Just a couple of months after being let go by Cannondale
, Tinker Juarez has been announced as the lead rider on a new team supported by Floyd Landis.
Landis is a former professional road racing cyclist who is known for being the original winner of the 2006 Tour de France but later tested positive for synthetic testosterone. In recent years, he has founded Floyd's of Leadville
, a CBD brand, and it is through this company he has started his racing team.
Tinker Juarez is a two-time Olympian, World Cup winner, Masters World Champion and Mountain Bike Hall of Fame member. When the news broke of Tinker being released from Cannondale, who he had been with for 25 years, Floyd was eager to sign him for 2022. Floyd said, “Tinker Juarez is a cycling legend, and almost 50 years into his career he continues to impress as a racer and ambassador for the sport. It’s my privilege to sponsor Tinker, and I look forward to the success we’ll have together."
The five-rider squad is made up of a further two men and two women, including the 2021 Unbound XL Champion Taylor Lideen, Anne Donley, Team USA U23 MTB racer Victor Cashes, and Canadian Geneviève Jeanson. Paul Thomas will serve as Team Director and racer at select events. Landis and his former US Postal Team mate David Zabriskie will also be guest racers at select events in 2022.
Speaking on his new racing team, Landis said: “After taking a couple years away from racing, we felt the timing was right to get back into it. Bicycle racing is where our core customers spend their energy and attention and we felt that being at the races would be an important step to further grow our brand. Our aim with the program is to create a family feeling, and develop a racing culture that emphasizes the experiences and stories we will share together, more than racing results. We are looking forward to connecting with all cyclists out there.”
The team will race in both gravel and mountain bike races across North America, including the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo and the Borah Epic MTB and Gravel. The team will be riding on Squad Bicycles with further sponsorship from Elevate Data + Analytics, Hellbender Gear, Kenda Tires, infinit Nutrition, Borah Teamwear, Wren Sports, Presta Cycle, Selle Repente, Boyd Wheels, B&W International GmbH, Kask helmets, Koo Eyewear, Wahoo Fitness, and the Afgravelstan 1.0 Gravel and Music Festival.