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Vlad Dascalu Joins Trek Factory Racing

Jan 6, 2022
by Sarah Moore  

After two years racing for Trek Pirelli, Vlad Dascalu announced that he was parting ways with the team at the end of 2021. Today, we find out that he will continue to ride for Trek in 2022, but he will be stepping up to Trek Factory Racing.

The 24-year-old Romanian was dominant in his final year in the U23 category in 2019, winning both the European Championships and the World Championships, before a difficult year transitioning to elite in 2020. He says that he struggled with the long hours on the indoor trainer and the uncertainties around the race calendar. "I'm the kind of rider who needs racing, you know? There are others who can reach a good level just through training, but I need racing. I need the motivation that racing gives me. It helps me push my limits and reach my top level," he told Trek in an interview. His top results were a 30th at the World Cup race in Nove Mesto and an 11th at World Championships and European Championships.

With a full calendar in 2021, Dascalu showed his potential in the elite category with a fifth in Leogang in June, then seventh at the Tokyo Olympics. He barely missed a podium with a fourth-place finish at World Championships in Val di Sole in August, then capped the year with his first ever World Cup medal in Snowshoe in September, taking silver.

Dascalu will be the final member on Trek Factory Racing for the 2022 season, joining Evie Richards, Jolanda Neff, Anton Cooper, Riley Amos and Maddie Munro.

bigquotesTrek Factory Racing is my dream team, I thought I would like to be in this team in my future. And being here now, being part of Trek Factory, it's like a dream come true and I couldn't be happier with it.

I wanted to stay with Trek because I really like the bikes, and all the things involved with the team. I looked up to it from the outside, and now even more from the inside. Because when you know the people who make a team, you like it even more. So I think it was the best decision I could make.
Vlad Dascalu

Dascalu just completed a training camp in December with the Trek-Segafredo road cycling team in Spain to get a good base of training and is looking forward to building on his 2021 results when the XC World Cup season kicks off in Brazil in April.

bigquotesThe results I had last year gave me confidence to continue to improve. I want to keep that kind of routine, and do the training camps I did at altitude before the important racing. I just want to give my best. I'm so motivated to be with the team. You know, it feels not that far, but it's far at the same time, to win a World Cup, but that is what I want.Vlad Dascalu


Read Dascalu's full interview with Trek Race Shop about his best memories from a stellar 2021 season, what it was like realizing his Olympic dream for Romania and what he's looking forward to most as part of TFR here.

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  • 21 0
 Woooh, good luck Vlad!!! Definitely one to watch this season.
  • 25 5
 Nice bulge! Be safe be well, Incognito Robin
  • 2 1
 This is now the number one worst comment of 2022 so far.
  • 6 0
 This comment section is a great study in the quality/calibration of peoples' screens/viewing device. If viewing the photo on a good screen/calibrated device you shouldn't be able to see the bulge. But @calcrossland26 @cyclebean @notoutsideceo have screens that are way too bright and/or don't have good contrast so they're bringing up the black levels too much in the kit. Hence why they have near x-ray vision. Whereas @woofer2609 's screen is dark that he's just seeing a totally black circle.
  • 3 0
 I only see the black circle, but I'm using my imagination! Be safe be well, Incognito Robin
  • 11 4
 From PB Academy to Trek Factory! Inspiring!
  • 5 5
 Different vlad.
  • 2 2
 @TimnberG: same woosh
  • 1 0
  • 4 1
 so basically hes just not pirella sponsored anymore but has managed to feature on the pinkbike front page twice
  • 3 0
 ...and the GOAT gives him props on his Insta for his smooth riding style! Big Grin
  • 3 0
 Saw him battle with Schurter and other top elites at Snowshoe. He's a strong rider that will win a WC race soon!
  • 3 1
 Imagine leaving Trek racing only to wake up and still be racing for Trek racing.... Mountain bike groundhog day....
  • 1 2
 Imagine not understanding the difference between a factory team and one that isn't factory! Big Grin
  • 2 0
 This thread is offering some stiff competition for the most immature comments since, well the start of this year probably.
  • 3 0
 Congrats! Probably the first (XC) star from southeast Europe. Wink
  • 2 1
 Not sure if my American is showing here, but Yana Belomoina is from around there, isn't she?
  • 2 0
 @Vudu74: Southeast Europe is a subset of Central and Eastern Europe. The CEE region has already "produced" a few mtb stars incl. Kulhavy, Cink, Prokop, Marosi and Slavik (Czech rep.), Yana Belomoina (Ukraine), etc. Vlad is the first star from the Southeast region (Romania)...
  • 2 3
 For a second there, I thought PB had censored Vlad's crotch with a big black circle.
  • 4 1
 I get it...happens to me ALL.THE.TIME!!!!
  • 3 2
 Vlad the impaler!
  • 3 6
 Unfortunate kit makes it look like he's wet himself
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