Trek Bicycles and 23 Degrees Announce Team Plans

Aug 12, 2008
by Tyler Maine  
23 Degrees Sports Management announced today that it will be returning to Mountain Bike World Cup racing in 2009 with a brand new team, with Trek Bicycles as a title sponsor.

Previous years have seen 23 Degrees win the many World Cup titles with their teams Global Racing, and most recently Team G Cross Honda, and the new team will have very similar goals.Through this partnership, 23 Degrees will now be able to create a World Class MTB team with Trek Bicycles, a company which has a proven track record in producing the best racing machines in the world. The team will compete in the World Cup disciplines of downhill and cross country.

Trek's history of world class competition includes an impressive resume: 8 Tour de France wins, countless classics, multiple MTB World Cup wins, and an impressive array of endurance titles — all within the last decade.

23 Degrees Founder and CEO Martin Whiteley commented on the new partnership: "We're extremely excited to be part of Trek's ambitions for top level World Cup racing and results in 2009 onwards, and we're doubly excited to be returning to the race scene, one that has served our company well over the past 8 years".

Further details on the team, sponsors and rider line-up will be released at a later date once they are fully confirmed.


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 Looks like Road must be officially dead for Trek, its good to see them returning to MTB, it can only help the sport.
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 even if there just rumors, i want sam to race for iron horse for another year.
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 that would be cool, but i think that sam wants to move on. and i think that where ever he goes, his mechanic and manager will go. but i don't know what will happen with teammate brenden (he's still on for another year)
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 i have heard that iron horse is only making low end stuff next year, no real MTB stuff and there wll be no team at all
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 yeah but brenden still has his contract with ironhorse for another year... so there must be a program going unless they cancel the contract and he goes with sam somewhere or somewhere on his own.
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 whateva sam hill will still smash. but at least these guys will have an actually bike company behind them now
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 Popular opinion is that Sam Hill will be on this team in 09....
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 There should be a rumour mill thread. Sam Hill is most likely the rider on this team, I expect there'll be one more - It won't be Greg, Matti or Brendan since they've already got their deals.
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 i heard from the dirt mag that they've already been talking to racheal atherton, though i think the athertons would never break up. now image this: the athertons go on trek with sam hill, they would be a unstoppable team (biggest competitor to syndicate)
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 Sam Hill needs to move on from Ironhorse, it would be rad if he hoped on Trek... ironhorse sucks!!
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 isn't that picture off of NSMB?
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 nsmb did have the same photo i know that
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 The picture is a stock photo that Sterling Lorence took at a Trek press camp. Lots of sites have used it.
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 i think the main bike shot sterling lorence shot on the nsmb page has the bike facing the other way. but like brule said, theyre stock photos from the press camp.

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