Loris Vergier Signs With Trek Factory Racing

Jan 1, 2021
by Sarah Moore  
Photos in article by Greg Germain, Matt Delorme, and Ross Bell.


One of the biggest names in World Cup DH, Loris Vergier, announced he was parting ways with the Syndicate mid-December. Now, Trek Factory Racing has announced he'll be on the team for 2021.

bigquotesI got the opportunity to jump on a project with a brand that I always looked up to and that fit what I desired and needed as a racer and took it! I’m 24, slowly starting to reach the goals I’ve set myself, and I found the team, the brand I trust to achieve them!Loris Vergier

bigquotesI’m fired up to have Loris joining the TFR program, I know he will fit in well with our crew. I’m proud of what we have accomplished the past few years of racing and look forward to seeing what we can do next season and beyond. Bring on 2021!Andrew Shandro





Vergier's teammates on Trek Factory Racing for 2021 will be World Champion Reece Wilson, Charlie Harrison and Kade Edwards. At an average age of just over 23, it's safe to say that Trek’s downhill riders still haven’t hit their ceiling.


bigquotesSo stoked to be riding for Trek again this year! Can’t wait to get back to it with the boys and have a ride with our new teammate. Good times to come!Kade Edwards

Harrison is particularly looking forward to 2021, after having to battle back from a wrist/hand injury before returning to competition and securing a podium at Crankworx in October.

bigquotesI’m extremely excited to extend and continue my relationship with Trek. I feel very honored to be involved with such a professional, fun and progressive program as TFR. After missing the 2020 season due to injury, I’m very much looking forward to having a healthy and consistent 2021 season, while battling for podium finishes!Charlie Harrison


Reece Wilson announced that he’d be re-signing with Trek in November, while unveiling his all-class World Champion-styled Session.

bigquotesI’m thrilled to have re-signed with Trek. The team is a tight family who do a great job of making the riders feel special while providing a structure for great performance. I’m excited to build on the recipe this winter and see where I can go.Reece Wilson

Ethan Shandro, who was unable to race 2020, will step back from the team in 2021 as he recovers from concussion symptoms. Trek will continue to support Ethan as he works towards a return to full-time racing.

Read more on the 2021 Trek Factory Racing Downhill squad here.


135 Comments

  • 192 1
 'The track is kinda brrap brap chkchkchkchk warranty claim brrap whoop boosh'
  • 54 0
 No more Looks like a Session....It'll be Sounds like Loris
  • 2 0
 @PocoBoho: hahaha
  • 5 0
 @PocoBoho: Someone needs to send this to Loris. Beautiful.
  • 2 0
 Anybody saw this coming?
  • 5 0
 I wonder how long his session with Trek will last?
  • 9 7
 Cool, but we all want to know who Yoann Barelli is riding for
  • 4 27
flag norcaljedi (Jan 2, 2021 at 12:54) (Below Threshold)
 @Waldon83: no one care who he is gonna ride for...
  • 121 0
 The Trek team is looking really stacked now. That being said, I'm definitely going to miss the Loris vs. Jordi banter at the Fox truck.
  • 54 39
 Ye having Loris leaving the Syndicate is a big bummer, with Jordi they were pretty much the only content I had fun watching and now he will be on a boring team. I hope he gets his results and goals tho.
  • 144 22
 @Balgaroth: dissapointing to see your fun levels weren't considered when these decisions were made. You deserved more.
  • 66 16
 @mi-bike: You People are so sensitive when a comment isn't all about group hugs. @Balgaroth is simply saying that Syndicate had more entertaining content and Loris was at the forefront of the entertainment, especially mixed with Jordi; bringing fans more to enjoy, unlike Trek and their video content.
  • 14 0
 Also loved seeing Minnaar in the mix with Jordi and Loris.
  • 14 0
 @likeittacky: does Trek even have video content?? I mean team content a la SCS because we all know that Kade's content is basically all they actually need
  • 13 9
 @Balgaroth: the only MTB content you enjoy is somebody making funny noises while another guy looks on disapprovingly?
  • 4 0
 @johnnyboy11000: Yes because it was funny and original. Race reports are roughly all the same so it gets old quickly especially since most teams don't really have this sort of alchemy. Watching the race is repetitive and I'd rather ride than watch someone else ride. I enjoy Semenuk's edit and used to enjoy Lunn's content, Metalier is up there too, all are rather original.
@mi-bike I know !!! How dare they ?!?
  • 56 0
 Congratulations Lori’s,
Sad to hear about Ethan Shandro’s struggle with concussion symptoms. Must be incredibly frustrating for him. Glad he is taking recovery seriously and that Trek is supporting that decision.
  • 17 3
 Really tough. If he’s still having significant neurological issues at this point, I don’t think that racing will be in his future.
  • 4 0
 Agreed. Props to Trek for continuing to support him.
  • 37 0
 Get that cash while you can, loris can employ jordi as a translater in sram tent.
Sram: how did the first couple test runs go loris?
Loris: bratt ta tata ca ca caca brrrrrring bumpp bump bump.....
Jordi: he needs two clicks to slow up the rebound
  • 37 1
 I'm going to miss Jordi's and Loris's suspension tuning vids.
  • 5 0
 Jordi's vids come alive when someone doesn't work the way he does.
  • 1 0
 Seriously, how is he gonna set up his suspension without Jordi?
  • 12 3
 Tomorrows news: Rock Shox hires Jordi Big Grin
  • 26 1
 Loris is entitled to look after himself financially so good on him.

Lets not forget, whatever you think about Trek, they're a big brand with big resources.

Also, lets face it, these pros could ride the shit out of any of the big brand bikes out there. So it really is a questions of who's gonna pay the most. Its (potentially) a short career so why not make the most out of it.

But it is a damn shame he won't be in the Syndicate anymore. Their team dynamic seems really cool (from the outside anyway) and also will miss his puzzling with Jordi and the Fox team.
  • 6 1
 I reckon Greg Minaar approves of your use of the word 'potentially' there.
  • 24 0
 Team is dripping in style , be good to see him mix it up with Kade on some freeride stuff
  • 13 0
 Isn't kade pretty fast too? Sometimes you get that right mix of skills and personalities riding together everybody steps up. Feeling like this will be one of those situations.
  • 10 0
 @Grosey: he’s insanely quick, but with even more style, Loris is sick with style too so I just hope they session and grow together
  • 2 2
 @Grosey: seconded. It’s going to be a belter of a year for a spanking team!
  • 8 5
 @Grosey: Kades fast but his future is more on freeride imo, he's more a brendog than a commited WC racer
  • 16 1
 @fuzzydunlop: he’s on one of the top WC teams and won the junior world champs two years ago. Not sure how you could say he’s not a committed WC racer.
  • 3 0
 @sino428: In fairness, I'd say Kade is far more likely to podium at Rampage in the next 5 years than at a WC. The frenchies are just on another level and will be for sometime.
  • 15 1
 Riding RS suspension .... Jordi must be heart broken ... or relieved Razz

Best wishes with the new team Loris!
  • 4 0
 Hope Loris finds someone new to f*** with on the new team and it gets filmed.


youtu.be/-LMLGuOkK6w
  • 10 0
 You can't even get this team on the fantasy league, too expensive no?
  • 6 0
 Holy shit Andrew the stable is stacked! Awesome. Glad to see two OG’z still runnin the circus. Well Gabe ain’t runnin anywhere lol. People you should know that Andrew is monster of Canadian mountain biking. World Cup winner and one of the original Sombrio Cartel along with Dave W. and Gabe Fox from Canyon. Seeing these two guys succeed on the other side of the bars makes me very happy.
  • 10 0
 Awesome team.
  • 11 3
 Loris deserves to be on a team where he can be the top rider, hopefully that works out for him on Trek.
  • 1 0
 Agreed
  • 40 1
 Sure World Champ Reece Wilson will fight him for that crown...
  • 5 0
 @linton-photo: Nothing wrong with a bit of healthy rivalry, it worked OK for Loris on SC anyway.
  • 36 22
 @linton-photo: Lets be honest, on a dry track, Reece won’t see which way Loris went.
  • 2 1
 Don't you become the top rider by being the top rider? It is all about the $$$$.
  • 7 5
 @linton-photo: no harm trying sure but the numbers are not speaking in his favor aside from one anomalie in the data.
  • 28 4
 @jclnv: wrong. Reece podiumed Fort Bill in the dry.
  • 6 4
 @jclnv: That's a little reductive. They were the two men to beat in 2020 and I fully expect they'll be sharing podiums this year.
  • 5 1
 Insane that Loris is such an absolute dominant force on the WC that he can literally walk onto any team and be considered their top rider, World Champ's team or otherwise.
  • 4 0
 it's all about the vibe and how they help each other, not about who's the best. I think its gunna be good! Trek has the best and most interesting team and they really balance things well! Shandro is doing a good job!
  • 4 0
 The team is stacked with talent and speed. Loris has been the most consistent and most winning so far, but they're all young, hungry, and ready to charge. If Charlie, Reece, and Kade can hone their racecraft a bit, as Loris did in the last 2 years, they can all be right in the mix on a more regular basis. This is going to be a great team!
  • 4 5
 @UpNorthMTB: Home advantage? Obviously he’s an amazing rider, aren’t they all? But Loris is probably the most consistently fast guy out there. I don’t even think Bruni is at his level.
  • 1 0
 Can someone explain the 'lead rider in the team' thing? Does that person get more attention, better parts or something? When you're on track it's just you and the clock. Or is it about the money?
  • 2 0
 @jclnv: I don’t honestly believe it exists in DH. Generally crowds at events are as supportive to every rider regardless of their nationality. Home advantage would also suggest that the Brits would win or all place very well at Ft Bill every year, which as we’ve seen is rarely the case (Danny Hart for example, seems to never quite click for him there)
  • 1 0
 @Jacquers: I think it's all the above, plus gives more exposure, probably the biggest team change of the year!
  • 12 3
 NOBODY saw this coming! It was such a well kept secret! Just shocking!
  • 9 1
 Oh Loris, you were the only one that could pull off those purple Fox trousers. So disappointed.
  • 7 0
 Have fun trying to explain that braap skidikidpatpat swoosh skr skr to that RockShox engineer!
  • 3 0
 I was really hoping the new hsp session rumor was true but still very excited for loris to show what he can do on Trek and almost all new components !
  • 8 0
 don't give up hope on the new bike just yet...
  • 2 0
 So he's going to have different tyres, different brakes, different suspension, different wheels and a new frame to contend with. Imagine all of the puzzling behind the scenes!
  • 3 1
 good thing, everything is easier to adjust and he can focus more on his mental state and stock rockshox stuff is deff not the same as factory, these guys sometimes run progressive boxxer coils not saying that fox isnt modded for racers but theirs less of a difference between consumer and pro setups than RS pretty sure vpp and abp function very similarly, the differences being frame dimensions and lev ratio, although i think the new v10's have lower overall leverage ratios than before
  • 4 0
 It was like chatchat chatchat, pffftttttt, chatchattttt
  • 2 0
 Big change in components and bike. Hope he gets it figured out quick as he was on fire on the v10. Am also sure he will have alot of input on the upcoming session.
  • 1 0
 What rumors are there for it so far?
  • 1 1
 I wonder if he will mullet the Session
  • 1 0
 @jaame: in the pics he is already on a mullet. Wilson was too.
  • 4 1
 Let's see a high pivot session daaangg
  • 2 1
 @ORTOGONAL555: good eye, you’re spot on!
  • 1 0
 But will Trek offer a DH mullet bike that isn't a bazillion dollars and only in that ugly red color?
  • 1 0
 @blowmyfuse: One can always put a 27.5 wheel in and use it in the high setting (if the Session has the two settings like the Slash).

Word has it a totally new patform is coming out though.
  • 2 0
 I wish we got to see salaries like we do in most pro sports. Im guessing that was the major motivating factor to get off that team on a v10 to a session...
  • 1 1
 Wonder how long it will be until we see them on a new proto dh frame? Reece rides the 29 frame as a mullet, Loris is a mullet set up fan, in the pic his bike is a 29 with mullet set up too, frames are a few years old so time for something new, longer lower slacker. First Worldcup? Testing 2021 for release 22 model year so say august 2021 release to public?
  • 1 0
 I'm a huge Vergier fan... He's gotta be in my top 3 favorite riders. I was surprised by this, but I can definitely see how this will create a very thriving team... Gonna be a fun season hopefully
  • 1 0
 How much do you guys think his salary is? The whole MTB scene is very secretive about financial stuff. Just curious what a rider if Loris’ standing would be worth.

£200k a year?
  • 1 0
 If A_ _ _n 's was 1M, for the all package ! You aren't far away !
  • 3 0
 Congratulations Loris! Welcome to Waterloo.
  • 2 0
 Hope they arrange a chauffeur when he visits. Can't risk he has to find it himself.
  • 1 0
 @mi-bike: Ha, true. It's actually not hard to find.
  • 3 0
 @dorkbike: and there lies the problem. I don't want to see Loris find his Waterloo.
  • 3 0
 Oh my, who would have thought
  • 1 0
 Congrats Loris! This was definitely a shocker to me, but I’m excited to see what trek’s team has in store for us next race season!
  • 1 1
 That’s a strong looking Trek team and if Kade can find the missing ingredients to bring his racing up to the level of his other skills on the bike, they’ll be a real threat all round.
  • 1 0
 I wonder if Rockshox were pulling strings behind the scenes, wanting more potential podium places now that Commencal aren't using them?
  • 2 0
 Jordi is sooooooo drunk right now!!!! "Free at last. free at last, God almighty, I'm free at last" !
  • 1 0
 Was really sad when reading Loris was leaving the Syndicate but I can wait to see him riding on his new bike. I expect some incredible fight with Bruni and other.
  • 1 0
 I hope I'm wrong but I think it will be a while before loris is back up to speed on trek...too much puzzling,alot of big changes in bike, components etc
  • 3 0
 #stacked
  • 1 1
 #stocked
  • 1 1
 #sticked
  • 1 1
 #stucked ?
  • 2 0
 Thunderbolts and lightning!
  • 2 0
 Very very frightening meeeee
  • 1 0
 Gonna look good ! Good luck for the season, Loris ! Hope you will enjoy the bike, and perform with it !
  • 1 0
 He's going to have the same winning results Gwin had on Trek now Still think Balfa should have signed him...
  • 2 0
 Wonder if he will be instrumental in developing the new session??
  • 1 0
 Next: Jordi signs with Rockshox to support the Trek team? Please, pretty please?!!
  • 1 0
 Loris is back on SRAM/ROCKSHOX,however I still hope that TFR will be back on SHIMANO/FOX in someday
  • 1 0
 Loris’s celebrity doppleganger is Remi Malek. Only he’s more buff and rides DH.
  • 1 0
 Take the EPO Loris. No one is looking. No one will find out. Just take it.
  • 1 1
 Congrtas. Loris joins a pro level team where he is free from high school, grab ass, booz olympics and community T.V B.S interviews on dilaed. Love it.
  • 1 0
 so he took a boring corporate job, got it
  • 1 0
 What a team. Bring on the race season. Heal up Mr. Shandro, we look forward to your return
  • 2 0
 $$$$
  • 3 0
 Is that good or is that bad?
  • 4 1
 @mi-bike: since racer's careers do have an end, it's only logical innit?
  • 3 0
 best decision of his life
  • 1 0
 This news needs a Loris + Florian edit
  • 1 0
 Well, L wasn't expecting that.
  • 1 0
 The worst kept secret ever!
  • 1 0
 Looks like he will be on Session...!
  • 1 0
 GTFR on MICHELIN tires and ALPINE STARS helmets!!!
  • 2 0
 sick,sick,sick!!!
  • 1 0
 nooooooo. no more dialed with loris!!!!
  • 1 0
 I'm really gonna miss his interactions with Jordi. Always entertaining.
  • 1 0
 That Glamour shot though!
  • 1 0
 Yo! No more puzzlin with the one and only ?!? Frown Frown Frown
  • 1 0
 Who ever the rockshox mechanic is must be dreading the new season haha
  • 1 0
 Really hope he comes with a translation guide
  • 1 0
 HOT STUFF
  • 1 0
 Cash is king
  • 1 1
 How is he ever going to win another race without fox and maxxis.......
  • 1 1
 From Fox and VPP to RS and vertical shock.... I hope he does well.
  • 2 3
 They have to have offered him twice the pay.
  • 1 2
 delete your twitter now so trek doesn't bench you for breathing on it
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