Jerome Clementz Departs Cannondale After 11 Years With the Brand

Dec 19, 2019
by Sarah Moore  

It's hard to imagine Jerome Clementz riding anything other than a Cannondale after seeing him on one for the past decade.

Clementz secured his place in mountain biking history when he became the first man to be crowned Enduro World Champion in 2013 after winning the first-ever season of the Enduro World Series. One of the most iconic EWS racers, as famous for his style on a bike as his impressive results, he stepped away from racing the series full-time in 2018 but still had impressive results in the Trans BC, Trans NZ Enduro and Trans Sierra Norte enduro stage races in the past year.

bigquotesEverything has an end and after 11 years racing as a Pro for Cannondale, it's time for a change.

Cannondale is my partner since 2009, without them I probably wouldn't have achieved the same results, be the same athlete and had the same opportunity to travel the world with my bike.

They are a big part in my career and I would like to thank the company for their support but also all the people behind, who helped me in many ways.

You can be strong alone, but you're stronger with a real team behind you and this has been the truth for me with Cannondale all these years

This is the end of an era that I really enjoyed, but changes are exciting and I'm ready for a new start. I'll stay a fan of the brand and I'm sure that we will stay in touch.

I'll keep you updated on what's next as soon as 2020 starts

In the meantime some photos to remembers all these good years.
Jerome Clementz

We look forward to seeing who Clementz will be riding with in 2020 and we'll let you know who that is as soon as we find out.

Photo by @loizorider


  • 62 5
 Ratboy signed with C'dale....Now he rides mostly BMX. haha
  • 35 6
 Cannondale- scratching my head for 35 years
  • 18 4
 They make great pure road bikes, the rougher the terrain gets the harder you have to scratch.
  • 2 0
 @manuni88: which is a shame, there's room in the world for a modern gemini or a lightweight judge. They've got the skills but keep doing stupid stuff..
  • 27 1
 Jerome, please do us all a favor and make another Gojira video with whatever you decide to ride next!
  • 4 0
 Amen to that!
  • 17 0
 Jey is enduro OG...
  • 15 1
 Forestal here we come!
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  • 5 0
 Such a fast rider! Had the pleasure to have him over racing Trans Madeira in 2018 and his racing blind skills are incredible! Hope to see new projects from him in 2020 and the years to follow!
  • 6 0
 Absolutely my favorite rider to watch at full speed. So curious to see where he lands.
  • 7 2
 Bring back the headshock.
  • 5 1
 More departures than arrivals these days... making way for the young guns?
  • 4 1
 Will be on Orbea for 2020
  • 3 1
 Commencial, as an ambassador and coach alongside Flo N, would be a win for all?
  • 2 0
 Jérôme was opening the Enduro de la Semoy this year, recognized him with his Cannondale :-)
  • 3 1
 taking move to Polygon UR Team yeah!
  • 5 5
 Stock went up from $18 to $31 in 2009. The Jerome effect? It’s $4.40 now. They need a Gwin.
  • 10 0
 I don't know where to start with this. Dorel stock went from 18 to 31 in the same year following the financial crisis that also coincided with purchasing Cannondale. I don't think Jerome gets credit for that lol.
  • 4 1
 @friendlyfoe: It was a round about way of saying that the stock is at $4.40
  • 3 0
 This is funny because I'm just in the process of going back to school and learning about financial statement analysis. For fun I decided to spend a little bit of time trying to understand why their stock got hit so hard. As best I can tell the shock happened when the term on $400 million in long term debt came due in 2018 and their ability to refinance it was questionable (I didn't read any reports from 2019 as to how that went). They typically generate about 100 million in cash and pay a third of that towards purchases of plants/equipment and another third in dividends. They've had to cut the dividend in half which hurt the stock further but they don't have a lot of room to play with if they have to refinance the debt at an even slightly higher rate.

I think at least some of the above is correct.
  • 3 0
 @friendlyfoe: a short protip is "good for the shareholders is bad for the company"
  • 1 0
 @kmg0: in 300 words or less cite reasons for this statement giving examples.

Sorry just getting in the spirit of the thing. Was reading today about how share buybacks can be a good thing but that they have a history of being used to enrich senior executives. Kind of interesting...if you're into that sort of thing
  • 2 0
 @kmg0: Ask yourself, is it good for the company?
  • 3 2
 Jerome to join Sam pilgrim at haibike?
  • 2 0
 Now Team Battery?
  • 1 0
 They still have mark weir
  • 1 0
 Original Enduro Champion.
  • 1 0
 Jerome rocks! Sick skills and a totally cool dude!
  • 1 0
  • 1 1
 Taking bets on what company picks him up.
  • 9 0
 I heard it was DKNY ' coz hes so stylish
  • 6 0
 He’s on Fleshlight for 2020.
  • 2 0
 I guess it will be Forestal
  • 1 0
 Goodluck Jey!
  • 1 1
 Dunno why, but I have the feeling he’s gonna land with YT
  • 16 6
 Nah he’s too poor, they are giving bikes only to millionaires
  • 1 0
 He's not with TLD too.
  • 1 0
 Double shocking !
  • 1 0
 Going to E-bike
  • 1 3
 Looks like a session
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