Killian Callaghan, Max Chapuis & Francescu-Maria Camoin Form New Look Specialized Enduro Team

Feb 6, 2019
by James Smurthwaite  
Max riding last summer

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."



The riders

Killian Callaghan turning it down on stage three.
Killian Callaghan

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.

bigquotesSo happy to finally announce that I'm on the Specialized enduro team for the coming season with Maxime Chapuis and Francescu-Maria Camoin . Getting to work with some great people this year and be full time at the biking is a dream come true!! Massive thanks to everyone who's helped me get here. Really excited to get racing!!Killian Callaghan

Maxime Chapuis

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.
Max Chapuis rails the bobsled section on stage 2.

bigquotesI’m really stoked to finally tell you that I’ll be part of the Specialized enduro racing team alongside Killian Callaghann and Francescu-Maria Camoin for the upcoming season!

It’s a big step for me to get a factory support and to get to work with awesome people! I can now focus only on my training and riding and I tell you it’s another story!
Thanks to everybody for the help and the support since the very beginning! You guys know you you are
Max Chapuis

Francescu-Maria Camoin

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.

bigquotesMy biggest dream comes true I’m officially in the Specialized Racing enduro team with Max Chapuis and Killian Callaghan. Wtf no words for that, just a big thanks to all the people who worked for that. I’m so happy and impatient to start this new season that looks awesome.Francescu-Maria Camoin

bigquotesWe’re elevating the next generation of great riders and heroes, and that means supporting a number of young riders, some of whom haven’t raced for a “factory team” before. Each rider on our roster, however, has the potential to shake things up on the world stage—and that’s what we aim to do. Every member of the Enduro team is an up and comer. If packing your team with young privateers sounds risky to some, well, maybe it is. Then again, look a bit deeper and the raw talent here is undeniable. All three racers have made their mark already, entirely on their own drive and initiative. Now they get a chance to show what they can do with full factory support behind them. It’s going to be good.Specialized

Other news


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.

DOWNHILL

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.



32 Comments

  • + 38
 I’m very glad that they are supporting new riders n very happy too that Jared is getting the support that he needs n deserves n that him n Keene didn’t just got drop off. Much respect Specialized!!
  • + 1
 Do you mean and?
  • + 25
 Never been a big fan of Spec, but good for them for sticking by Graves, and supporting all these "freeriders" we look up to. I'm guessing they didn't have to do that.
  • + 1
 agreed
  • + 18
 Jenny Rissveds is an excellent signing. Looking forward to seeing her back racing again.
  • + 14
 Well done Killian Callaghan - very well deserved!
  • + 10
 Biggest mtb racer signing this year? The return of rissveds
Woman’s XC a must watch
  • + 10
 Go Jenny!! Hope for a good comeback season.
  • + 7
 Any update on whether Jared (and Rude) are going to be sanctioned or not for 2019?
  • + 1
 If they are it will be from test date last year
  • + 6
 Miss ‘On Track’ with Kurtis. The fact that he never dominated made it a better show!
  • + 5
 Will they use the Stumpjumper Evo?
  • + 3
 If they are smart they will
  • + 1
 That's fantastic from Specialized to be supporting Jared in such a way. As much as these big bike brands are the butt of the jokes, that goes to show there is class within their ranks! Well done Specialized!
  • + 2
 Spesh back on rockshox? I thought they were sticking with ohlins for the race teams and would then pick up on the production bikes once ohlins got their problems sorted.
  • + 5
 That's an old picture of Max from his former deal. We don't have any official photos of the new team yet but judging by the guys' Instagrams they'll still be on Ohlins.
  • + 1
 @jamessmurthwaite: no privateers will be running ohlins with the problems they’ve had!
  • + 2
 Cool stuff. Glad for all of them. 17yrs old and getting top 20 results ..... what am I doing with my life Frown
  • + 2
 Good on Specialized for supporting Jared. At least I know where these high bike prices are going.
  • + 3
 Killian is Greg's cousin, not his brother
  • + 2
 Class act, supporting Jared. Well done, Specialized.
  • + 2
 good to hear that Killian's got a deal
  • + 1
 Just an FYI to Pinkbike, Jared's last name is spelled incorrectly in the 2nd paragraph. It's showing as "Jared Gaves".
  • + 2
 Allez Max and Kilian! Stoked for you
  • + 3
 Yeah Max! Well deserved!
  • + 3
 Congrats Max !
  • + 2
 awesome Jenny
  • + 1
 Curtis!!!
  • + 1
 cool....
  • + 0
 Pretty cool, but no fully supported female EWS riders is a mistake.
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