After seven years with YT, the German brand bid farewell
to Vali Höll at the end of December and since then we've been waiting with bated breath to find out where the young Austrian would land for 2021. At just 19 years old, she is already a two-time World Champion in the Junior category and one to watch coming into what will be her first full season in the Elite category in 2021, after an ankle injury at the Leogang World Championships cut her 2020 season short.
We've now found out that SRAM and RockShox, who have been supporting Höll throughout her career, most recently on SRAM TLD Racing, are joining forces with Trek Bicycles. RockShox and Trek will support Höll, Jamie Edmondson, Ethan Shandro, and Tegan Cruz on the newly formed RockShox Trek Race Team.
19-year-old Jamie Edmondson grew up racing and trail building in a little village down the road from Aviemore, Scotland. Last year, he finished off his first elite season with a podium spot in Lousa. Edmondson does dual duty in both Enduro and Downhill disciplines with three podiums in the U21 category in the Enduro World Series in 2020.
Edmondson is excited to jump from a privateer set up last year to the world’s youngest gravity-fueled elite race team in 2021 and will focus his racing on the World Cup circuit, with a few Enduro World Series events along the way.
Two-time Canadian National Junior Downhill Champion Ethan Shandro is a familiar name in mountain biking after his impressive debut performance as a junior on the World Cup circuit in 2019. After a 2020 season spent recovering from injury, he is looking to get back on dirt.
Ethan will continue to focus on his recovery for the time being and look to add regional races when back up to speed.
The Sea-to-Sky region of British Columbia pumps out a bunch of fast kids, one of which is Tegan Cruz. Cruz was raised on a farm with a pumptrack in Pemberton, only a quick drive to the Whistler Mountain Bike Park. The 15-year-old's brother Lucas Cruz was Höll's teammate in 2019 before moving on to Norco Factory Racing.
The 2021 race season will see Tegan focus regionally on races within B.C. as well as a few trips to Europe, should travel restrictions allow.Support Crew:
Current UCI Masters Downhill World Champion Mathieu Gallean will support Vali and the rest of the RockShox Trek Race Team in 2021. Gallean has been supporting Höll since 2018.
JT Evans will support all team activities with a specific focus on Jamie Edmondson during World Cup events. Evans has worked as a mechanic with the SRAM TLD Racing team since 2016.
Rounding out the team crew is team physio Phillip Bacher, athlete performance manager Andrew Shandro, and Managing Director John Dawson.2021 Team Calendar:PRIMARY
– UCI DH World Cup
April 24-25: Maribor, Slovenia
May 22-23: Fort William, Scotland
June 12-13: Leogang, Austria
July 3-4: Les Gets, France
Aug. 24-29: World Championships Val di Sole, Italy
Sept. 4-5: Lenzerheide, Switzerland
Sept. 18-19: Snowshoe, WV. USASECONDARY
National Championships – Austria, Canada, UK
Enduro World Series – Select
CRANKWORX Events – Select
Regional Events - SelectSponsors:Title:
RockShox – All Suspension, Hydraulic Seat PostsCo-Title:
Trek – FramesTeam Partners:
SRAM – Drivetrain, Brakes
Maxxis – Tires
DT-Swiss – Wheels, Hubs, Spokes
Ergon – Saddles, Grips
Troy Lee Designs – Race Kits, Gloves, HelmetsEquipment Suppliers:
Chris King – Headsets
Quarq – Power Meters
Truvativ – Handlebars, Stems, Seat Posts
Zipp – Road Components
For more information about the RockShox Trek Racing team, check out rockshox.com
& follow the team at @RockShox_Trek_RaceTeam