part of SRAM's gravity family. We're super stoked to continue supplying the boys with the highest level, race tuned suspension, brakes, and drivetrain components and to build on last season's outstanding results. SRAM's commitment to gravity racing can be highlighted by this partnership and our mutual push to put riders on the top of the podium.”- John Dawson, SRAM MTB Sports Marketing Director.

Canyon Factory Racing DH 2018 Roster Announcement Photo by Boris Beyer
Photo by Boris Beyer

Photos by Boris Beyer // @maddogboris
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MENTIONS: @Canyon-PureCycling


  • + 14
 I'd like some more info on this 16 year old on his way to the world cup!
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 he has dominated u17 in the Australian national series for a while and used to be with norco aus
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 @finnmcmtb: But from U17 to World Cup? Isn't he still skipping a stage or two?
  • + 6
 @YoungGun13: As he'll be turning 17, he's moving up to U19's this year which is the UCI 'junior' category at world cups and world champs - so he's not really skipping any steps. He's definitely being given the best possible chance to succeed - if you look at guys like Finn and Loris (and even Troy a few years back), having factory support for those full two years in the junior category sets them up well for the move to elites. Hope he has an injury free year and transfers his form to the world stage!
  • + 3
 @brownies: Okay, thanks for the help! I'm sure he'll be shredding like a maniac this year!
  • + 6
 so glad to see a forward thinking company like Canyon is spending resources for girls to race at the highest level. oh wait...
  • + 2
 V I R T U E S I G N A L R E C E I V E D
  • + 8
 Ruaridh Cunningham? Just after one year? WTF
  • + 5
 Did he even race? Wasn’t he out injured all year? Should have at least given him a go.
  • + 6
 Best of luck to Troy and the team..
  • + 4
 That's shit for Cunningham, he's a pinner. Deserved another season to show what he can do!
  • + 4
 trousers are like walking billboards.
  • + 3
 also we plan to make our trousers 10% more tighter
  • + 3
 Good luck Troy!
  • + 1
 And what with Barel? Not a team manager anymore?
  • + 0
 Damn so many typos
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