Joe Smith and Henry Fitzgerald Join Sam Blenkinsop on Norco Factory Racing

Jan 13, 2017
by Norco Bicycles  
Joe Smith and Henry Fitzgerald Join Sam Blenkinsop on Norco Factory Racing

Norco Bicycles is proud to announce its continued support of Norco Factory Racing, which has added Joe Smith and Henry Fitzgerald to its 2017 roster along with returning rider Sam Blenkinsop.

The team will compete internationally with a full race schedule that includes the UCI World Cup downhill circuit, Crankworx series, and select Enduro World Series events. As part of the Norco Race Development program, Norco Factory Racing athletes also play an important role in the design and testing of Norco Bicycles.


Joe Smith joins Norco Factory Racing from CRC Paypal, his team since 2011. With a résumé that includes top-10 World Cup and EWS finishes in 2016, the 2015 British Downhill Series overall title, and 2nd at the 2015 Redbull Hardline, Joe is a proven performer well known for his talent and style.

bigquotesI'm excited for a fresh start in 2017 with Norco Factory Racing. It's going to be fun working with such an iconic brand as Norco. I'm also excited about working with many new brands and continuing with the likes of SRAM and Schwalbe, which I feel are the best out there. I've looked up to Blenki since I started racing, and can't wait to join him on the team. With Todd's reputation as a trainer and manager, I think it's going to be a good year! - Joe Smith
Joe Smith and Henry Fitzgerald Join Sam Blenkinsop on Norco Factory Racing


Entering his third year with Norco Factory Racing, four-time New Zealand National Champion Sam Blenkinsop is looking to add to his impressive career results, which also include podium finishes at nine World Cups, two World Championships, 11 Crankworx events, and 3 Enduro World Series events.
Joe Smith and Henry Fitzgerald Join Sam Blenkinsop on Norco Factory Racing

bigquotesI'm looking forward to working with Norco Factory Racing again for the 2017 - 2018 season, and building on our past 2 years together. With new teammates and some new and exciting challenges for the team... I'm stoked! - Sam Blenkinsop


West Vancouver's Henry Fitzgerald joins Norco Factory Racing as he enters his first year in the Elite field. Henry enjoyed a successful 2016 season as a Junior, including 7th at the Mont Sainte-Anne World Cup, 8th at the Vallnord World Cup, and 3rd in the Crankworx Whistler Canadian Open DH.

bigquotesJoining the Norco factory team is an unreal opportunity for me. The team is the full package with an exciting bike, outstanding support, and an awesome crew. I can't wait to get stuck into my first year of Elite with such a great team to learn from. - Henry Fitzgerald
Joe Smith and Henry Fitzgerald Join Sam Blenkinsop on Norco Factory Racing

bigquotesThis past fall I had a chance to shred some laps with Henry (Fitzgerald) in Whistler... and not only was his speed good... the guy just loves to ride! He reminded me of myself when I was his age! I think we'll help each other this year. - Sam Blenkinsop

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  • 133 1
 good lord that mustache.....
  • 10 0
 LOL yea eh!!
  • 36 0
 How much money would it take for you to lick it?
  • 18 1 dirty and awesome
  • 1 0
 You mean Joe smith's right?
  • 6 0
 Ya Henry!!!! So rad
  • 8 0
 It'll grow in fine eventually.
  • 1 0 open petition to PB users - please make this photoshop request a reality
  • 13 0
 He has joined the elite ranks. His tash will join in 4-7 years time.
  • 1 0
 @hairy-g: right about what?
  • 3 0
 @ermoldaker: The apostrophe was meant to indicate possession.
  • 1 0
 My exact first thought. It's gonna grow to be majestic one day
  • 2 0
 @leopaul: That's what she said
  • 19 0
  • 8 0
 Smith is going to get Blenki stoked again to really shred it. Both are really capable and IMHO I think this is what Blenki needs to get back on that podium with Smith who is just a downright nasty man!
  • 8 0
 What is happening to CRC Nukeproof I wonder. I hope Mike Jones has a ride next year.
  • 1 3
 Check out our instagram this afternoon and you will have an answer. Wheelersmtbhols
  • 3 0
 Great news. They say a change is as good as a rest. Looking forward to some really solid results from the Norco squad. Come on Joe, bring on the results we know you are capable of. Exciting news for Henry. His face reminds me a bit of Mitch Delfs.
  • 6 0
 Yeah Henry! Congrats!!
  • 5 0
 Blenki has the best attitude on the circuit.
  • 4 0
 And maybe the best style
  • 2 0
 @russthedog: i think he's he's part of the reason a lot of kiwis go glovesless.
  • 5 1
 Solid team.....
  • 3 0
 I wanna see the prototype!!!!!!!!!!
  • 1 0
 Prototype? Did I miss something?
  • 1 0
 Wait, did I have to read? I just looked at the pictures.
  • 1 0
 @RussellTinka: last summer Blenkinsop (I think) rode a bike nobody has ever seen before in Whistler. Looked like a cross between an Evil Undead and a Commencal DH v4. You might be able to find it on the pinkbike search
  • 1 0
 @Lookinforit: thanks man. I'm on it.
  • 2 0
 photo credits denied :-( #thatsux
  • 1 0
 I am very curious to see the new bike
  • 1 0
 Is ed sheeran goin bikin?
  • 3 4
 I want to see Sam Hill ride for Trek!!!
  • 6 9
 Yeah smith on a sick bike again (last one was his operator imo) !!
  • 12 1
 nukeproof was a perfectly good bike?
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 @SourisLewis12: no ugly AF
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 @RedBurn: "well you know thats just like uh your opinion man" - Big Lebowski 1998
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