Bex Baraona Joins Yeti Factory Team Alongside Kasper Woolley & Richie Rude

Feb 10, 2022 at 9:14
by Alicia Leggett  

Yeti announced today that Bex Baraona has signed with the Yeti Factory Team. The British rider announced in December that she will no longer represent Ibis after a successful partnership that culminated in her taking her first EWS win last fall in the Tweed Valley.

Now, the roots and rain specialist will race for the Yeti Factory Team, alongside her two new teammates, Kasper Woolley and Richie Rude.

bigquotesWe’re extremely proud to have Bex join our team and show our commitment to women’s racing. Her riding resume speaks for itself. She’s a fierce competitor on the track and a focused and committed athlete off it. Her desire to compete and win at the top level is why we wanted her on a Yeti, and we’re thrilled she agreed!Team manager Damion Smith


Kasper Woolley has represented the Yeti / OneUp team in the past, but after becoming a top-10 force in the 2021 season, he has officially moved up to the factory team. He has been mentored by Jared Graves, who will also continue to represent Yeti and who will move further into a coaching and team support role.

bigquotesI’m super excited to be moving up to the Factory program this year and keep building off last year. I guess I’ll be towing Richie through practice now though.Kasper Woolley


Richie Rude will fight onward on his campaign to once again win the EWS overall for his 12th season with Yeti.

bigquotesAfter a great battle in ’21, I’m looking forward to taking that drive towards this season. It should be another fun year with the team, especially with new teammates on board. Hoping to run the ‘red’ plate with the number 2 just like Villopoto.Richie Rude

Fox will continue to co-title sponsor the Yeti / Fox race teams. Shimano, DT Swiss, Maxxis, OneUp, Toyota, and Giro will all continue their long-standing sponsorships, and new for 2022 is 7iDP for rider protection. OneUp, Maxxis, Ergon, CushCore, Motorex, Occam, Chris King, Thule, Skratch Labs, and Smith are also on board.


The Yeti / Fox National and Devo teams will remain the Yeti development pipelines. Kate Lawrence has been added to the National team alongside returning rider Warren Kneiss. Kate has posted strong results on the national circuit and has shown she has the speed to go far throughout her meteoric rise through the US ranks over the last couple of years. She will be competing at the three North American EWS races along with Warren, who has also thrived on the North American scene in the last few seasons.

Quinn Reece and newcomer Jack Brown will round out the Yeti / FOX Devo Team.

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 Just don't drink from anyone's water bottle on that team
  • 32 121
flag kokofosho (Feb 10, 2022 at 9:26) (Below Threshold)
 That just makes Jack Moir's performance that much more impressive this past year. It is hard to understand how Graves and Rude and some unnamed racers are even allowed to compete at all anymore.
  • 20 0
 @kokofosho: Add Karim Armour to that list.
  • 9 11
 @kokofosho: wasn't there some tainted supplement claims made by Rude? not sure the validity but it's not a baseless claim in every case
  • 40 14
 @kokofosho: stupidest thing ive heard all day
  • 59 4
 @kokofosho: jack also cheats so it’s not as impressive. He supposedly snorts kangaroo semen on transitions
  • 5 6
 Maybe Richie's but Kasper and Bex's will be fine!
  • 11 2
 "Just don't drink from anyone's water bottle on that team"

That's a bit rude...
  • 1 0

I envision Jack at age 60 doing the exact same thing he does today and with the same stoke, surfing and biking.

A better role model than roided up racers who don’t enjoy it if they’re not winning.
  • 3 0
 @korev: Graves accusations indeed!
  • 2 2
 @WasatchEnduro: that’s probably true

I have no issues with PEDs and would prefer that they were allowed. I also have no issues with people who race to win and not have fun.
  • 69 9
 Great news but the article didn’t state whether she has a BMX background or not.
  • 11 1
 Every rider should have a check box.
  • 7 0
 its written into contracts now, default
  • 9 0
 As an engineer, I agree
  • 2 0
 @jaycubzz: bonus points if aerospace engineer
  • 32 5
 I wonder how many switch infinites her bike will eat with all that lovely Tweed Valley grit..
  • 4 0
 Infinity ........
  • 21 2
 Awesome rider and great addition to Yeti for sure!
  • 17 2
 Gowaan Bex! Stoked for you!!!
  • 10 2
 Kasper Wolley now on a factory team. So well deserved. He will be a top ten contender soon for sure.
  • 16 11
 Drinking out of water bottle's should be the least of her worries, i hope she has been issued at least 4 spare switch infinities!
  • 8 2
 Shawn Neer?
  • 28 3
 Still racing for Yeti but he's on the ambassador program this year. I guess his coffee company must be gaining Traction and he wants to focus on that more.
  • 15 2
 @reindeln: plus his coffee partner has a BMX background.
  • 5 4
 He's too busy building tracks at Left Hand to stay pro
  • 3 1
 @reindeln: he should have a beer company instead...neer beer
  • 1 0
 neer bear in a shop near you
  • 1 0
 @Sycip69er: hey keep it down someone on 303 trail monitor might hear you
  • 5 0
 First european rider on the Yeti team since a very long time...
  • 2 0
 Pretty soon every us bike manufactures team will be all foreign riders!
  • 8 3
 Wait... Bex is a dentist too?
  • 2 0
 Sweet news Bex! Nice to see you last month down at BPW in the filth….thanks for the loan of the pump by the way… All the best from the LMS riders
  • 4 1
 She's not Scottish is she?
  • 34 2
 No, but we'll take her
  • 1 0
 @jenksy: Britain can have her when she wins, Scotland when she loses - the Andy Murray trick...
  • 5 1
 Congrats Kasper!
  • 6 4
 This is the best team announced YETi Smile
  • 3 1
 Great team, now SC need to get some top league riders
  • 4 0
 Yes I'd love to see a consistent podium contender on an SC and get an SC/Yeti rivalry going. No disrespect to Iago or Mark, both of whom are awesome in their own right.
  • 6 0
 @Speeder01: perhaps when minaar is retiring in 10 years from dh he will be the top dog of the sc enduro team
  • 1 0
 True! Just some higher profile guys. Started paying attention to Iago now that he's featured a lot on Ella connoly's account but he was off my radar before!
  • 1 0
 @funkzander: 10 years? Kidding yourself right? The G.O.A.T still has at least another 15 years before he decides he wants to give EWS a full blown crack......probably drag Peatys old frail behind from behind the bar to go join him too
  • 2 0
 Awesome new Bex! Stoked for you, all the best
  • 2 0
 Richie Rude has a BMX background
  • 1 0
 Wow Bex has come a long way from her privateer days. On dream bike factory teams the whole way
  • 2 0
 No jack brown?
  • 3 0
 Bottom line
  • 1 0
 Fu@k aye!!! This is awesome
  • 1 0
 Unexpected. Very Welxome. NICE ONE BEX!
  • 1 0
 That one guy in the comments on the PinkishBike Insta yesterday was right!
  • 4 0
 Was on the Vital thread in autumn already
  • 2 0
 Cowboy Hats.
  • 1 0
 Congratulations Bex, well deserved!
  • 2 1
 Way to go Yeti for signing a female.
  • 1 1
 Stoked to watch this team of killers!
  • 9 11
 I wonder how the Pressshit bb is going to hold up to Scottish abuse long term. C'mon Yeti. Threadfit is just so much better and what riders want.
  • 5 0
 It’s surprisingly been the most reliable bit of my yeti Wink
  • 3 0
 @mattyb84: It's almost as if there's nothing wrong with press fit interfaces, just the way some bike manufacturers implement them...
  • 2 0
 @boozed: bang on, it’s just some companies have shit QC tolerances. Some are excellent.
  • 1 0
 Still running the original (Hope) PF in my 2016 SB6 that I built it with - here in SW Scotland as well. Just fitted a new SI though - 6 years of winter Inners as finally done for it
  • 1 0
 @vmgscot: my hope bb lasted 1 werk in the alps after being fitted before it started creaking. My 12 year old chris king threadfit bb is still going strong from bike to bike without any issues.
  • 1 0
 @drjonnywonderboy: my original Pf dub last nearly 5 years of weekly riding. Never creaked, never made a peep. Until the bearing failed a block from home.

I’ve never had a creaky PF bb, never figured out what the fuss is about. Only had customers with particular brands have issues, so it’s a QC/QA problem
  • 1 0

My original pf dub failed after 8 months in spectacular fashion and I somehow got the outer race out with a slide hammer.

I’ve had no creaking from the interface though in 4 years on pf. I think people must put them in dry or something.

I’ve had way more switch infinities replaced on warranty!
  • 1 0
 @mattyb84: yeah, mine failed in exceptional fashion as well. But silent until that exact moment. People act like a tiny bearing that takes all the axial, rotation, impact and side loading should last forever. It’s a wear part.
  • 1 0
 Yesssss bex
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 The #tribe is growing
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