PRESS RELEASE: Cube
CUBE have come a long way ever since they started their downhill program back in 2016. With three seasons of experience, countless kilometers travelled and two different wheel sizes in the bag, the team is excited to announce their 2019 team roster.
Germany's Max Hartenstern will join forces with Phil Atwill and Gaëtan Vigé to form the 2019 CUBE Global Squad. The team will race all stops of the UCI Downhill World Cup and selected European Downhill Cups. As in the previous years, Gaëtan, Phil and Max will race the CUBE Two15 29“ equipped with parts from our long times sponsors: CUBE, BLISS Protection, MAGURA, Fox, Schwalbe, Race Face, 100%, CapGo, MRP, SDG, Crankbrothers and Juice Lubes
Favorite quote: Ride or die
Why do you ride downhill: I just enjoy riding bikes a lot, can´t help myself it is my thing
Favourite riding spot: I am not super picky I just like it fast with good dirt
What keeps you motivated: My constant drive to ride faster than I did previous
What do you listen to: Right now? Miscondcut - Ready To Go
Max transfer to mountainbikes at the age of 13. He started racing BMX at the young age of six and got picked up by the CUBE Global Squad in his last season as a junior rider. Carrying over a strong junior year, he finished his first season as an elite rider with a 15th position at the last World Cup stop 2018 in La Bresse/France.
Career highlights: 3rd at World-Championships Cairns/Australia 2017.
Favourite movie: Earth.
Sucks in maths, loves YouTube, knows how to hunt just by watching videos.
Nationality: Great Britain
Favourite quote: Work hard play hard
Why do you ride downhill: Love it and it is my dream
Favourite riding spot: Pelion, North Greece
What keeps you motivated: I love what I do and I know what I’m capable of and I want to prove to myself that I can get there
What do you listen to: I like a bit of all sorts but I’ve been listening to a lot of 90´s stuff recently.
Phil is known for his shining character on and off the bike. He moved to Greece recently to enjoy almost perfect conditions all year long. Pleasant temperatures most of the time sound pretty promising if your goal is to ride your bike all season long. An incredibly fast pace and a fair amount of top 10 results at the UCI Downhill World Cup over the last years got temporary slowed down by an ACL injury plus reconstruction in 2018. Fully recovered and healthy he is hungry for more.
Career highlights: 5th at Lenzerheide 2017.
Wolf Of Wallstreet.Fun fact:
Hates spreadsheets, knows how to swear in Greek, can manual almost everything.
Favourite quote: No dig no ride
Why do you ride downhill: I had the choice between Downhill or Cross country. The choice has been quick
Favourite riding spot: My home spot otherwise Whistler is the best
What keeps you motivated: My sense of competition motivates me and helps me pushing the limits
What do you listen to: US rap.
Born and bred close to the mountains of San Remo, Gaëtan fell in love with bikes at an early age when he spend most his time at the local skate park and dirts practicing his latest tricks. His strong freestyle background still pops out even though he is a full-time racer now. From participating at Red Bull Hardline to UCI World Cups Gaëtan does it all.
Career highlights: 2nd overall 2016 UCI Downhill World Cup.
Favorite movie: Ali G.
Can survive on Nutella and Baguette for 4 weeks straight, can't grow a real beard.