Specialized Enduro team has had a total refresh for 2019 with Killian Callaghan, Maxime Chapuis and Francescu-Maria Camoin taking up the reigns.
Curtis Keene is off the team but will apparently take on a new role at Specialized that will be announced soon. Jared Graves is on a special deal where he will still be supported by Specialized but under no pressure to race. Specialized said: "We stand by Jared in that fight and wish him a quick recovery. Jared is still a team member, with an extended contract for the season, whether or not he straps on a number plate in 2019. Jared has our support."
Killian is the cousin of EWS winner Greg and has already started forging his own bright path in the EWS. A winner and World Champion at Under 21 level, he graduated up into elites last year and picked up a top 20 at his first race at Petzen-Jamanica.
Max Chapuis made the switch from downhill to enduro two years ago and hasn't looked back. Max was already on a Specialized deal but now he graduates to the Factory team in what should be a fairly easy transition. Like Killian he's already banging in top 20 results at the EWS and will be looking for more of the same on the Factory team.
At just 17-years-old, Freancescu-Maria Camoin is a real investment from Specialized. Like Max, he was already on a Specialized deal and the connections run deeper as he's a rider for Pure Agency, that also runs the Specialized Gravity downhill team. Francescu has only raced three EWS races but is already putting in top 20 performances despite racing four years below the age limit for his category. Keep an eye on this pinner for the future.
PRESS RELEASE: Specialized
XCO FACTORY TEAM
Annika Langvad (DEN), Simon Andreassen (DEN), Christopher Blevins (USA), Sam Gaze (NZL), Howard Grotts (USA), Alan Hatherly (RSA)
Stacked. Specialized Racing’s XCO team is stacked with heavy hitters—some of the fastest, yet youngest talents on the world stage. Last year’s success is an indicator of just how much potential this squad truly has.
GLOBALLY-SUPPORTED XCO ATHLETES
Jenny Rissveds (SWE), Laura Stigger (AUT), Jaroslav Kulhavy (CZE)
For 2019, three athletes will be racing Specialized bikes on independent programs, two of which are new signings to the brand. 2016 XCO Olympic Champion, Jenny Rissveds, returns to full-time racing in 2019 with an eye towards raising awareness for children’s rights, a cause we wholeheartedly support. At just 18-years of age, Laura Stigger has earned three junior World Champion titles in XCO and Road, winning both the junior Women’s Road and XCO World Championships last year. Jaroslav Kulhavy, one of the most dominant cross-country racers of any generation, has moved from the Factory XCO program for 2019, but will no doubt continue to be a threat at every event.
Loic Bruni (FRA), Finn Iles (CAN)
Both Finn and Loic are prepared to return to the DH circuit in 2019 on full gas. Coming off a successful 2018 and having worked closely with Specialized’s engineering staff during the off season, the team is poised to spend a lot of time in the hot seat this year.
TRAIL & FREERIDE
Fabio Wibmer (AUT), Nicholi Rogatkin (USA), Martin Söderström (SWE), Hannah Barnes (GBR), Matt Hunter (CAN), Matty Miles (CAN), David McMillan (AUS), Coastal Crew – Dylan Dunkerton and Curtis Robinson (CAN)
Specialized’s Trail and Freeride athletes all return for 2019; they’re ready to drop jaws and ignite a passion for ditching the grind and hitting the trail. We’re setting big plans in motion this year and we’ll be bringing those adventures to riders the world over.