Sam Blenkinsop, Harry Heath, Jack Iles and Magnus Manson Join Norco Factory Racing Team

Nov 26, 2014
by Pinkbike Staff  
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Norco Bicycles is thrilled to announce the creation of an all-new World Cup downhill race team in partnership with Todd Schumlick/PerformX: Norco Factory Racing. The team consists of Sam Blenkinsop, Harry Heath, Jack Iles, Magnus Manson and Team Owner/Manager Todd Schumlick of PerformX Racing. Norco Factory Racing athletes will compete in the 2015 UCI World Cup downhill circuit and select major events around the world.

"We're committed to designing world class bikes in all categories, and with our Norco Race Development (NRD) downhill program, we are truly excited to work alongside such an elite group of world-class athletes - we welcome them to the Norco Bicycles family," says Norco Marketing Manager Chris Cook. "They are an incredibly talented group of riders that not only bring impressive results on race day and a hunger to go faster, they demonstrate great character with a passion, knowledge and love for the ride that they demonstrate every day."

Norco Factory Team 2015 image by Margus Riga

New Zealand native Sam Blenkinsop comes off a personal best season in 2014, where he finished 5th overall in UCI world rankings. The UK's Harry Heath had a breakout 2014 season, moving from his national circuit onto the World Cup stage and delivering solid results. Canadian Jack Iles will be moving up to the World Cup's pro classification in 2015, while countryman Magnus Manson will be testing himself against the best juniors on the World Cup circuit. Together, the team offers up a potent blend of experience, passion, drive and blistering speed.

"The guys could not be more excited to be joining the Norco family," says Team Owner/Manager Todd Schumlick. "This partnership is based on the alignment of the riders' needs with the objectives of a local, proudly Canadian brand. Norco makes a DH bike that these guys want to ride because they know it will enable them to compete with the best in the world. We're all excited to have the opportunity to grow and win together."

Norco Factory Team 2015 image by Margus Riga

Photos by Margus Riga

About Norco Bicycles:
With roots firmly planted in the world-class testing ground that is British Columbia, Canada, Norco Bicycles has grown into a global company delivering superior cycling experiences to everyone, everywhere. With 50 years as a leader in the industry, our success is built on an unwavering commitment to listen, innovate and ride.


83 Comments

  • 85 1
 Yes! So stoked to see two of Canada's strongest up-and-coming racers get full factory support. Can't wait for World Cup season.
  • 20 0
 oh yeah me too dude thats awesome finally canadians with stevie on the wc
  • 47 10
 Suggestions for 2016: Casey Brown, Micayla Gatto, or Miranda Miller.
  • 39 1
 I know it does no belong here, props to guys up there..

See where mr hart ended up Big Grin

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  • 24 1
 And now we wait for the carbon Aurum to come out.
  • 1 0
 Late spring/early summer
  • 6 1
 Interesting change for Blenki , wonder if Norco is going to have a flash rig (truck n trailer) and set up like his old team ?
  • 4 29
flag VPPFREEDOM (Nov 26, 2014 at 16:55) (Below Threshold)
 I hear gorilla tape is sponsoring them to strengthen up those flimsy norco frames
  • 2 1
 Interesting to see that hart is no longer getting his rockshox blackbox treatment , thought the team might have switched over seeing as he'll be their lead rider
  • 1 0
 True that
  • 4 0
 and Jack's little bro, Finn, is riding for Lapierre.
  • 3 0
 Great team, would be greater supporting some of Canadas amazing female talent like @scottsecco said
  • 1 0
 Can't wait to watch them next year!
  • 61 0
 Good Luck Magnus! We loved having you on the team last year, and we are sure you are going to do amazing!!
  • 10 0
 Classy as ever Dunbar, you lot rule! Great folks all round in this announcement.
  • 42 0
 Hell yea blenki!! Time to start rakin' in podiums again
  • 18 0
 that nose tap to manual over the rock was so clean it was filthy
  • 27 0
 Everyone get prepared for norcos to take over NZs trails.
  • 25 5
 They need an elite women on the team. Come on Norco sponsor Micayla or Cassie!!!
  • 21 2
 Jill Kintner still with norco
  • 10 0
 @germinois Their last announcement led us to believe that her and Bryn won't be focusing on World Cups but rather North American events.
  • 6 1
 Not racing WC though
  • 4 0
 Yep but apparently not on WC anymore.
  • 5 0
 pretty sure they both got contracts and wc rides atm. Would be cool if they had a girl on the squad, but magnus and jack are on fire and fully deserve a wc ride.
  • 3 0
 @game Nope, Micayla has officially been looking for a sponsor since the end of the season and I don't know about Casey, but there's no news about the Bergamont team continuing on for next year, so it's likely she is also checking things out.
  • 6 0
 ah weak, thought they were hooked up for the time being, seems like yesterday they signed with those teams. Devinci where you at?
  • 1 0
 Agree, this team needs a female rider, c'mon Norco
  • 3 0
 lauren daney
  • 1 0
 Lauren Daney to Intense factory racing. that would be sweeeeeet
  • 1 0
 lauren daney is impolite to be that much hot and she ride bike faster than me
  • 17 0
 Massive fan of Harry Heath! Love Blenkis riding! Huge team follower already! Good luck everyone!
  • 11 1
 Sam is one of my favorite riders to watch, very cool that he's joining Norco!!
  • 10 1
 I guess Magnus got his wish. Looking forward to seeing how he will fare in the junior world cups!
  • 12 3
 Excellent to see young Canadian racers get factory support! Good luck to riders and team in the WC in 2015!
  • 5 1
 by a canadian brand
  • 2 0
 super pumped as well to see these fast young canadians picked by a canadian brand and gaining huge experience from top world cup team mates. good luck and have fun!!
  • 11 2
 Norco, Fox, Raceface, Formula, Shitmano, Novatec, and Schwalbe? damn thats a rowdy build!
  • 1 0
 I see what you did there!
  • 9 1
 Never would have guessed about Blenki, given how subtle Norco's last video was lol
  • 8 1
 great move for norco getting blenki and heath
  • 6 0
 so glad blenki didn't join scott Big Grin
  • 6 1
 so stoked to watch this team kick some ass
  • 6 0
 Harry Heath, hell yeah!!
  • 4 0
 Instead of Blenki riding with Finn Iles on Lapierre he'll be riding with Finn's brother Jack on Norco. Awesome!
  • 5 1
 cant tell what im more excited about, the team, or the new bike
  • 5 1
 sick ass group of riders! best of luck for the season lads
  • 4 0
 The force is strong in this group...let the force be with you!
  • 2 0
 Sweet, excited to see them have a good mix of seasoned veterans and development. I'd like to see a woman or two on the team too.
  • 2 0
 Wasnt blenky 3rd overall in 2010 ?

"New Zealand native Sam Blenkinsop comes off a personal best season in 2014, where he finished 5th overall in UCI world rankings"
  • 3 1
 Lookin forward to see this team racin! Really happy to see Blenki in a new team..
  • 3 0
 Norco got a sick team and may get some good results!!! hope them the best
  • 4 0
 Stacked!
  • 3 0
 Congrats to all, a wicked team with a very focused manager and trainer!
  • 3 0
 I heart Pemberton riding.
  • 2 0
 Nice one 'Arry. Meteoric rise. I just wish Eski boy brayton could get an injury free season and 'go factory'
  • 1 0
 thats a damn good line up! good to see bc cup riders moving up to the worldstage
  • 2 1
 Looks like blenki was never into the new lapierre. Did he ride it more than once in a WC?
  • 3 0
 I don't think it was the bike, more like lapierre wanting bruni as their premier rider and him mentoring vergier, blenki had been with them for a while tho
  • 2 1
 Lapierre team was too stacked.
  • 3 0
 Go baz!
  • 1 0
 Hell yeah blenki! Sick to see him at the top of a great team fair and square
  • 2 0
 FUCKIN NORCO!!!! YAHOOOOO!! weeeee lets see what happens!
  • 2 1
 Yeah Magnon Mason, Finally you got your Dream. Congrat Dud.
www.pinkbike.com/video/352920
  • 2 0
 blenky for presidente best STYLE AT WC
  • 1 0
 Super stoked to be riding an Aurum! Anyone know where this was filmed?
  • 3 0
 Pemberton
  • 2 0
 Blenki FTW!
  • 1 1
 Thank you I thought the same but Mr. @BrendanVDB is an embittered insolent.
  • 2 0
 Yeah boy!
  • 1 0
 So pleased Blinki is ripping a Norco!!
  • 1 0
 Wonder how many options there will be for the carbon aurum
  • 1 0
 What a stacked team Norco has this year!!!! AWESOME
  • 1 0
 0:40-0:52 just makes absolutely no sense
  • 1 0
 What happened to Lorenzo Suding???
  • 1 0
 River gap 3
  • 1 0
 ha ha - up a gear
  • 1 0
 THAT NOSE TAP AT 2:03!
  • 1 0
 Go Magnus
  • 4 7
 Mountain bikings equivilant to FIFA ultimate team
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