Katy Winton, Jess Blewitt, Ryan Pinkerton & Cam Cole Join GT Factory Racing

Jan 7, 2022 at 5:48
by GT Bicycles  

Press Release: GT Factory Racing


New year, new team, same vibe. The GT Factory Racing squad is adding some fresh blood to the 2022 roster, and we’re fired up to get the season started!

2020 Jr World Cup Overall winner, Ethan Craik, will be moving up to accompany Wyn Masters in Elite DH World Cup, and Ryan Pinkerton will join the team as our Junior racer. Hailing from Aliso Viejo, CA, this young speed demon has been making quite a name for himself with his dominant performance in the US DH scene. Don’t let Ryan’s age fool you, this kid is wise beyond his years and ready to prove himself on the world stage.


bigquotesJoining GTFR is the culmination of many years of hard work and is the realization of a long-term dream. I was selected to ride for the GT development team 2 years ago with the goal of being selected to join and represent GTFR and immediately enjoyed the family environment and support at GT. It is hard to put into words how excited I am to have achieved that goal and to have realized my dream. It has been an amazing journey to this point with ups/downs, broken bones and incredible (to me) success. I cannot express how excited and humbled I am to represent GT bikes on the World Cup DH circuit. It will be amazing and exceptional to be supported by a truly world class organization. I look forward to being with the GT team, including riders, coaches and staff and seeing where this part of my life journey leads me and what good times await. Ryan Pinkerton

Kiwi race and freeride phenom, Jess Blewitt, will also be joining Ethan, Wyn, and Ryan on the DH team in her second year of Elite World Cup racing. Jess linked up with the team last year with the intention of attending a few World Cups, but the vibe was so good she stayed with the team for almost the full year. Although her season ended with a devastating crash in Snowshoe, Jess proved she was a force to be reckoned with, earning 8th place at World Champs and in Maribor, as well as a 3rd and 2nd in U21 at the EWS and an invitation to RedBull Formation. At 19-years-old, Jess is only getting started in her riding career and we can’t wait to see what she accomplishes with the GTFR team!


bigquotesI’m super humbled to have received the support I did throughout the 2021 season from GT, but I’m excited to now officially be joining GTFR for my first professional season. I've been a huge fan of GT bicycles ever since I started riding downhill, and I’m stoked to have the opportunity to ride and work with an amazing team. Can’t wait for some good times ahead! Jess Blewitt

This year’s Enduro line-up will be led by two female powerhouses – Katy Winton and Noga Korem. Katy is looking to continue to add to her already impressive racing career. Together she and Noga will join Wyn on the EWS circuit. Last year, Katy ran her own program and ended up 9th overall in EWS. With the support of the GTFR team, she will have more time to focus on her riding and training, which will be a huge advantage. The Scotland native is an absolute weapon on the bike, and we cannot wait to see her and Noga dominating the Women’s EWS field!


bigquotesI am so excited to join the GTFR crew, to have a big brand supporting a female racer led enduro team was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. After a year running my own program, I realized for me to perform my best I needed a team setup and GT’s investment in ensuring there are good people and support around the athletes made it an easy decision. It’s good vibes already and I can’t wait to get stuck into racing! Katy Winton

DH World Cup vet, Cam Cole, will also be joining GTFR as Team Performance Manager, supporting rider performance needs and elevating their physical and mental game. With six Elite DH World Cup podiums and a Jr. World Champion title under his belt, Cam knows a thing or two about what’s needed to succeed as a racer. His wealth of experience and down-to-earth mentality will be a priceless asset to the whole crew.


bigquotesI’ve come full circle, after 16 years working in various roles across the top level of the mountain bike industry, I’m essentially back where I started. Which is chasing peak performance on the international racing circuit - but this time as a staff member instead of an athlete. The success of GT Factory Racing is something that I am looking forward to contributing to and being a part of for the next two years. I’m extremely grateful to the team and wider GT family who have all welcomed not only myself but all of the new team members onboard and instantly taken us into the family. Looking forward to seeing everyone at all the races in 2022.Cam Cole

bigquotesBig changes for the GTFR team for 2022! It has been a bit of an incubation process to bring up some fresh new talent that we have been nurturing along with quick-kids Jessica Blewitt and Ryan Pinkerton. Both have been under the GT wing for a while and we now get to enjoy watching them be unleashed with the full support of the program and our incredible partners.

Also pretty damn pumped about Katy Winton coming aboard teaming up with Noga to make for an exciting enduro duo in the highly competitive lady's field. Katy has had to overcome a lot during the past year and love her tenacity while remaining humble and positive.

A massive addition to the program will be Cam Cole coming on in a new role we created, Team Performance Coach. His race experience will be key in guiding and supporting the team to achieve their goals. Not sure how we are going to handle three Kiwis in the pit now?
Steve Spencer - Sports Marketing Manager




With the stacked crew of Masters, Craik, Korem, Winton, Blewitt, and Pinkerton, we already know it’s going to be a good year. Add in the fact that it is GT’s 50th Anniversary and you have got yourself a recipe for endless GOOD TIMES!

Follow @GTFactoryRacing on Instagram.

Thank you to our team partners, Shimano, Fox, Alpinestars, Michelin, OneUp, Stans, Tannus, FSA, Ethirteen, Krush, ODI, GoPro, Nezium, and Prologo for the incredible support.


120 Comments

  • 437 6
 Wow 3 female riders supported by the same factory team is a great sight ! I hope it will lead to more and more support to gals who deserve it, and I'm sure (or hope so) they are a lot !
The sport is moving in the right direction on this topic
  • 45 4
 ^^this comment deserves a thumbs up! Definitely awesome to see this from GT and happy for Katy
  • 17 24
flag matadorCE (Jan 7, 2022 at 7:41) (Below Threshold)
 Awesome to see indeed. Meanwhile, the Syndicate barely signed their 1st female rider smh
  • 4 73
flag rrolly (Jan 7, 2022 at 8:20) (Below Threshold)
 @AlynPawlin: Is it just me, but Katy doesn't look happy for Katy. She's smiling, but something seems a bit off. Maybe it's just an off day. Hope all is well with Katy. I'll cheer her on any day.
  • 61 2
 Everybody make sure you remember to hit up @rrolly for all your fantasy selections. All he needs is a recent headshot and he can tell you everything you need to know about the athletes mindset coming into the season based on an advanced smile analysis system.
  • 6 11
flag rrolly (Jan 7, 2022 at 12:15) (Below Threshold)
 @coolbeans1235: I couldn't care less about fantasy selections. Hope she's doing well. It must just be me then. Carry on, people. Nothing to see here. . .
  • 3 2
 @rrolly: you single Katy out when she appears to have the most sincere smile of all the GT riders?
  • 3 0
 Great spread across male and female fields, age range and disciplines. So good to see and should be healthy for the sport
  • 6 5
 @rrolly: you come across as the kind of person to tell someone suffering depression to just smile.
  • 2 2
 @fatduke: That's horrible.
  • 2 1
 Strong move, GT Racing! You got some great ambassadors for your brand.
  • 6 1
 @rrolly: oh I'm sorry, did my assumption of you even though I've not met you offend you.
  • 1 0
 @coolbeans1235:

HAHA - Savage!!
  • 7 0
 @rrolly: she’s Scottish. That IS a smile.
  • 2 0
 @vonbonbon: HAHA! Love it!
  • 72 2
 Well, we lost 2 athletes to this program-but we could not be happier for their new directions. Ryan has been a TLD grom since he started racing and we always hope these riders graduate into a factory program that is still with the brand, but, ultimately hope they find a solid and stable and supportive home-GT is a great program and we always know they are in good hands with Steve Spencer and the team-congrats Ryan. And as we said before, so happy for Katy to get back on a factory effort, not worry about all the headaches of self supported program. Congrats Ryan and Katy, best of Luck to GT and the riders! Stikman-TLD Brand Director
  • 17 1
 Thank you TLD. You have been such an amazing and supportive group to so many racers and the bike world owes you a great deal of gratitude and thanks. Thank you so much for the kind words about Ryan and thank you for supporting our sport!
  • 81 19
 So i'm eating some raw fresh carrots and they really taste bad. I didn't have anybody to talk to, so I figured it might be the good place to mention it.
  • 11 0
 The last bag I bought wasn't bad but definitely mediocre. Now that you mention it, I need to kill it off today so they don't waste and get more. You are not alone.
  • 28 0
 Who eats a bag of raw carrots at 9:30 in the morning? Sorry they weren't very good though, not a great way to start the day. Keep us updated on how it goes for the rest of the day.
  • 4 0
 @blackhat the most recent recall on carrots was July 2021, so I think you’re ok in that regard.
  • 27 1
 You wanna be dipping those in hummus really
  • 3 0
 @motdrawde: Oh for sure. I've also found that carrots in queso (regardless of the spice level) is strangely delicious.
  • 5 0
 dam I haven't had any carrots in at least a month. I will change that next week
  • 9 0
 This is why you buy whole carrots. Get yourself a veg peeler and come back here and report.
  • 2 0
 @Coldspringer: none of those raw carrots though make sure they are boiled nice and slow with a little sprinkle of pepper! I’m away to the kitchen...........
  • 3 0
 @Meganstuart1: Honey. The secret ingredient is honey.
  • 11 1
 Lots of good tips here. Tried ranch but it still had that bitterness. Hummus is a good idea, but probably best to just toss them and get something better. Update - Had mixed nuts and Doritos for lunch. Much better experience on both fronts. I will not attempt to explain my meal habits.
  • 1 0
 @gnarlysipes: Wouldn't have it any other way. Baby carrots are neither fresh or raw. Think it was just a bad batch.
  • 2 0
 @Blackhat: Indeed. Whole carrots are far superior.
  • 2 0
 @Blackhat: Please, explain your meal habits.... I am now quite curious and waiting impatiently for an update. Please let us know, thanks!
  • 2 0
 @fly4130: I got a little excited for a second then I realised you were speaking about the carrots
  • 43 1
 Well done to all. Great to see Katy rewarded for her perseverance and a great year.
  • 34 0
 Stoked for Katy! See you track side
  • 19 0
 Great to see that Jess has presumably recovered from the horrific Snowshoe crash. Loving this GT line up.
  • 20 0
 Great for Katy!
  • 17 0
 Damn, Steve is building GT into a powerhouse of a team like back in the day.
  • 15 0
 You can get a lot of great racers for the price of one Mr Maes
  • 14 0
 Describing a Scot as "an absolute weapon" is not the compliment GT intended.
  • 2 0
 Was exactly my first thought. Guess Katy didn't get to proof read that one.
  • 1 0
 Everyone's either a weapon or a melter. Better to be one than the other.
  • 11 0
 Great Team! Big props for GT for keeping on believing on racing and young talent. 90s vibe on this one.
  • 10 0
 It is about GT but I say all the best 4 and thumbs for Nukeproof for supporting Katy this year. With out it it could end up different.
  • 10 0
 Love everything GT is doing right now. Would have loved to see Brannigan on the team as well, but that’s too much Kiwi awesomeness under one banner.
  • 11 0
 Yo, Akrigg, Blewitt, Winton, Wyn, and Joey Gough all supported by GT. LFG GT
  • 13 0
 Don't forget Brage.
  • 11 0
 yes more women, well done!
  • 6 0
 Great job GT! My very 1st MTB was an '87 GT Avalanche that I paid... OK, I financed, for $679! Of 80's money!! I still had this beauty (with Rockshox Judys and Race Face cranks) until I donated it 2 years ago to a cause that needed it more than the wall on my bike cave did. I will always have a soft spot for GT and I'm guessing at some point, I will own one again...
  • 3 0
 I had a Mach One bmx bike about 1985 that my parents got for me when I was 10. My first time racing it at the bmx track I was in the lead and washed out on the first turn and broke my collar bone. Good times. I remember watching the GT freestyle video tapes and rad of course many times as well as cleaning freewheel and hubs with q-tips. I started mtb-ing about 89 or 90 but never owned another GT.
  • 2 0
 @matadorCE: oh man my first real mtb was a '98GT Avalanche. Ice still got it as my around town and commuter bike with the original Z1 Bomber on it. Such a great bike and company.
  • 1 0
 @Rageingdh: I had a 90s Mach One as well.
"It sounds fast - because it is."
  • 9 0
 what happened to the denim destroyer
  • 1 0
 Exactly, I was wondering the same!?!?
  • 9 3
 The editors apparently cut the last line of the article:
These awesome riders are joining GT sensation and all-around nice guy Phil Kmetz.
  • 7 0
 Katy, Noga and Wyn oh man the GT pits are gonna be a fun place to be at EWS races I bet.
  • 4 0
 @wyorider your fully out of line to take one reviewers sh*t ability to set up and charge on a bike as gospel. As all competent riders have noted. The bike out of the box is set up for absolute charging. I own this bike and at speed not even my dh bike can compare to the aggression you can ride this bike with. IT takes some tuning to ride it slowly. If you want a good review watch anything from Matt Beer.
  • 6 0
 Did Mark Maurrisen leave the team? I maybe missed something...
Also - why does no one else seem excited to see Cam Cole return to the world cup scene?!
  • 5 0
 Super excited to see Cam back in the mix!
  • 1 0
 I know, Cam Cole returning is big big news, even if its not in a riding capacity. He was top 5 rider before he left, still remember his Fort bill nissan jump whip and of course one of the worst crashes I've ever seen
  • 4 0
 Brilliant for Katy, hope she podiums many times, may the force be with her. And massive kudos to Nukeproof to stepped up when no other brand would, without them she wouldn't be going to GT.
  • 5 0
 Yes Katy!!!! hard work pays off. Hope Jess is recovering well from her crash, that was nasty.
  • 4 0
 I am absolutely loving the team, and rider roster by GT the last few years. So many talents in so many disciplines, with so much character.
  • 3 0
 As a former BMXer, blows me away to see GT having such an insane team of MTBers and Kona and Giant are getting to a point I can't name anybody riding their stuff... Very weird.
  • 2 1
 Why former?
  • 2 0
 @BikesNRussets: Injuries mostly. Because of the gravity element of mountain biking, it's quite easy to have a good time with certain weaknesses. But after breaking my right collarbone, elbow, and wrist (twice) that side is ever so slightly disabled and it makes BMX rather painful.

I still own a 20 incher and cruise the skatepark with my nephew. But I can't take the risk of airing out concrete bowls with this arm anymore :/
  • 1 0
 @lepigpen: That sucks man, but for real after a day of bmx I can’t move my arms. But it helps so much with mtb so I do it.
  • 2 0
 @BikesNRussets: Yep, there are no shortcuts on the BMX. I'm on a 29er now so even with my weakness I can kinda pump n hop and roll over so much just by using the suspension rebound and getting the front wheel over while the back wheel plows everything.

No such conveniences in BMX. If you wanna get over somethin you have to clear it. You have to land right. rigid 20 inch wheels aint gonna do you no favors... Aside from bein easy to get away from if you roll out. I still love to cruise pump tracks and do a lil grounded lap in the bowl but I don't have a hope n a prayer of doing the size of jumps i do on MTB with 20 inches again. It's ok though. I had well over 20 hard years of 20 inch trouble makin. Got away pretty clean for a person who didn't wear a helmet 99% of the time. Just glad to still be on 2 wheels after all this time.
  • 5 0
 Big things to continue from Jess this year if she bounces back from that horrific wreck last year!
  • 5 0
 Congrats! to Mr. Pinkerton
  • 1 0
 Dad will say thank you!
  • 4 0
 That’s awesome for Ryan glad to see one of the locals make it big. You’ve got it dude don’t let us down
  • 3 0
 As someone who has raced against Pinkerton the past years, it is so awesome to see him make it to the big leagues. Go smoke em ryan!
  • 3 0
 This is awesome! Really happy for Katy and the others. GT is about to do big things in 2022.
  • 4 0
 Stoked for Katy and the other women!!
  • 3 0
 Katy and Noga on the same team will pay off big time. Something about riding with your friends always tends to push things.
  • 2 0
 Get in there Katy! Awesome news. Will be watching on to see the stacked GT factory racing team be filling up all the steps!
  • 4 1
 Great to hear Katy is back on factory support.
  • 2 0
 awesome to see more women on a Team!!! hope to see this on another teams...
  • 3 1
 GT taking on some YT. Nice to see a local shredder get a shot at WCDH.
  • 2 0
 It’s always a good time to GetTheFookRacing
  • 2 1
 So pleased for Katy. Shows hard work and belief in yourself does get recognised
  • 1 0
 Can Cole is back finally! I thought he went to be a plumber in New Zealand. Just couldn’t hang up his bike!
  • 2 0
 Aw hell yea Mrs.Winton! GT looks like good fit
  • 1 0
 This will be good to watch. Savage stuff!
  • 2 0
 Use The Force
  • 3 0
 “May The Force be with you” -GT probably
  • 1 0
 Good to see the horse back....
  • 2 0
 Fantastic for Katy!
  • 2 0
 Solid additions!
  • 1 0
 Let's go GT! Make me love you again.
  • 2 0
 Love wyn so…love GT
  • 2 0
 Denym Destroyer?
  • 1 0
 Dang, does anyone have Jess's number? no, just kidding... unless?
  • 1 0
 How many riders we can hire to replace Maes? :/
  • 3 2
 HORSE!!!
  • 2 5
 So no men's enduro side of things (other than wyn hopping in a few)? Interesting after all the success of Maes that they wouldn't try and bring someone else in to plug in the EWS.
  • 2 4
 I haven't seen a GT bike in 25 yrs here in Socal or anywhere for that matter. Where are they selling these things to support such a great group of talented riders?
  • 4 7
 You earned this Katy. Go show the pinkbike haters your talents
  • 5 0
 Are there haters? I feel like I have only ever seen support for Katy, she's great.
  • 2 0
 @pisgahgnar: just read the last article on Katy and scroll to the bottom.
  • 7 0
 @Saucycheese: Scroll to the bottom of any PB article and you'll find crap. I'm probably down there in a bunch of them...
  • 4 0
 @pisgahgnar: yep it’s always the triple coilers that sink to the bottom…..
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