Trek Factory Racing Announce Two New Riders for the 2017 Season

Jan 25, 2017 at 3:47
by Atherton Racing  
Press Release

Trek Factory Racing will add two exciting young riders to their 2017 World Cup squad. 16-year-old Kade Edwards will graduate the Atherton Academy to join the team on the Junior World Cup circuit and 23-year-old Graeme Mudd will ride in the Elites.

Trek Factory Racing announce two New Riders for the 2017 Season Photo Dan Hearn

Team Director Dan Brown said, “Racing with Kade is always exciting as any one who’s seen him ride will know! He first came to our attention during an Atherton Experience Day when he was just 13 years old and in his first year with the Academy (as a 2nd-year juvenile) he swept the board with 5 out of 5 wins in the British Downhill Series. The next two years had their ups and downs all of which have been a vital part of his progression as a rider. We’re all excited to see Kade on the World Cup Circuit.”

Trek Factory Racing announce two New Riders for the 2017 Season

Kade said, “I was so surprised and totally stoked when Browny asked me to join the World Cup team. I can’t say enough what a massive learning curve the last three years with the Atherton Academy have been. Now it's time to pay them back with some points for the team and I’ll be going all out to make that happen. If I can win the British National Championships and at least one Junior World Cup this year I’ll be over the moon.”

Trek Factory Racing announce two New Riders for the 2017 Season. Pic. Richard McGibbon
Aussie rider Graeme Mudd bids farewell to life as a privateer and will base himself at Atherton HQ in North Wales for the 2017 season.

Gee Atherton said, “We’re always alert to emerging potential and there were some flashes of brilliance in Muddy’s 2016 season, it was obvious that he is our kind of hard-wired racer. At Hardline we got a chance to spend some time with him and the whole team became huge fans. We’re really looking forward to seeing how the increased support impacts on his 2017 results.”

Trek Factory Racing announce two New Riders for the 2017 Season

Muddy said, “2016 felt like a real turning point for me and I gained a lot of valuable experience but I know that with some more resources behind me I can be sitting at the pointy end of the results lists a lot more often. I am totally stoked to be riding with Trek Factory Racing DH, I’m beyond excited to join a team whose passion and desire for success is everything I’ve dreamed of. I’m about as good as a guy who has just landed his first gig in the World Cup team could be!"

Trek Factory Racing announce two New Riders for the 2017 Season Pic. Richard McGibbon

But it’s not just the rider roster that’ll be transformed this season.

Announcing Nick Grantham’s appointment as the team’s new Head Coach Dan Brown said, “We interviewed a number of very high-level candidates but Nick’s down to earth approach and his 20 years experience of working across 35 different sports coupled with his successes as a Nike Trainer really grabbed our attention."

Trek Factory Racing announce two New Riders for the 2017 Season
His coaching CV stretches from Olympic gymnasts to professional golfers and his current work as Head of Strength and Conditioning with a Premiership Football Club. We’ve deliberately gone outside of the expected industry pool and already we’re enjoying the benefits of applying a completely new philosophy and methods.

Nick Grantham said, “I share the ambitions of the team so like them I’m excited for 2017 but I’m under no illusion that we have work to do. We’ve already identified several areas where we believe we can chase improvements. We’ll build on the excellent work put in place by outgoing Strength and Conditioning Coach, Alan Milway and Darren Roberts before him but we can’t sit back and do the same old, same old. I’ve been impressed at the rider’s openness to new ideas and the enthusiasm they’ve brought to training and testing and I believe they have the ability to kick on again to a new level of performance.”

The Atherton family will remain at the heart of Trek Factory Racing DH. Rachel Atherton hopes to continue her run of 13 consecutive World Cups and two consecutive World Championships and Gee is focusing on an intense regime of shoulder rehab after a frustrating 2016 season for the double World Champion. Dan Atherton remains the 'guiding light' of Atherton Racing, mentoring the team, the Academy riders and sharing his vision and world-class bike handling skills with both siblings and new recruits. He will continue building epic tracks for the team’s film projects and events such as Red Bull Hardline.

Tip of the hat to 4 gold medals and the perfect season. Congratulations to the unstoppable Rachel Atherton from all Pinkbike

Behind the scenes, Team Director Dan Brown takes the reins for the 11th consecutive year with Joe Krejbich continuing as Head Technician for his 4th Season with the team. Pete Michaliszyn wrenches for Gee for his 7th year. Gill Harris heads up communications and “making shit happen” for the sixth year running. Doug Jones and Laura Robson of Altius Healthcare will take charge of physio and rehab for the fourth year running.

Brotherhood at it s best.

Rachel Atherton said, “We’re so lucky to have the consistency of this great team behind us, year after year we’re free to concentrate on riding our bikes.” The team is delighted to head into 2017 with the same brilliant sponsors as 2016. Gee Atherton said, “working with Trek bikes this year has been an absolute revelation, their level of expertise and responsiveness has blown us away.” Long term supporters Red Bull, Silverline tools, Fox, Shimano, Jeep UK, IXS Sports, Bell Bike Helmets, Muc-off, Stages Cycling, Hopetech, Bontrager, GoPro, Oakley, Polished Racing, Douchebags and DG Mills remain an integral part of the Trek Factory Racing DH set up.

MENTIONS: @trekfactoryracingdh / @redbullbike / @foxracingshox / @shimano / @iXSsports / @BellBikeHelmets / @hopetech


  • + 80
 Wow surprised to see Graeme Mudd! Good job!
  • - 24
flag colincolin (Jan 25, 2017 at 5:51) (Below Threshold)
 IKR!! grey mud is such a rare phenomenon!
  • + 21
 He looks like Brett Rheeder lol
  • + 112
 Brett Rheeder looks like a session.
  • + 10
 Brett Rheeder is on YT
  • + 2
 Reed boggs is going on trek too.
  • + 12
 Finally out of the friend zone!!! From a privateer to a full-on sponcership yaaaahhhhhhh man!!!!!
  • + 2
 @Husker2112: I thought it was at first
  • + 1
 @JustinLund: me too haha
  • + 1
 Has Vernon Taylor been released then?
  • + 51
 Douchebags? Did they just say at the end the team is sponsored by Douchebags??
  • + 2 lol NSFW!
  • + 4
 If i am not mistaking it for another company then it's owned by Martin Soderstrom. It's travel bags for clothes, camera equipment, ect..
  • + 25
 @Dynex: actually a ski bag/travel bag company founded by freeskier Jon Olsson. Soderstrom is one of many athletes sponsored by the company along with Trek racing. Good products, stupid name.
  • + 17
 @bobinitacnh: stupid name...maybe. It it got people talking about it. Marketing at its finest.
  • + 6
 Sometimes it's worth reading the last paragraph. Now...if I can just hear Gee thank "...all the Douchebags out there that made this win possible" while standing proudly on a World Cup podium, I can die happy.
  • + 1
 @Grizzlycycles661: It has a different meaning in Sweedish to the American term ahah.
  • + 2
 @bobinitacnh: My bad.
  • + 1
 @Dynex: I believe the accepted meaning is , a piece of medical am equipment to wash out bodily orifices with a sterile solution in preparation for an operation
  • + 14
 Gee needs a podium early this year
  • - 10
flag murfio (Jan 25, 2017 at 6:22) (Below Threshold)
 He needs a pooh also
  • - 12
flag piersgritten (Jan 25, 2017 at 9:32) (Below Threshold)
 I'm a big fan but I think it's fair to say he's past his prime
  • + 8
 Go Muddy!! Hope to see another Aussie mixing it up at the pointy end this season!!
  • + 5
 I have one question,maybe I missed something but why did they mention hopetech? Is there a new partnership here or did I miss the memo...
I always thought that Trek Factory was supported by Fox,Bell,no Tubes and Shimano(amongst other sponsors).
Thanks and wish the whole team a great season
  • + 1
 I'm not quite sure what parts they use from hope but I know they have been together for a while now
  • + 2
 Per the trek factory racing website under the sponsor links it says they use hope seatclamps and headsets.
  • + 1
 @sino428: They previously used hope chainrings too.
  • + 6
 Atherton Racing rules! They rule!
  • + 5
 Is Dan going to race WC's??? Hes a quiet little fella
  • + 4
 Yeah I was wondering the same thing. It sure sounded like he would concentrate on WC DH in the last news, but "remains the guiding light" has a totally different ring to it.
  • + 2
 ...WAIT, there is something missing: The article does not mention, that the Trek Factory Racing Team is proud to announce the engagement of a 40y old trailhunter, in this case represented by the holy ME... *please*
  • + 3
 Best news for Muddy, so stoked to see another Oz WC rider
  • + 1
 so stocked to see Muddy got proper support behind him. I will be cheering for Muddy on 2017 WC!
  • + 3
 Nice one kade edwards
  • + 1
 Team is gonna be stronger with Mudd, such a great rider. Hope everyone in the team have good results in 2017!
  • + 1
 @sino428 and piersgritten: thanks guys,I did not know that.
  • + 1
 Yeah muddy! Good work dude
  • + 1
 Graeme Mudd looks similar to Geezus with a haircut
  • + 0
 Why not bring another female on board? Help develope a junior lady?
  • + 20
 Not sure if you've seen but I think they have the Womens division covered....
  • + 4
 It's not like they're not supporting womens' DH, Rachel seems to do a lot of coaching and the like for women in the UK. Perhaps they haven't found the right person?
  • - 7
flag jaame (Jan 25, 2017 at 15:13) (Below Threshold)
 @PhillipJ: Also I think it's because most people don't give a rat's ass about women's dh racing.
  • + 0
 Yeah Muddy!! Pumped to see shredding this year.
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