[Updated - Dante Silva Joins the Canyon CLLCTV DH Team] Round Up: A Complete Timeline of 2023 Team Moves

Jan 30, 2023
by Ed Spratt  
As Racing Rumour season gets into full swing we have pulled together all of the departures and retirements so far this offseason and this will be updated as more news comes in.



Dante Silva Joins the Canyon CLLCTV Factory DH Team


bigquotesJoin us in saying a big welcome to @dantesilva_122 as he joins us in 2023 on the CLLCTV Factory Team. Dante has been riding a @canyon Sender for a few seasons, most notably last year on the Pirelli team and now joins @troybrosnan @luca_shaw and @millejohnset on the DH circuit .

Congrats Dante!
Canyon CLLCTV



Louise Ferguson & Veronika Widmann Join Continental Nukeproof Factory Racing


bigquotesYou’ve got to have serious talent to finish 3rd place in the overall World Cup rankings, Veronika has just that. She has been a consistent contender for a World Cup podium for the past 5 years. With added fuel to the fire for 2023, a fresh team and support, there is a new level of motivation to be challenging the top of the time sheets. We look forward to seeing what is possible for the multiple Italian National Champion. Continental Nukeproof Factory Racing


bigquotesWhat a year it was for the young Scottish ace. Sending lines in the desert at Red Bull Formation, racing EWS, multiple victories on the Crankworx World Series and an incredible podium at the Leogang Downhill World Cup. Not bad in your first season of international racing. She’s moving across to Continental-Nukeproof Factory Racing to enjoy a full assault on the Downhill World Cup Series with the team fully behind her. Continental Nukeproof Factory Racing



Jesse Melamed Joins the Canyon CLLCTV Enduro Team

Photo: Sterling Lorence

One of the big off-season rumours has finally been answered as Canyon announces Jesse Melamed is joining the Canyon CLLCTV Enduro Team.

bigquotesI am stoked to be a part of the Canyon CLLCTV! Canyon is a brand that is passionate about racing and one that will always push the limits of what is possible, and that's an exciting journey to be a part of. I can't wait to see what we can achieve together. Jesse Melamed

bigquotesJesse has shown incredible speed in the past seasons, and already his input and approaches to racing and finding speed on track have been super valuable. Without a doubt Jesse will add a vital dimension to the team. His great performances will help us get to the next level as one of the most inspiring teams on the UCI EDR circuit Fabien Barel



Christopher Grice Joins Specialized Gen-S


bigquotesWELCOME CRISPY Good vibes, talent, hard work, bring it on 2023 GenerationSpecialized



Mille Johnset Joins the Canyon CLLCTV Factory DH Team

SRAM Blackbox testing with Mille Johnset. Blausasc France 2022. Photo by Matt Wragg.
Photo: Matt Wragg

Canyon has announced that Mille Johnset will be joining its CLLCTV Factory DH Team.

After previously racing on the now disbanded Commencal/100% team Mille Johnset has made the jump to the CLLCTV Factory DH Team and will be racing alongside Troy Brosnan and Luca Shaw once World Cup racing finally kicks off in June.

bigquotesI am super excited to be joining the CLLCTV. They are one of the best and most professional teams out here in my opinion and it’s an honour to be part of it. For me personally I think it’s the perfect timing to be joining their program. I never been more motivated or wanted it more. Working with the team, people and riders will be super good experience and I’m going to learn a lot. I’ve always been a fan of the Canyon brand and their bikes. Already after just a few weeks I feel so at home on the Sender. I'm super excited to see what we can do in 2023! Mille Johnset

bigquotesMille has shown huge potential in recent seasons so it’s super exciting to welcome her onto the program. We're looking forward to working with her to unlock even more speed than she already has, helping her to target podium places in the upcoming season. Fabien Barel



Lapierre Returns to World Cup XC After 11 Years with the Lapierre Mavic Unity Team


After an 11-year hiatus Lapierre is back racing at World Cups with the newly formed Lapierre-Mavic Unity team.

The new Lapierre XC will be focusing on the XC and XCC Short Track World Cup calendar while also committing to the next two Olympic events in 2024 and 2028. With the new team, Lapierre will have its own teams in XC, Enduro and e-Enduro racing.

Filling out the roster on the Lapierre-Mavic Unity team is Malene Degn, Annie Last, Isaure Medde, Sebastian Fini Carstensen, Thomas Litscher and Erik Haegstad.

bigquotesCross-country is an important part of Lapierre’s DNA and history. The brand has been focused on performance sports for over 25 years, so after road and enduro, it’s time to return to the XC scene. We are therefore very happy to have been able to finalize this project, with a team and partners, such as Mavic, that match our values. Dorian Tabeau, Lapierre brand manager

Alongside racing on Lapierre bikes the team will be using Mavic's Crossmax SL Ultimate carbon wheels, Fox suspension, components from FSA and Michelin tires.



Greg Williamson Signs With Madison Saracen


PRESS RELEASE: Madison Saracen

Madison Saracen is delighted to announce the signing of Greg Williamson to complete its line-up for the 2023 season. With three World Cup podiums to his name, Greg knows a thing or two about mixing it with the best and teaming him with World Cup winner Matt Walker, Madison Saracen once again has a very strong line-up for the coming season.

As well as those podium finishes, Greg is a two-time British DH Champion and has finished top 10 at the World Championships as well as top 10 in the overall World Cup series. He’s been racing Elite level downhill for a decade and brings a wealth of talent and experience to Madison Saracen.

Greg has been getting in valuable bike time on his first team training camp in Portugal


This news comes shortly after Madison Saracen announced the return of its Development Team to complete the all-British set-up for 2023. Having the experience on hand of two high-profile riders in Matt and Greg will undoubtedly help these young riders as they look to carve out their future in the sport.

Hopes are high for the British pair in 2023

Greg Williamson said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have signed with Madison Saracen. It has been a breath of fresh air having spent a decent amount of time away testing and training with the team already. Can’t thank them enough for making me feel welcome and comfortable on the bike so soon. Bring on the race season!”

Will Longden, Madison Saracen Team Manager, said: “It’s fantastic that Greg is joining the team this year, as British Champion and a well-respected rider worldwide, he makes the perfect team mate to Matt Walker. Both have the experience and respect to bring the best out in each other and I’m sure we are going to have a lot of fun along the way.

“It’s a big year for the World Cup as Warner Brothers Discovery come in to rejuvenate the series with some exciting new changes and plans that we’re all looking forward to. Along with this, the World Championships in Fort William Scotland, Greg’s homeland, is going to be an amazing event and a focus of our racing year. Bring it on!”

Matt Walker has also been dialling in the bike set-up

The 2023 Downhill World Cup season kicks off in Lenzerheide in early June and Madison Saracen will be on the start line, but they have plenty of other racing lined up as well so it won’t be long before you’ll get to see Matt and Greg in action.



Johannes Fischbach Signs with GasGas


bigquotesHe’s fast, sometimes wild and lives for mountainbiking! @johannesfischbach88 welcome to our GASGAS crew.

An 8-time German Downhill MTB Champ and one of the top World Cup racers, Fischi’s passion for bikes and pushing limits is what we love about him!
GasGas



Tim Bringer & Griffin Paulson Join the Canyon CLLCTV


bigquotesWelcome to the @canyon_cllctv family, @timbringer!

From "Rookie of the Year 2019“ to a 3rd place overall in last year´s FMD World Tour: we are excited to support the French slopestyle rider on his future journey and can´t wait to see what this season will bring. Let´s go!
Canyon CLLCTV


bigquotesUnbelievably excited to announce that I am now riding for @canyon @canyon_cllctv . This has always been my absolute dream bike sponsor and I’m so grateful to ride for such a top notch brand! Griffin Paulson



Sam Blenkinsop Signs With Crestline Bike Co.


bigquotesSo stoked to be working with @crestlinebikes bikes for the coming season, watch this space in the coming weeks. Sam Blenkinsop



Henrique Avancini Joins the Caloi Henrique Avancini Racing Team


bigquotesMy motivation was to find renewed challenges and aim for new achievements. To get the chance to invest on the new generation like never before. An operation and solid management at highest level in Brazil and also in Europe. The opportunity to develop and impact the market and bicycle culture. The responsibility to set a new reference level. A team that carries the Brazilian DNA.

That's my new team and the biggest project I was ever part of.

Caloi / Henrique Avancini Racing, the team I had in my dreams, is now real!
Henrique Avancini



Charlie Harrison Joins Santa Cruz in Development Role


Following the announcement of his retirement at the end of last year, Charlie Harrison has revealed that he will be using his skills and experience to help develop future bikes for Santa Cruz.

bigquotesI had this conversation with @joshmosiman at #camprev while listening to his story of stepping away from racing and then in turn, seeing what the Lord gave back to him, and it was so relatable to myself. Since stepping away from racing to pursue my ultimate career in life, I’ve been able to rediscover how much I truly do love riding mountain bikes. I didn’t leave racing with any inclination that there would be opportunities outside of racing, but after I quickly realized that I have so much love for the sport and still want to contribute to it, everything started falling into place. I’m very honored to be a part of the @santacruzbicycles team helping @kiran.mackinnon on the development side of things. Testing has always been something that I’ve greatly enjoyed, so I’m extremely grateful that I’ve found an outlet to help such an iconic brand develop bikes. It means the world to me that I’ve been able to find an awesome group of companies that want to be involved with Charlie Harrison even outside of the racing space. It’s been so pivotal to me having the realization that I can do bikes without the racing side of things, and I’ve been enjoying myself while riding more than I have since I can remember. Thank you so much to the brands that are part of this post retirement journey, it’s greatly appreciated I’m honored to be involved with you. Charlie Harrison



Craig Evans Signs with Airdrop


bigquotesReally buzzing to be joining @airdropbikes I’ve been a fan of what Ed, James and Andy have been growing for a long time and it definitely feels like home to me, thanks for making me part of it. Craig Evans



Lewis Buchanan Signs with OnlyFans


bigquotesWOW…I am proud and very stoked to announce my signing with @OnlyFans for 2023 as title sponsor. I have always wanted to partner with a company outside the MTB industry but who are keen to get stuck into something new. Onlyfans is a social media platform where anyone can be creative and showcase their talents. Sharing exclusive content or whatever you are passionate about and connecting with your fans.

I will use my account to share my tips and tricks on bike setup, on track tips and behind the scenes footage at events across the world. It is cool to bring a brand this large into the MTB world and I’m excited on what this will do for me and everyone involved. I look forward to working alongside the people behind the company and having their support and backing to create the coolest MTB content and visit the most insane locations around the world on two wheels. This job I do is a business more than it ever used to be and I am proud of myself for making moves outside of the industry, stepping into something that’s never been done before in MTB and to see this come together after months of piecing it together.
Lewis Buchanan



Jamie Edmondson Signs with Chili Racing Brigade


bigquotesNew Year, New Me

Excited to start with @chiliracingbrigade

Big year of racing DH World Cups coming up
Jamie Edmondson



Keegan Swenson Signs for 3 More Years with Santa Cruz


bigquotesThrilled to announce that I have renewed my contract with @santacruzbicycles for the next three years !
I had a lot of opportunities for 2023, but in the end I didn’t get the #htSQD team logo tattooed with @mctubbbin and @jordandn back in 2021 for nothing
Keegan Swenson



Amy Morrison Signs with Transition


bigquotesStoked to share I will be joining the coolest party in the woods !! I couldn’t think of a better @transitionbikes into 2023 (and beyond )!
.
Super excited to be surrounded by so many rad and inspiring riders on Transition. Looking forward to an awesome year full of wild adventures!
Amy Morrison



Lewis Buchanan Signs with Hayes and Delium


bigquotesA lot is new this year and I’m stoked to announce two new signings with @hayesbrakes & @deliumtires . For me brakes are insanely important and to have a powerful brake with great modulation and lever feel is no1 and I am getting that from the dominion a4’s. Delium have been wicked straight from the get go and I am impressed with the compound of the rubber and the tread pattern. Not to mention how INSANE the price point of the tyres are.

Can’t beat that, so check them out and give them a try. Next up…the biggie
Lewis Buchanan



Vaea Verbeeck Staying with Rocky Mountain for Another 2 Years


bigquotesBeyond happy to stay onboard @rockymountainbicycles for another 2 years! by the end of next year we will be celebrating 10 years of partnership!! That blows my mind.

I remember day 1 like it was yesterday and it is still such an honour to represent our favourite North Shore brand

Little throwback slideshow to celebrate the successful paths we took together. From World Cup racing, many injuries & recoveries, introducing new disciplines, many come backs & wins, memorable filming projects, starting a freeride career and who knows where else the future will take us! I am beyond grateful for their trust and continued support over the years.

Cheers to loving the ride!
Vaea Verbeeck



Kasper Woolley Moves on from Yeti

Kasper Woolley threw down today to run as high as third for a few stages before ending the day in 4th.

Kasper Woolley has announced on social media that he is leaving Yeti after three years. Kasper secured multiple top 10 EWS finishes during the 2021 season but had a difficult year in 2022 with multiple injuries including a freak pump track accident in Whistler. 2022 was the first season for Kasper on the full factory team after taking impressive results while on the Yeti / OneUp team.


bigquotesSaying goodbye to the @yeticycles squad after 3 years, man time flies. Endlessly thankful for all the support and amazing opportunities over the years. It was fun travelling the world and making memories with this crew. Thank you all

New year and hopefully a new me?
Excited for what’s next
Kasper Woolley



Chris Akrigg Parts Ways with GT


Chris Akrigg has announced on social media that he is leaving GT after three years. Chris joined GT at the start of 2020 after being with Mongoose for 12 years. As part of his announcement Chris also mentioned he is leaving Cycling Sports Group who he has worked with for 15 years.


bigquotesIf someone had told me way back when I first saw @hansnowayrey on a GT on the front cover of a magazine riding trials that one day I’d be a Pro rider for GT bicycles also, I would of probably laughed but over the last three years that is exactly what I’ve been!

My time has come to move on from GT ! It has been an awesome three years and I am honoured to now be a small part of GT’s amazing history alongside so many legends of the sport!

I would like to thank everyone that I’ve worked with at GT and also cycling sports group who up until 5 days ago I have been a part of for fifteen years!

So this chapter has come to an end, but there is another one starting very soon! Watch this space, start the rumour mill up…..
Chris Akrigg



Miranda Miller Parts Ways with Kona

Miranda Miller started with a string result in the Pro Stage on Saturday before losing time throughout the day Sunday to finish in 10th

Miranda Miller has announced on social media that she will be leaving Kona after four years. From racing DH to the EWS and a less conventional approach to racing in 2022. The past year saw the launch of DVRGNT Minds and the five-part film series 'Here, There, Everywhere.'


bigquotesIt’s hard to sum up the last 4 years in one post, but what an amazing life! I feel fortunate to have had so many great opportunities, from the people I’ve met and worked with, to the places travelled and events experienced. Working with Kona was unique as they were down to support me in anything and everything that I wanted to do! From racing, filming, writing and riding- they gave me the freedom and support that eventually lead to the creation of @dvrgnt_minds Here, There, Everywhere and one of the best years of my life. The beautiful thing about this industry is that although we are no longer “working” together, we are still in each other lives as friends. Thank-you for the love and support that got me to this point! Miranda Miller



Victor Koretzky & Martin Vidaurre Join Specialized Factory Racing


Specialized's XC race team will feature two new riders in 2023 as Victor Koretzky and Martin Vidaurre are added to the roster.

Joining Specialized's Factory XC team in 2023 Martin Vidaurre will be taking on his first Elite season following a very successful 2022 World Cup series where he won all but one race. Joining Martin as another fresh face on the team is Victor Koretzky who was a last-minute addition to Specialized's team after the collapse of his previous road racing team. Since his last team ended Victor was picked up by the Bora Hansgrohe team where he will race on the road alongside XC World Cups with Specialized.

bigquotesI am happy and very excited to join the Specialized Factory Racing Team. So many factors influenced my decision, but Specialized is a racing company, one of the best out there, and I am sure I made the best decision for me. The bikes have a good history, and the team knows how to win. On the other side is Specialized's big community in Sudamerica. For sure is not going to be easy; there is a lot to learn, but I will keep my style and try something crazy. I have no significant pressure, so it's time to take opportunities and get more experience. My goal will be consistent the whole season. Martin Vidaurre

bigquotesI am excited to join the Specialized Factory Team for 2023 and beyond. The decision was made very late after my last team could not fulfil commitments, but I am happy to have signed with a team where I can chase my dreams. I will be riding for Bora Hansgrohe on the road, and we will target some one-day races. I aim to be in good form early in the season and perform well at these road races before turning my attention to the MTB. The world championships in Scotland will be significant to qualify for the 2024 games, and I will give everything to achieve this goal. Unfortunately, I have not been able to join the team at the recent camp, but I know all the riders, and I am excited to join them in person very soon Victor Koretzky

bigquotesPersonally, I’m super excited about the two new riders we managed to sign for the next few years……Martin made his first impression back in 2020 at WC in Leogang….. he was the most outstanding rider of the weekend as he enjoyed the crazy wet and muddy conditions….. and managed to entertain the crowd without even winning the race. From there onwards, we followed his development and gave all we had to convince him to join our team in 2023. With Victor, we exchanged some messages during the season as he is also a very talented and exciting rider with the right mindset and shares the team spirit. Still, with his ongoing contract till the end of 2023 with B&B Hotels, we were just on standby and willing to race in 2023 with “only “ 5 riders on the team. Once the rumour of the default of the B&B team started and Victor was legally allowed to have conversations with other teams again, we continued our discussions, and together with Bora Hansgrohe, we could offer him the ideal environment to fulfil his desire to become a champ on MTB, and road hopefully. This is the most exciting and hopefully the strongest XCO team I have worked with since I’m with Specialized! Benno Willeit, Team Manager

Victor Koretzky and Martin Vidaurre will join Haley Batten, Laura Stigger, Sina Frei and Christopher Blevins who are returning to the team in 2023.



Filippo Colombo Joins the Scott-SRAM Racing Team


bigquotesAmazing feeling being part of this team! Could not ask for anything better! Filippo Colombo

bigquotesThe SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing Team proudly presents the newest edition to the team - Filippo Colombo!
While Lars Forster is leaving the team for Thömus Racing, we are excited about the arrival of the 25 year old Swiss, coming from the Absolute Absalon BMC Racing Team, who will complete the team's setup alongside Nino Schurter, Kate Courtney and Andri Frischknecht.
Scott



Giant Factory Racing Launches 2023 Team Roster Including Luke & Remy Meier-Smith


Giant Factory Racing has announced its new lineup of riders for 2023 including the signing of Luke and Remy Meier-Smith.

The Giant team has expanded its focus to take on all three main World Cup disciplines with riders set to tackle XC, DH and Enduro races. The big signings for 2023 are Luke and Remy Meier-Smith joining from the Propain team with both riders looking to take on Downhill and Enduro World Cups. The XC team sees the biggest shakeup in terms of riders with Antoine Philipp being joined by fresh faces Jens Schuermans, Alexandre Balmer and Carter Woods.

bigquotesThis is a really exciting year ahead for the team on so many levels. It starts with our five new athletes. It’s a big move for a rider to switch programs, so creating a seamless transition for them was our top priority. It’s been great to see their first impressions and watch their confidence take off. It’s really a testament to our industry-leading sponsors and to the work our five returning athletes have done with Giant to help develop new bikes. We’re excited for the world to see what’s coming! Giant Factory Off-Road Team Manager Sebastian Boyington

Returning for 2023 Youn Deniaud and Mckay Vezina will continue racing enduro as they will now take on the newly formed Enduro World Cup series while Josh Carlson will be focusing on e-Enduro events.

2023 Giant Factory Off-Road Team:
- Alexandre Balmer (SUI), XC
- Josh Carlson (AUS), E-bike
- Youn Deniaud (FRA), Enduro
- Luke Meier-Smith (AUS), DH and Enduro
- Remy Meier-Smith (AUS), DH and Enduro
- Antoine Philipp (FRA), XC
- Jens Schuermans (BEL), XC
- Rémi Thirion (FRA), DH
- Mckay Vezina (CAN), Enduro
- Carter Woods (CAN), XC



Joe Connell Parts Ways with Orange


bigquotesThe time has come to say goodbye to @orangebikes - I want to say a massive thank you to everyone at the company and the team, for the last two years of travelling the world and racing bikes! It’s been a wild ride!

For this season, I’m putting together my own program and preparing the best I can to do better than ever at the races.
Joe Connell



Joe Nation Leaves Pole


bigquotes2023, time for a fresh start!
Massive thanks to @polebicycles for the past 4 years of racing! Such good times and had the opportunity to test and race some cutting edge bikes.
Unfortunately the timing of this news means I’m unsure of the next step but it will undoubtedly involve bikes and racing them.
Joe Nation



Maxime Marotte Joins the Rockrider Racing Team


bigquotesHere we are, the next 2 years I will ride for
@rockrider_racing_team. I am more than happy to ride for such a great team with people that are very important in my eyes. I trust in them and in @rockrider_bikes and I am convinced that I will have all the ressources to race at my best. It could look strange for some of you guys but believe me or not we will surprise you in many ways... stay tuned
Maxime Marotte



Mille Johnset Leaves the Commencal 100% Team


bigquotesIIIKKKK! This year has been an amazing experience, many many laughs and a few tears (as always) To be part of @commencal_100 for the last year was really refreshing and got to build a lot of new friendships and sponsorship that I’m taking with me into the future! Super thankful to @pichgeorges for believing in me, giving me a chance and never stoped helping me! Sad to part ways with the funnies team and very good sponsors but we’re all going out different way and ending it the best way possible thank you so much Mille Johnset



After Joining in 2007 Jaroslav Kulhavy Leaves Specialized


bigquotesHuge thanks to Specialized for the “Our successful -historical journey “ stared in 2007! Now is time for change and new challenges. Jaroslav Kulhavy



Sam Pilgrim Signs with Canyon

bigquotesHello everyone. 2023 with Canyon is gonna be epic. It’s a dream come true. I'll be riding the best bikes alongside the sickest team which means loads of amazing times, a bunch of sick videos coming your way and I’ll be hitting a few contests over the year, and loving every minute of it. Let's go!Sam Pilgrim


bigquotesHe first came to our attention on the international stage at 17 with a victory in Austria's King of Dirt competition. The FMB World Tour Champion title came in 2013 and podium places at Crankworx, Dirtmasters, Red Bull Joyride, and FISE festival followed. His noticeable appearances at X-Games and Red Bull Rampage have since contributed to his legendary status.

In 2015 Sam directed his focus into content making and launched the Sam Pilgrim Youtube channel. It grew into one of the biggest channels in the MTB world. And despite the demands of managing a highly popular Youtube channel, Sam continues striving to meet his personal challenge of one podium place per year. Alongside this, his challenges, trips, and adventures inspire a huge number of riders across the globe.

As someone who will ride just about any bike, anywhere, anytime, Sam will be repping most of Canyon's MTB range. For freestyle and street riding duties the Stitched 720 and Stitched 360 dirt jump bikes with their 'category 5' abuse rating are perfect. For trail riding, he'll use Canyon's Spectral and Stoic models, whereas for bike park days and big mountain hits the Canyon Torque will be Sam's go-to bike. And when he wants to hit the trails lap after lap, Sam's Spectral:ON and Torque:ON e-MTBs will be the stars of the show.
Canyon



bigquotesIt’s massively exciting news for Canyon and the CLLCTV to be working with Sam. He has a huge reputation for being an incredible rider, and his positivity and down-to-earth approach acts like a magnet to bring more people into the MTB world. We’re stoked to be able to support Sam, and we’re looking forward to 2023 and beyond.Jack Noy, Canyon's Gravity Brand Manager





Greg Minnaar Off Five Ten


bigquotesIt’s been a heck of a ride Greg, thanks for having us along. Designed to win and worn to ride, we couldn’t have done it without you Five Ten



Lars Forster Joins Thömus Maxon




Angel Suarez Off Commencal in 2023


bigquotesTHANK YOU @commencalbikes !! It’s been a super intense two years where I have achieve my first podiums but also got the chance to develop the new Supreme V5 what was super cool.
I think I have tried very hard to find my place in the brand, what have made that we depart ways, my first intention was to continue but we couldn’t find an agreement.
I’m super thankful for everyone I have found along the way but especially to @maxcommencal , it’s was amazing to have a boss that close and passionated about racing.
SOON MORE NEWS!!
Angel Suarez



Iago Garay Parts Ways with Santa Cruz After 10 Years


bigquotesAfter 10 years, my time with @santacruzbicycles comes to an end. If you had asked me 10 years ago what was about to happen I wouldn’t have believed you. Getting my first pro deal with Santa Cruz was a dream come true. Having such a legendary brand believe in me and a sport that had just begun was amazing. Thanks to them I’ve completed 10 @world_enduro seasons, 69 EWS, 7 @andespacifico , I got to travel to lots of amazing places and made thousands of friends. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone at Santa Cruz for the continued support all this time. It has been a pleasure! See you at the trails! Iago Garay



Kyle Strait Off Commencal


bigquotesIt’s been an amazing ride @commencalusa It’s wild to see how much the brand has grown in the last 7 years and truly honored to be part of such a great company. We have done so much cool stuff over the years, thank you to @maxcommencal and the team.

Cheers
Kyle Strait



Carter Woods Leaves Norco After 3 Years


bigquotesI am grateful to have had the opportunity to work with such an amazing group of people @norcobicycles over the past 3 years. Thank-you for taking a chance and believing in me, that meant more than anything. We were able to achieve special things together. You were not just my teammates and coworkers but also my friends. I wish you all the best and I will see you around soon. Carter Woods



Nik Nestoroff Joins Fezzari


bigquotes2023 let’s go!!

I’m so pumped to announce I’ll be riding for @fezzari_bicycles for the next 3 years! Riding for a brand that gets me pumped to ride is going to make it so much fun to go racing! We have a big couple years planned, filled with lots of racing and fun video projects. I’ll be racing the enduro world cups, the @bigmountainenduro series and all the other awesome events we have here in the states. I had the opportunity to handpick my own program and choose what other companies I ride for. I’m dropping a video soon to release everything else so make sure to stay tuned for that!
Nik Nestoroff



Amy Morrison Parts Ways with Polygon


bigquotesShort but sweet stint with Polygon Bikes! We accomplished a lot in a year; the highlights were another US Enduro Title, 5th at Trophy of Nations, and getting more kids on bikes with @daytonmtb and @nevadamtb. I loved the time I was able to spend with the @polygonfactoryracing boys and feel fortunate to have grown as a rider with their support. Another opportunity has come along and I’m excited to share what’s in store for 2023 soon!! Amy Morrison



Christopher Grice Leaves the Specialized Gravity Team but is Staying with Specialized


bigquotesIt has been an absolute pleasure to race for @specializedgravity. Over the past three seasons I've made so many memories & friends that will last a lifetime! Massive thank you to all of the sponsors & everyone involved! Love you guys!

I will stay in the @iamspecialized family & I'm excited to show you guys what's next! Stay tuned
Christopher Grice



Mélanie Pugin Departs BH Bikes


bigquotesHere are the last days under your colors @bh_bikes
You were the first to give me the opportunity to become a professional enduro rider Since 2020, I thank you every day by going to train and trying to give my best in all races
We have achieved some great things but a page is turning for me.
THANKS everyone for EVERYTHING

Huge thanks also to Claudiu @rfit_pro and Fabien @fabienbalizet, you have been there since 2019 to train and coach me. You have made me a complete top athlete.

Good continuation to all.
Mélanie Pugin



Jesse Melamed Moves on from Rocky Mountain

Photo: Marus Riga

Press Release: Rocky Mountain

Jesse Melamed has been riding Rocky Mountain his entire professional career. He’s landed nearly 20 Enduro World Series podiums, 12 of which are on the newest generation of the Altitude. Jesse has worked directly with our team to drive innovation for the Altitude, and it shows. We couldn’t be prouder of Jesse’s achievements with our bikes over the years.

This season, Jesse claimed the Enduro World Series Overall Champion title and, alongside teammates Remi Gauvin and Andreane Lantheir Nadeau, the 2nd Overall Enduro World Series Team title. But all good things come to an end. We bid farewell to Jesse as he moves on to a new team in 2023. We’re so proud of him, and wish him nothing but the best moving forward. To celebrate this remarkable athlete and all of his successes, we put a little edit together and compiled a collection of Jesse's notes from his rise to the top.



Jack Menzies Signs with Polygon Bikes


Press Release: Polygon

Young gun Jack Menzies has rapidly been making a name for himself on the EWS circuit. Only his first year as a professional racer, and already a regular top-ten finisher - we could not be prouder and more honored to have Jack join our Polygon Factory Racing Team.

The 21-year old Enduro racer from Squamish, Canada is seriously skilled and has a long list of credentials. Starting out in BMX racing as a youngster, Jack’s trajectory progressed through the ranks of Juniors to U21s, where he won an EWS round, and then on to Elites in 2022.

bigquotesI'm super pumped to sign with the Polygon Factory Racing Team and excited to get the 2023 season underway! After a successful first year in elite coming into year two with the support that Polygon delivers it is only the beginning!Jack Menzies

Jack Menzies will be joining team members Dan Wolfe, Matt Stuttard and Brady Stone - who yielded great results from the past season. Josh Morris, our mechanic for 2022 will be continuing on for 2023. A team manager and a second mechanic will also be joining the team to make the transition smooth.

bigquotesWe are thrilled to have Jack join our Polygon Factory Racing Team. After a successful first year, we are super-excited about building on our success in the second year.Serena Lisney - International Brand Manager

Looking to build on the success of the team in 2023, Polygon will be partnering with top sports management company, 23 Degrees. Founded by Martin Whiteley, 23 Degrees has a stellar reputation for managing some of the world’s greatest mountain bike athletes and teams.

We can’t wait to see how the boys go in the first couple of rounds in Australia as the series graduates to full UCI World Cup status.



Mark Wallace Parts Ways with Canyon After 6 Years

Mark Wallace stays planted over the dust and roots for 5th on the day

The Canyon CLLCTV has announced another big departure for 2023 as Mark Wallace will be leaving the factory DH team after six years.


bigquotesRider, athlete, teammate, friend – after 6 amazing years it´s time for us to say "THANK YOU, SHARKY".

Thank you for the incredible team support.
Thank you for your enthusiasm on and off the bike.
Thank you for the good times.
And last but definitely not least: thank you for the nice human being that you are.

We are really grateful for the time that we were able to share with you on the Canyon CLLCTV Downhill Team and all the positive memories.

For your personal and professional future, the whole Canyon crew wishes you nothing but the best.

Take care & we are already looking forward to seeing you again soon – out there on the trails or in the pits of the upcoming Downhill World Cup season.
Canyon



Hunt Bike Wheels Thanks Isla Short

Isla Short Juliana-Hunt Endura GBR

Words: Hunt Bike Wheels

We started supporting Isla Short back in 2020 and feel honoured to have worked alongside someone with such an infectious personality & bundle of positive energy.

It’s been incredible to have been part of her journey to this point. From recording her best-ever World Cup XC results with an 11th in Nova Mesto in 2020, then matching that in Les Gets, 2021 (We all know a top 10 finish is just around the corner). She also became National champion in both Marathon and XCO disciplines and gained a 4th place at the 2022 Commonwealth Games for her beloved Scotland. If that wasn’t enough, the cherry on top was finishing 5th at the World Championships in Leogang, 2020.

Isla Short Juliana-Hunt Endura GBR


Isla’s impact on our company runs much deeper than race results alone. With her attitude towards social issues and mental health to name a few, she has certainly influenced us to think more about the decisions we make and the impact they can have. Isla is a true ambassador for the sport and a role model for everyone around her.
 
In the 3 years we’ve worked with Isla, she has been invaluable in the testing and development of our products – none more so than for the recently launched Proven Carbon XC Race MTB wheels, which she raced for the first time at a muddy World Championships in 2020.

Sadly, we’ll be parting ways next season, but that won’t stop us cheering her on from the sidelines.

Isla Short Juliana-Hunt Endura GBR


bigquotesHunt came onboard my privateer programme at the beginning of 2020, and I knew early on they were a special company to be a part of. Over the last three years my relationship with the brand and the people grew, and in 2022 they became my title sponsor. During this time, I was part of the development of the Proven XC wheels, and I feel very privileged to have been able to debut these on the World Cup circuit.

It's been incredible to have shared some of my journey with Hunt, to have them support me so generously and back my unique and challenging approach to professional bike racing. World Cup start-lines wouldn't have happened for me in 2022 without their backing. Professionally, Hunt Wheels and The Rider Firm represent what all companies should; enthusiasm, passion and friendship in the workplace.

Personally, it has made a huge difference to me having a direct relationship with the individuals behind a sponsored product and to trust fully in the brand due to the quality of the equipment and the transparency offered by the people. Thanks for everything guys!
Isla Short


Photos by Attention Builders and Pete Scullion



Cube Factory Racing Signs Simon Chapelet

Photo: Lukas Hennecke

Cube has announced that Simon Chapelet will join its factory race team in 2023.

After racing World Cups as a privateer with the support of Cube France, Simon Chapelet will be moving up to the factory race team next season alongside Danny Hart and Max Hartenstern. Simon secured some great results this year with a 36th place finish in Lourdes and was the fastest privateer in Snowshoe with 28th position.

bigquotesStarting the new 2023 season Simon Chapelet (20 y.o.) will be a part of CUBE Factory racing.

CUBE France spotted the young and promising 2x National Junior Champ and hooked him up under their support. Due to his consistent development in the last seasons, he has earned the chance to step up to the CUBE Factory Team. At Snowshoe UCI World Cup 2022 Simon was honored as fastest privateer. We see a great potential in Simon and want to give him the chance to develop his career in a professional environment.
Cube

bigquotesIt’s an amazing feeling. It’s a dream come true to ride with a factory team and good rider like Max, Danny and all the staff around. I’m so happy and 2023 will be good! Simon Chapelet


bigquotesSimon Chapelet joined the CUBE family in 2021 as a MTB Downhill athlete, for his first year in the Elite category. The year before, as a Junior he was crowned National Champion and French Cup winner, which was an impressive performance. But he was already used to it: 2 years before, Simon won the U17 National Championship, and finished on the top of the podium at the Crankworx Innsbruck.

Kind, motivated and super-fast on the bike, he was the perfect athlete to represent CUBE in France. In 2021, Simon discovered our Two15 HPC SLT 29 as a privateer, and rode it to second place overall in the French Cup, achieving several TOP5 results. The year after, he was back on national podiums, and decided to focus on World Cups. He finished 36th in Lourdes (France), and then was awarded Best Privateer in Snowshoe (USA) with an awesome 28th place! Now it’s time for him to go a step forward, and join Danny Hart and Max Hartenstern in the international CUBE Factory Racing team. We wish him a crazy and successful 2023 season !!
Franck Verrier CUBE France



Jack Moir is Leaving the Canyon CLLCTV


The Canyon CLLCTV seems to have let slip that Jack Moir will be leaving the team as it releases a 'Best Of Metal Monday' to mark his departure.

bigquotesWhat an epic ride: it's been an awesome 3 years with @jackmoir_ aka Moi Moi. Massive thanks to 'Kev' for so many amazing memories, epic race wins, and face-melting Metal Mondays. As a little tribute, here's one last Metal Monday from us. Best of luck for your future, Jack! Canyon Bicycles



Sam Blenkinsop Bids Farewell to Norco After 8 Years

A return to form for Sam Blenkinsop in 8th.

After Norco paused and unpaused its racing teams for 2023 Sam Blenkinsop has officially announced he will be leaving the team.

Sam Blenkinsop has been a long-standing member of Norco's race team joining the brand back in 2015. Sam's time with Norco has seen a King of Crankworx title, multiple national champs wins and top finishes at World Cup and EWS races.

The Norco teams are having a big shakeup for next year with only Gracey Hemstreet and Lucas Cruz confirmed for the team. Although there will be a new Elite male rider being added to the squad.


bigquotesThanks to @norcobicycles for all the support and amazing memories over the years. Cheers to my fellow teams mates and @norcofactoryteam crew. It’s been an awesome ride but as they say all good things come to and end. I’m excited to share with you all soon my new ride and plans for 2023 season Sam Blenkinsop



Joey Foresta Parts Ways with GT

Joey Foresta qualifying 2nd on his GT Distortion setup as a mini mullet - 27.5 front wheel and 26 rear wheel with a 50mm stem to make the bike a little bigger but not necessarily longer.

After joining GT in 2009 while racing BMX Joey Foresta has announced he will be starting a new chapter in 2023.

Moving from BMX to racing World Cups and Dual Slalom Joey has stayed with GT as he has moved across disciplines although he says a new career chapter in 2023 will mean parting ways with the brand.


bigquotesGT first picked me up when they were prototyping the speed series in 2009. I was 8 years old, racing BMX and had no idea the family that GT would turn into for me!

Since then, we have accomplished more than I would have dreamed of! GT fully supported me when I switched to mountain biking, gave me a shot at racing world cups and recently supported my pursuit of dual slalom. They have always put fun first and I think that reflects in the brand.

I will be parting ways with GT in 2023 to start a new chapter in my Career!

I want to give a huge thank you to Steve and the whole crew at GT for bringing me into the family and supporting every endeavor I choose. I’ll never forget all of the awesome experiences I had on a GT!

Cheers to the good times!
Joey Foresta



Lachlan Blair Announces Departure from Orange Factory Racing


Words: Lachlan Blair

After two incredible years riding and racing for Orange Factory Racing and four years total riding Orange bikes, the time has come for us to go our separate ways. Huge thanks to everyone involved with OFR and at Orange who I have had the pleasure of working with over the years. It has been great to travel the world racing with such a fantastic group of people. There was never a dull moment being a part of a team as exciting as Orange Factory Racing. From magazine covers to racing successes, it has been a brilliant time riding for such an iconic company.

Shakedown photo from EWS Loudenvielle by Kike Abelleira


Heading into 2023 and beyond, I am really excited to be racing the full EWS series, Trans Madeira and some other races... I will be on a sharp new ride for next year, and I cannot wait to get it battling against the clock! Keep your eyes peeled for more news coming soon.



Veronika Widmann & Harry Molloy Part Ways with Madison Factory Racing

Veronika Widmann had a strong showing here in Switzerland with a 7th place.

Veronika Widmann and Harry Molloy have announced that they will be leaving the Madison Saracen Factory racing team.

Both Veronika and Harry joined the team back in 2021 coming from the Insync Bikes and FS Racing teams. Over the past two seasons while Harry Molloy has been in an assistant manager role, Veronika Widmann has cemented herself as a top-level threat in World Cups with consistent top-ten finishes and eighth place at the World Champs in Les Gets.

Following this departure, the Madison Saracen team is left with just one rider as Matt Walker remains with the team at this time. We don't know what the teams' plans are for 2023 yet or if any additional riders with be added to the roster.


bigquotesIt's time to move on…
I’ve had two great years with @madisonsaracen! This team is incredibly professional in every detail. Racing alongside @mattwalkerdh and @jordanwilliams17 and learning from them was a priceless experience, let alone being able to say they’ve become friends for life. @willlongden managing everyone as well as being the best advisor, line spotter, cook, nurse… (the list goes on and on) He really makes it work. A big thank you to @lost.yak, my mechanic. You are not only the best on the tools but a great soul supporter which is often an even bigger job. Thanks also to @collier_eeewan and @nath.g.carr for the support, good memories and eclectic pit music. @harrymolloydh I know this sounds lame but you are just an absolute legend in whatever you do. Our journey together started way earlier than these two years and will continue after and beyond.
Big thanks go out to all our partners and sponsors I had on board with @madison.cycles. It was no doubt the dream setup. @saracenbikes provide killer machines and I'm still blown away by my stunner of a Worlds Bike this year!
Special thanks also to @ridefoxbike, @maxxisbike @shimanomtb and @pro_bikegear who I have been fortunate to work with for many years now. It has been great but I guarantee you this is not the end and I’m even more excited to tell you what’s coming next.
Veronika Widmann


bigquotesMy time comes to an end with Madison Saracen and a new chapter begins.
A shout-out and thank you will never quantify my appreciation. I was a rider from the teams launch in 2011 and reunited as assistant manager from 2021. It’s truly been an honour to be a part of such an elite program. To support Matt, Jordan and Vero in their success was mind-blowing. First World Cup wins and World Champs with titles across the globe. There’s too many heroes to thank. Thank you Will for the opportunity, I admire what you’ve achieved and I’ve learnt so much from you. The whole team from trainers, mechanics, media and everyone at Madison HQ behind the scenes!
!!THANK YOU!!
Harry Molloy



Jordan Williams Moves on from Madison Saracen


Junior World Champion Jordan Williams has announced that he will be heading to a new team as he moves up to Elites in 2023.

Jordan Williams had an extremely successful two years racing as a Junior regular going head to head against Jackson Goldstone and secured the title of Junior World Champion in Les Gets this year. After a successful period with Will Longden and the Madison Saracen team, he will be moving to a fresh setup in the new year.

bigquotesMy time has come to an end at Madison Saracen, I have made the decision to move on.
I’d firstly like thank Will Longden for helping me achieve many of my goals and for his knowledge on and off the bike, I really appreciate everything he has done for me!

And of course a massive thanks to all the sponsors, team members and teammates for all the support and good times over the last few years.

I’m really excited for the future and for what’s coming next!
Once again thank you Madison Saracen, see you at the races.
Jordan Williams




Josh Lewis Parts Ways with Santa Cruz


After many years with Santa Cruz Josh Lewis has announced he will be finding new beginnings in 2023.

bigquotesA look back on my journey with Santa Cruz Bicycles as we part ways coming into the new year, it's been a meaningful one. Visited so many countries, got to see so many different cultures and even if we didn't speak the same language we deffo got to communicate through bike riding and that’s taught me so many life lessons. From the days on the SPS as a youth and junior, racing downhill... to being supported by Santa cruz uk racing enduro and downhill which eventually found myself on the global team and that put me to where I am now... I feel very lucky to look back on these memories and see what we managed to achieve. Stoked to keep the ball rolling and continue having fun on bikes, creating and doing my best to inspire people to have fun. much love and see you soon for some new beginnings, excited for what's to come. Full vid up on YT… Thanks to all involved, best of luck. Loose Josh Lewis




Charlie Harrison Announces Retirement from Professional Racing

Charlie Harrison and Trek seem like a good fit together. He looks to be carrying some serious form and is a danger to the podium places.

Charlie Harrison has announced on social media that he will be stepping away from professional racing.

After six years racing World Cups and a tough couple of seasons Charlie Harrison has made the decision to step back from professional racing. Charlie says his priorities were moving away from World Cup racing to focusing on family and home life while struggling to keep his motivation for the sport. Since stepping away from racing Charlie says he is starting to rediscover his love for riding and is looking towards his next career.

bigquotesHey guys. I’m announcing my retirement from professional racing. Over the last few seasons, my priorities have slowly shifted from being a World Cup racer to wanting to focus on family, life at home, and my next career. The last few seasons have been the toughest thing I’ve gone through mentally, and to be totally transparent, completely jaded my view of bikes. I became resentful, bitter, and fell out of love with the sport that means so much to me. Due to my retirement however, I’ve been able to fully reconnect to bikes, and completely rediscover the reasons why as a thirteen-year-old kid, I was completely gripped by this sport.

I’m super excited to be able to share this complete story with you guys in the future. It was an absolute blessing to be able to race World Cups full time for six years, and the last four years onboard @trekfactoryracingdh was a once in a lifetime opportunity. They gave me everything that I could ever need to push my upper limit of possibilities. As a result of this amazing team, I was able to accomplish things on a bicycle that I never thought possible. It was a true honor to work alongside such professional and motivated individuals, and I was able to make some truly beautiful relationships from that. I’m forever grateful to have my name associated with such a world class team, and I’m beyond appreciative for their endless support over the last four years.

I’m able to look back on my short career and just have such an appreciation for everything it included. Racing has taught me so many lessons to bring forward in life. It taught me to chase the heck out of your dreams, because you never know what they’ll turn into. It taught me how to deal with bad times, and how to get through them. It also taught me the importance of relying on other people to help get you through those times. This sport gave the world to me, and I’m so thankful for the friends, experiences, and moments that came from that. It’s hard to summarize seven seasons of elite World Cup racing into one caption, but to be able to live through that opportunity is something that I will forever cherish. Thank you to everyone that’s been a part of this beautiful journey.
Charlie Harrison




Jakob Jewett Parts Ways with the Canyon CLLCTV


After joining the Canyon CLLCTV in 2020 Jakob Jewett has announced he will be leaving the team ahead of the 2023 season.

The young Canadian rider joined the main Canyon team in 2020 as a Junior and secured multiple top-ten finishes before shifting up to Elite this year. Jakob's 2022 season saw some top-ten finished in the downhill events at Crankworx Whistler as well as breaking inside the top 30 at the Snowshoe World Cup and coming 33rd for World Champs in Les Gets. In his social media post Jakob does say he has a new opportunity for next season although we will have to wait to find out what this may be.

bigquotesI can’t thank Canyon and Canyon cllctv enough for the support over the last few years. Memories from these past seasons will last a lifetime. I’m proud to call this crew my friends and I look forward to seeing you all at the races. New opportunities ahead for next season and I can’t wait to get back racing.Jakob Jewett




Henrique Avancini Leaves Cannondale After 8 Years


After eight years of racing, it has been announced that Henrique Avancini will be leaving the Cannondale Factory Racing team for next year.

Since joining the team in 2014 Henrique Avancini has been at the front of World Cup XC racing and in his career has secured one World Cup win, nine World Cup podiums and is a 10 times National Champ. Following such a long and successful period with Cannondale, it will be interesting to see where the Brazilian rider ends up next.

bigquotesI'm very glad of the history me and Cannondale built together. This was a very successful journey that allowed me to put the sport I love under the spotlights in my country and also build a solid career on the highest international level. To leave CFR wasn't an easy call, but I'm leaving with a lot of lessons, friends, accomplishments and many memories that I can keep proudly in my heart. I feel I have given everything to this project and it's time to find new goals and chase new challenges. But being sure, I won't forget all that Cannondale and CFR provided to me. Henrique Avancini

bigquotesWe embraced Henrique as a rider for Cannondale from his first ride at team camp eight years ago, and now we have the honor in celebrating Henrique as one the best riders in the world, a steward for our sport, and an ambassador for Brazilian mountain biking as we pay tribute to him and the shift in his pursuits as an elite athlete. We will always cherish our time as teammates and cheer for Henrique in his quest for his goals for the future. Jonathan Geran, Cannondale Director of Sports Marketing



Propain Pauses its Factory Race Team for 2023


Propain will not be putting a factory team together for the 2023 season.

Following Norco's announcement in October that it would be skipping next year's racing Propain has come forward to say it will be taking a break from having a factory team in 2023 although it sounds like there could be a return in the future.

The pausing of the team means Henry Kerr, Luke Meier-Smith and Remy Meier-Smith could be on the hunt for a new team although Propain has said "it is a matter of course to us that we care about our team members and keep them on track for 2023 with our connections to industry partners and co."

It is sad to see another high-profile team pulling out of next year's racing and we hope there won't be too much more of this news to come.

bigquotesIt really hurts us to say but the Propain Factory Racing Team will take a break in 2023. This was definitely not an easy decision, and we want to explain why we need to do this.

Since 2016 we were part of the Downhill World Cup with our first professional team, “Propain Dirt Zelvy”. Always driven by the thrill we get from racing competitive, three years later in 2019 we had big plans for this team and took it more serious than ever before. We changed the team structure to run as “Propain Factory Racing” with the main goal to become a Top 10 Team at the World Cups.

Another three years later the whole world has changed again. We do not want to blame everything on the pandemic, but it was a significant part that changed not only our surroundings but also Propain itself. We are a growing owner-operated company from South Germany and just getting started to get our hands in the markets outside of Europe. In the last three years, times were hectic and stressful as we tried to conquer the increasing demand for bikes and the simultaneously increasing delivery times for all kinds of bike parts. At this time, our minds were not focused on a World Cup Downhill Team, but we kept going and 2022 turned out to be one of the most successful years for the team.

This made the decision definitely not easier but with better riders, this also means more responsibility, time and effort we have to invest. The competition for good riders is always high, and in the end we could not keep the existing team in its current set-up.

In 2023 the MTB World Cup is going to change with more stops across the globe in a shorter period. We made this strategic decision to take that time to build a strong team for 2024 and focus all our energy and power on our customers to ensure we build the best bikes for us and our friends. We will dedicate the upcoming year to recalibrate and pave the way for 2024 to come back fully reloaded.

We want to thank our athletes, the whole team with team manager Ben Reid, our sponsors and of course every fan for the last seven years of racing Downhill World Cups with Propain. It is a matter of course to us that we care about our team members and keep them on track for 2023 with our connections to industry partners and co.

This is not a goodbye, we will be back!
Propain


bigquotesI can honestly say it’s been a pleasure running the World Cup Team for Propain for the past 7 seasons. Meeting the company owners Robert and David for the first time in 2016 and seeing their passion to build the best bikes for their friends it was immediately something I felt proud to be a part of.

Two extremely hard-working and down-to-earth mountain bike riders who run their business on fairness and loyalty and it's really no surprise that their company has grew into what it is today. It’s been an easy partnership as our goals to develop the best race bike for the team were very much aligned and anything the team needed it got.

Gearing up for the 2023 season this news initially came as a shock but having chased the World Cup circuit for the past 21 years of my life as a rider and manager I welcome this opportunity to focus on other projects and although not as a team manager I hope to stay involved with the brand as the guys at Propain truly have felt like family and there really is no other bike id rather ride. From the riders we have had over the years, staff and sponsors, thank you all very much for being part of it.”
Ben Reid, Team Manager



Max Hartenstern Extends Contract with Cube Factory Racing

Max Hartenstern with is best ever world cup finish in 2nd

The Cube Factory Racing team has announced on social media that Max Hartenstern will be continuing with the team in future race seasons.

Max has already been with the team for six years achieving third at the 2017 Junior World Champs, second at the 2021 Les Gets World Cup and five Elite German National champ titles. The announcement doesn't mention how long the contract has been extended for, but it does state he has signed "for many more years" suggesting it could be a larger extension.

bigquotesSince 2017 Max Hartenstern is a part of our Cube Bikes family. During those 6 years Max achieved many goals like 3rd at Worlds 2017 (Junior), 2nd Les Gets WC 2021 (elite) and 5x German Champ (elite). Together with his mechanic Kevin Engelhofer they became the best duo we know!

We are more than happy to announce, that Max signed another contract for many more years in our Cube Family!
Cube Factory Racing

The 2023 team lineup hasn't been fully confirmed yet but Danny Hart has been doing off-season testing with the team. Interestingly the team are currently looking to hire a third mechanic for the team suggesting they may be adding another rider for next year.



Pauline Ferrand Prevot Officially Signs with Ineos Grenadiers

Pauline Ferrand Prevot fresh off acquiring the rainbow jersey is set for another big day on course.

We heard rumours that Pauline Ferrand Prevot could be signing with Ineos Grenadiers last week, and now the rumour has been confirmed.

bigquotesSigning with the INEOS Grenadiers is a dream for me. I’m super excited to be joining the off road team and becoming part of a wider group of riders and the INEOS family of athletes. The INEOS Grenadiers’ professionalism is world-renowned and I have always admired the team’s ethos and spirit.

To have the 2024 Olympics in Paris is huge for me. I want to be the best rider I can be in front of a home crowd and that will be my main goal over the next two years. An Olympic gold medal is the only one missing from my palmares so it’s the one I want the most. It was a key reason to join this adventure with the INEOS Grenadiers. I still have a lot of things to learn and it is the best team to help me reach my goal
Pauline Ferrand Prevot

Pauline Ferrand Prevot signed a two-year contract with Absolute Absalon in January of 2021 and met with success on the world stage once again after several years of struggling with low power in her left leg due to iliac endofibrosis.

She finished her 2022 season with four World Championships titles in a row in XCC, XCO, XCM and Gravel. Now, we have confirmation that she will be riding for Ineos Grenadiers for the next two years, targeting gold at the Paris Olympics in her home country in 2024.

bigquotesSigning a world-class rider like Pauline is a huge boost as we grow the number of multi-disciplinary athletes racing as Grenadiers.

Pauline is a unique talent. Her palmares speaks for itself, especially after just winning four world titles in the space of two months. But what sets her apart and makes her a great addition to the Grenadiers is her drive and grit. She loves the sport and is a natural born racer and that comes through in the way she rides.

Pauline is on her own journey to try and win gold at her home Olympics and this is an area where we thrive and have proven success. We are excited to support that ambition and help her achieve her goals over the coming years.
Rod Ellingworth, Deputy Team Principal



Jamie Edmondson Parts Ways With the RockShox Trek Race Team

RS Trek in Blausasc. France 2021. Photo by Matt Wragg.

Jamie Edmondson has announced on social media that after two years he will be leaving the RockShox Trek Race Team.

The past two seasons with the RockShox Trek Race Team has seen Jamie secure some great results with top 30 finishes at World Cup races while also winning three U21 EWS races and taking two second-place finishes.

bigquotesThanks Rockshox Trek Race Team and all our partners for the past two years, we’ve achieved a lot and learnt even more!

Still trying to find something for next year but I’m sure I’ll see y’all at some races.
Jamie Edmondson




Lachlan Blair Joins Deviate Cycles


Edinburgh-based Lachlan Blair will be riding for Deviate Cycles in 2023, taking on the newly titled UCI Mountain Bike Enduro World Cup, the Trans Madeira and some DH races to boot.

Most people will know Lachlan for his DH background and as a member of the Dudes of Hazzard alongside Joe Barnes. Following a crash in Leogang back in 2017 and the inception of the Hazzard Racing team in 2019, Lachlan switched focus to Enduro.

bigquotesI’d noticed Deviate bikes around more and more but I hadn't really cottoned on that they were based so close to me. My friend, photographer Ross Bell, knew Ben (Jones, Deviate’s co-owner), and he suggested that I contact Deviate. And we just clicked. It was so exciting, the thought of working with a company based an hour away from where I live!”

Lachlan’s racing season kicks off with the Tasmanian rounds of the UCI EDR where he’ll be joined by fellow Deviate rider Matthew Fairbrother.





155 Comments

  • 70 1
 But where has Tinker Juarez gone?
  • 33 1
 Playing Bingo somewhere.
  • 14 0
 Team Sour Grapes. I was expecting him to be listed on this thing as that was by far the most entertaining team exit of the 2020's.
  • 13 0
 Still on that Sobe payroll
  • 3 1
 Back to BMX in Ultra-Masters.
  • 4 0
 @tadabing: :-) this comment made my day
  • 58 1
 I remain at Team KFC/Nurofen for the next few seasons
  • 47 1
 Jesse Melamed?
  • 1 7
flag mi-bike (Dec 26, 2022 at 5:34) (Below Threshold)
 2023?
  • 4 0
 Yup. Glaring omission.
  • 12 14
 jesse canyon. And jack yt
  • 18 1
 And it is already public knowledge that Jewett signed with Pivot but PB states "we will have to wait to find out what this may be."
  • 45 4
 @killer1999: Man, I don't know why but I just don't want Jesse to go to Canyon. Nothing wrong with Canyons bikes, I just think they're boring and want Jesse to be on an interesting bike, Jesse to We Are One?
  • 26 4
 @AddisonEverett: What was interesting about Rocky Mountain bikes?
  • 48 0
 @boozed: the fact that Jesse Melamed rode them.
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 @boozed: Well, I just like their anesthetic and their brand history, sure their frame design has become more homogeneous and simple from the days of the flatline and the original Slayer, but they're just cool. I don't feel like Canyon has that same cool factor that Rocky does. Personal feelings, no judgment if you disagree. Honestly I would love for Jesse to be on a bike like the We Are One, or on any other brand that I am a fan of, Like Kona, Ibis, Devinci, or Evil. It's just an aesthetics thing, a brand image thing, and a bikes that I like thing.
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 *aesthetic
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 @AddisonEverett: I’m pretty sure Jesse is crossing over to BMX. They love racers with a MTB background.
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 Repeating twice what everyone already know?
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 @boozed: Vowels
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 @AddisonEverett: why do you use ibis and aesthetic in "one" sentece.
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 What's going on with Trek factory racing is Loris the next person to retire
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 @Mosko: Because I like them and Historically, they have been considered Incredibly good looking bikes. I have no clue when exactly the general mtb crowd shifter their opinions on Ibis, but I have always like then and thought they looked great. Ibis was literally the first mtb brand to bring on an industrial designer to specifically make their bikes look better.
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 Stupid auto correct, typing on my phone sucks, sorry for the Grammer and spelling mistakes
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 @i-like-toytles: If he is moving into BMX I believe that would be a BMX foreground. Interested to see how that would play into marketing materials.
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 @AddisonEverett: grammer, haha....
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 @AddisonEverett: you spelt ‘marketing” wrong, it’s not spelt “aesthetic”
‘It’s just a marketing thing”
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 Santa Cruz
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 Joins Deviate?
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 @onawalk: Whatever man, take your cynicism somewhere else
  • 3 2
 @boozed: the fact that RM invested back into the sport from the very beginning when mr Arnold was mostly in the business for business reasons and growing the company as quickly and big as possible without much grassroots spending.

Also Schley, Tippie and Wade Simmons lend some credibility to RM interest into the Mtb community and authenticity that canyon will never attain
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 @AddisonEverett: Grammerandspelling MITSAKES
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 @AddisonEverett: its not cynicism. its marketing that leads you to think "that brand is cool"
"this brand is rad" etc. Theres nothing wrong with that, and theres nothing wrong with identifying with a brand for one reason or another, but it is good to know when youre being sold something, and we are always being sold something or another
  • 2 0
 Instagram was showing him riding in Santa Cruz, so some people are guessing he will be with Santa Cruz........but he was hanging with someone from a Specialized Dealer down there......so dare I say Specialized? Do they have a new Enduro coming out soon?
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 @cmolina: nobody is riding in santa cruz right now! ! !
  • 2 0
 Am i forgetting when riders usually reveal where they moved on? I thought by this time into the New Year, they have by now informed everyone where they are moving to. Yet, we still are getting news of 2022 contracts ending or riders moving elsewhere but nothing much about whom they have resigned with. This seems somewhat delayed this year.
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 @AddisonEverett: Is the WAO rig a race oriented platform? That would be a neat.
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 @MX298: true but the posts I saw were from 6 or 7 days ago. A lot changes in a week!
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 @likeittacky: The newest one is, the Arrival 170, It would be sweet to see someone racing it at a high level
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 @AddisonEverett: I want that 152 it's a amazing looking bike with geo and travel numbers that are a perfect dream fit.
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 @AddisonEverett: from my understanding, the 150 model is the better race bike for experienced riders, it’s a pointier, more nimble bike, and only really shines when being pushed hard. It’s not a bike for long walks on the beach.
The 170, is meant to be a more approachable bike for the masses, a little more forgiving if you will.

We live down the road from WAO, and have a very affluent community around here. Almost any day going to the trailhead you’ll see one.
The WAO crew was in town for a local enduro race, and it was awesome to see all their bikes. I don’t believe any were on the 170 bike, but the 150 bike was all over the top 10 results.
The crew at WAO absolutely rip
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 @cmolina: heard from a close personal source he's going to canyon, and taking his team manager/physio and mechanic with him. also heard he's going to get a lot of autonomy regarding designing his ride.
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 @captaindingus: Interesting.......I would not have thought that, but Canyon really seems to be pulling out the big guns lately. There are some Squamish connections with Canyon (Ben) so it could be. Its got to be out soon, he's back riding in BC now and he went out on a sunny Saturday where he would have been seen by numerous people. Maybe one of your acquaintances saw him riding? I should probably stop talking now! Let the announcement come!
  • 34 0
 This is a terrible way to present this information Needs a summary table that links to the relevant section with a to and from section and note on what was actually updated from the last time this article was posted.
  • 2 0
 Yes, but it’s much easier for the submitter
  • 2 0
 @tubby1536 remember that time when the outside acquisition of PB was spun as a ton of improvements coming....we can't even get tables! lol
  • 3 1
 Scrolled half way down and came here to say I will never click on one of these 'compete team updates' again. Social media overload headache, and I'm not even gonna pay much attention to racing this year if we have to pay to watch it.
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 I am also between teams.
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 I'm currently pre-team.
  • 27 3
 Could we possibly ask for hiding the details under a click button? This is gonna take some fitness to scroll down to comments
  • 8 0
 The number of comments next to the headline is clickable on both mobile and desktop versions. It will bring you right to the first comment.
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 On mobile so I can’t edit… missing feature

But, clicking on the comments from the main page also brings you straight to them, you don’t have to open the article first.
  • 4 2
 @pisgahgnar: I want to go thru the list, so I can spot for news, but don´t need to read details I´ve already seen.
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 @bok-CZ: Yeah, same here. I want to know who's gone where, not read/scroll through endless anodyne "thanks" posts and go past a load of photos.
  • 2 0
 @bok-CZ : [ctrl] + [F] or [cmd] + [F], "comments", second hit.
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 @pisgahgnar: you can edit if you scroll to the bottom and switch to desktop version. There's a time limit on it though but not sure how long you have.
  • 1 0
 Yeah it was more about to see easily the team changes
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 I'm going to miss watching Charlie Harrison on the live feeds. He seems like an athlete with heart and always of good cheer. It's always great to be around someone like that.
  • 1 0
 He had serious wild race style to boot, like Danny Hart. His runs were among the best to watch. He will be missed.
  • 13 2
 It feels like any article about Jordan Williams mentions Jackson Goldstone but not vice versa.
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 Because one star is brighter than the other
  • 11 0
 This is very Vital information...
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 Hey @ed spratt, thanks for making this, but is this not more of a 'file dump' than an article? As it is basically a copy-paste of previous reports, most of which were written by the PR department of a team... :-(

It could be so much better! You could include an index at the top, you could have made a table, or a table with links to the original articles, you could have promised to update this one until the beginning of the season... So many ways to make it a little better... Could I kindly ask you to make it better next time? Challenge you to? Beg you to? This was just a bit of a let down...
  • 5 0
 Isla Short's picture is a good illustration of how important dropper posts became in XC. Look at her attacking position. Could you imagine such an position with a full extended post? No.
  • 3 0
 yeah, about time CS caught up with 2010. Next up 120mm/120mm and modern geo!
  • 1 0
 She is now moving on to ghost factory racing,will be exciting!
  • 9 3
 No Kyle Strait coverage? I get he's not a racer, but he's arguably more well known than some on this list.
  • 1 0
 Off Commencal? Injury related news?
  • 1 0
 Is he not riding for Commencal next year?
  • 2 0
 @ripridesbikes @timrippeth Off Commencal. Commencal and Kyle posted it to their Instagrams recently.
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 @BMXJJ327: Whoa, I never would have expected it. Hopefully he gets on with another company that can make him a decent DS bike (after he recovers of course)
  • 5 0
 He races and I am very surprised Commencal would make a move during his recovery but maybe it was mutual. I just hope he's good to build the DS course at SOC in April. Selfish, I know.. Heal up Kyle!!!
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 Arguably, he may also be more well known to some.
  • 1 0
 Apart from injury isnt he starting his own bike brand? sure his wife said that somewhere.
  • 1 0
 @michaelbevege: New frame company she said
  • 7 1
 No mention of Polygon and Martin Whiteley's 23 Degrees Sports as well.
  • 7 1
 Pilgrim quits haibike!
Can yon believe it?!
  • 5 0
 I know we are only 5 days into the new year, but there are too many "thank you" and not nearly enough "signed with" .
  • 5 0
 2023 prediction. Greg Minnaar wins the overall barefoot. You heard it hear first.
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 Another team is disappearing. I have just read on Slawek Lukasik's instgram a thank you to Canyon. Looks to me like Daynese Canyon Pirelli is going out of business. Could it be that the entry of EWS into a partnership with the UCI is also having a bad effect on costs and teams disappearing due to dumbed down costs generated by the dumbed down UCI?
I hope this means a change of team for Slawek, as I know he is preparing for the season in the south of France.
  • 5 0
 Hey Ed... how about a summary list?
  • 2 0
 Yeah, so much data need a '2022 From' / '2023 To 'Spreadsheet of all the moves and all the TBDs
  • 4 1
 It’s sad to say but there is no money in this sport to live off of especially during this inflation I pray these racers survive
  • 4 0
 I would have titeled this TEAM DROP not MOVES

I/We want to know who's going where,
  • 4 0
 If XC fantasy league still existed then I would probably know who a lot more of these XC people are.
  • 5 0
 Savilia Blunk also signed with Rockrider
  • 5 0
 Nothing on Savilia Blunk. She is US champ!
  • 4 0
 Rider: I want to retain my 100k salary.
Team: Sorry you're only worth 50k.

Angel Suarez tells it like it is.
  • 5 0
 What a rip off! People were paying a whopping 400k in the Fantasy DH. Are these teams getting some special discount we're not getting?
  • 1 0
 Angel is going to another new team with more room to sine and grow I think. Hope he is on top this year with good results and with good money in the pocket too.
  • 4 0
 Please tell me Jack Moir going to Nukeproof - That would be sick seeing him and Dan Booker on the same team.
  • 2 0
 yea this would be great!
  • 1 0
 Jack Moir has been hiding in plain sight for a couple of weeks now on his new bike. Surprised no gossip here...
  • 3 1
 Some time here we can read not good opinion about Cube. But actually the only good news up here is from Cube Factory Racing...
  • 3 0
 Just saw this morning that Miller and Kona are parting ways. She was a great rep for them!
  • 3 0
 It's going to be weird to see Jesse not on an altitude. Avancini not on a lefty!
  • 2 0
 Several 50to01 riders off Santa Cruz. Dan Paley and I believe Craig Evans as well as Loose. Airdrop is the rumour on that front?
  • 2 0
 I'm going to miss watching Charlie Harrison on the live feeds. He seems like an athlete with heart and always of good cheer. It's always great to be around someone like that.
  • 4 0
 Unless your a you tube star you sacked
  • 4 1
 Is Matt Walker the only rider left at Madason Saracen?
  • 7 5
 Madison what..?
  • 3 0
 I feel especially bad for Suarez and Wallace for some reason.
  • 1 0
 Wallace signed with Norco. He’s gonna be ok
  • 1 0
 I bet Angel had a good team too.
  • 3 0
 That first Iago Garay photos is one of my all-time favorite.
  • 2 0
 I literally thought “Jewitt” was a nickname for “Jess Blewitt” for a sec.
  • 1 0
 Is Chili Racing Brigade the former Banshee Racing Brigade and then they switched to Commencal? I assume so, as the name just up and changed on social media.
  • 1 0
 Just saw on an insta feed where Olli Zwar was tagged, a very Scott-like bike. Also the photog filming has done work for Scott several times before…
  • 1 0
 Christ Pinkbike, so much scrolling lol... Can you a post that is just a simple table?

Rider Name, who they were with in 2022 and the change in Sponsor(s) for 2023?
  • 1 0
 I imagine the photographer doing the Lapierre team photo going "OK, show me just how thrilled you all are to be on a factory team! Go!"

"But no smiling!"
  • 2 0
 Yeaa, as I said, Lukasik on Yeti, there will be fire! Riche Rude and Bex Barona like in 2022
  • 1 0
 Missing Luke & Remy Meier-Smith to Giant Factory! Jakob Jewitt to Pivot also
  • 2 0
 Victor Koretzky and Vidaurre to soz Meier Smith brothers to Giant
  • 1 0
 Big exodus of Commencal riders. The Mr Min of 5/10 is not a surprise with the Fox shoes coming.
  • 1 0
 Yea that’s what I was thinking
  • 2 0
 Iago with 69 EWS races under his belt. Noice.
  • 1 0
 Any rumors on who will join the Orbea Factory Team? They will announce on the 12th, site says
  • 1 0
 by the way, I still want to be an athlete and race with you friends.

ps nine-time champion of Ukraine✌️
  • 3 1
 Pinkbike needs a shortcut button to get to the comments
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 Click the comments icon at the top of the article
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 wait does that mean ktm is in on world cup dh? via their brand gasgas?
  • 1 0
 GasGas is just another paintjob on the same open-mould frame sourced from China as Husqvarna and Raymon are.

Mother company:
www.pierermobility.com/bereiche/new-mobility


So Johannes Fischbach doesn´t change his frame sponsor, it´s the frame sponsor changing the paintjob on Fischi´s frame.
  • 1 0
 @JohSch: who cares, what does matter is that pierer - not a small player - is pouring some funds into dh
  • 1 0
 @skintightleather: he's mainly racing ebikes, not DH anymore
  • 1 0
 Why has Moir not announced yet? Must be working on video release with new team.
  • 1 0
 Wow so many adds/moves/changes coming for 2023
  • 1 0
 Canyon cleaned house, I wonder why. Something big is in store
  • 2 1
 More money in the wallet to pay for bail, just in case.
  • 4 0
 Had to pay for Sam lol
  • 1 0
 The major's son
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 Jesse Melamed could be stepping back from racing, I think it was in a PB podcast he said that he was doing an engineering degree. Maybe he wants to focus on that, which could be a reason that there hasn't been any announcement of new sponsors.
  • 2 0
 Chris Akrigg leaves GT
  • 1 0
 Great news for Jamie! I think he's got some good results coming this year.
  • 1 0
 Mtn bike racing to become D CNYN MTB RCE CHMPNSHP
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 CTRL+F stats.

Excited 26x
Stoke 7x
Push limits 3x
Unfortunately 2x
  • 1 0
 Łukasik is on Yeti! Gratulacje, Sławek!
  • 1 0
 Hell yeah Dante!!
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