As we head into the final weeks of 2020 the Racing Rumours are beginning to heat up with news already breaking on the high-profile departures of Loris Vergier, Emily Batty and Katy Winton. We have pulled together all of the departures and retirements so far this offseason and this will be updated as more news comes in
Danny Hart Signs with Five Ten for 2021
Mariana Salazar Forms Her Own Program for 2021
GT Factory Racing to run Michelin Tires in 2021
Riders from the GT Factory Racing team have confirmed that they have made the switch from Schwalbe to Michelin tires for 2021.
Team riders Johannes on Klebelsberg and Wyn Masters both posted pictures of bikes shod with Michelin rubber and the tires can be spotted in the videos posted by other riders too.
We're not currently aware of any other changes from the team in 2021 and expect Wyn and Johannes to be joined by EWS racer Noga Korem and Junior World Cup overall winner Ethan Craik when the official team announcement is released.
Bruce Klein Announces Retirement From Full Time Racing
Eliot Jackson Signs With Santa Cruz
XC World Champion Jordan Sarrou Signs With Specialized
Veronique Sandler Signs with Santa Cruz
Loris Vergier Signs With Trek Factory Racing
One of the biggest names in World Cup DH, Loris Vergier, announced he was parting ways with the Syndicate
mid-December. Now, Trek Factory Racing has announced he'll be on the team for 2021.
Sunn Says Goodbye to Kevin Miquel
Eliot Jackson Parts Ways With Giant
Sina Frei on a New Team Following Successful Stint with Ghost
Dan Wolfe Moves on From Polygon Bikes
YT Bids Farewell to Vali Holl, Adolf Silva & Cam Zink
Remy Metailler & Cube Bikes Part Ways After 4 Years Together
Unior Tools Team Parts Ways With Devinci as Frame Sponsor After 3 Years
Veronique Sandler Parts Ways with Marin
XC World Champion Jordan Sarrou Off Absolute Absalon in 2021
Jordan Sarrou has announced that he'll be moving on from the Absolute Absalon team and BMC for 2021.
Geoff Gulevich Announces Amicable Split with Focus Bikes
Mike Jones Bids Farewell to Mondraker
Phil Atwill & Gaetan Vige Part Ways with Cube Global Squad
Commencal / Muc Off Bids Farewell to Remi Thirion After 8 Years
Commencal has posted a farewell video to Remi Thirion, who first joined its team 8 years ago.
Pauline Ferrand Prevot Parts Ways with Canyon
Canyon has announced that it is parting ways with Pauline Ferrand Prevot for 2021 and beyond.
Pauline has been riding with Canyon since 2017 and in that time has won 3 XCO World Cups, 2 XCO World Championships and the marathon World Championships
, all while struggling with iliac endofibrosis
Luke Williamson & Propain Part Way with No Team Sponsor for 2021
GT Bicycles Says Farewell to Bernardo Cruz After a Decade
Loana Lecomte on Massi for Another Year
Loana Lecomte has confirmed on social media that she will be staying with the Massi Bikes team for at least another year.
The 21-year-old French racer took her first Elite gold medal earlier this year when she beat the worlds best in Nove Mesto. In 2021 she will be hoping to join the French cycling team and head to the Tokyo Olympics for a chance to secure a Gold Medal.
Loris Vergier Not Riding Shimano Components in 2021
Not only will Loris not be racing a Santa Cruz in 2021 but it also appears he won't be working with Shimano. Depending on which rumblings you are following this will either confirm or deny your expectations on Loris' next team.
Louis Reboul Joins Cannondale
Freerider Louis Reboul has revealed on social media this week that he won't be riding with Scott in the new year and instead will be joining the growing list of talented riders on Cannondale bikes.
Adolf Silva Parts with YT Industries After Six Years
After a six-year stint at YT, it has been announced this week that Adolf Silva will be equipped with a new ride next year. We currently don't know where Silva will be heading but we will keep you updated with any news when we hear it.
Lewis Buchanan Shares More Details About His Move Away from Forbidden Bikes in 2021 and he Parts Ways with DHaRCO
After his announcement that he was no longer being sponsored in 2021 by Forbidden Bikes Lewis Buchanan has shared a few more details about the move and some hints as to what to expect about his new setup. Also, the EWS racer has revealed that his program will not be including DHaRCO clothing who jumped on as his clothing sponsor for 2020.
SRAM & Commencal Muc-Off Team Part Ways After 5 Years
First IXS announced they were parting ways with the Commencal Muc-Off team after a four-year partnership, and now SRAM has announced they will be parting ways with the Commencal Muc-Off team after being a team partner for five years.
Katy Winton Parts Ways with Trek Factory Racing Enduro Team After 5 Years
Trek Factory Racing has announced on social media and in a long-form post on its website that it has parted ways with Katy Winton for the 2021 season and beyond.
In her five years with the team, Katy Winton became a regular top-5 contender in the EWS and earned four EWS podiums - two in 2017 and two in 2018. Her 2019 season was disrupted with a bad concussion but she came back strongly in 2020 with two top-5 finishes.
Jose Borges Parts Ways with Miranda Factory Racing
Jose "Ze" Borges has announced he will not be racing with the Miranda Factory Team from 2021 onwards.
The Portuguese rider has been racing with the Portugese team for the past six years and his palmares include a second place at the EWS Madeira in 2019 alongside eight other EWS top ten finishes, two podiums in the EWS-E in 2020 and the Portuguese National DH Championships in 2019.
Yoann Barelli Says Farewell to Commencal after 4 Years
Yoann Barelli has announced on social media that he will no longer be riding Commencal bikes.
After announcing his move away from racing and the launch of his new coaching and guiding business, 'Into the Gnar Experience,' earlier this year Yoann Barelli has now revealed that he will no longer be riding for Commencal as a sponsor going forward.
Tom Isted & GT Part Ways, Isted Without a Frame Sponsor for 2021
Tom Isted has announced 2020 will be his last season with GT, leaving him without a sponsor for 2021.
Isted joined GT at the start of 2018 after six years on Mongoose. He has now become a regular face on the FEST series and Audi Nines, and has picked up a top ten result at the McGazza Slopestyle at Crankworx Rotorua.
Loris Vergier Parts Ways with The Syndicate for 2021
In their latest video release, The Syndicate has confirmed the departure of fast Frenchman Loris Vergier from 2020's top racing team.
Emily Batty and Trek Part Ways After 12 Years
Emily Batty and Trek have parted ways, Trek has confirmed in a social media post and long-form post on their website today.
Batty first joined Trek Factory Racing more than 12 years ago when she was still an Under 23 racer on the World Cup circuit. Before then she raced for Trek Store Toronto and she has also raced for the Subaru Trek team in the past but the Wisconsin brand has remained her frame sponsor for nearly all her racing career. In her time with the team, she has earned 15 World Cup podiums and twice finished third at the World Championships.
YT Mob Bids Farewell to Angel Suarez
The end of 2020 sees some changes for the team going into 2021. After 5 years on the Mob, Angel Suarez has made the decision that it’s time for a change. His contract will expire at the end of this month and of course we wish him well in his new chapter.
Lewis Buchanan Parts Way with Forbidden as a Frame Sponsor for 2021
EWS racer Lewis Buchanan has announced that he won't be riding for Forbidden and will have a new sponsorship deal in 2021.
After quickly pulling together his own collection of sponsors for the 2020 season that included riding Forbidden frames and testing out their new prototype enduro bike at the EWS, Lewis Buchanan has revealed that he will have something more long term to ride in 2021 and beyond.
Melanie Chappaz Parts Ways with Hope Factory Racing
The 2017 Junior World Champion, Melanie Chappaz, has announced she will be parting ways with Hope Factory Racing in a social media post.
Chappaz joined the Hope team at the start of 2018 for her first year as an Elite rider. Her best World Cup result with the team was a 9th at Val di Sole in 2019 however she also won the first round of the French Cup earlier this year at Alpe d'Huez.
IXS Parts Ways with Commencal Muc-Off Team After 4 Year Partnership
After a four year partnership that saw Commencal Muc-Off team riders win 10 World Cups, 2 World Cup overalls, and a World Championship among other accolades, IXS announced on Instagram today that their partnership with the team has come to an end.
We don't know who the team's new race gear and protection sponsor is, although the team did comment "Nope" in response to a fan's query about whether it was Ride 100% on their Instagram post.
Camille Balanche Confirms 2 More Years on Dorval AM
Reigning downhill World Champion, Camille Balanche, has confirmed she will be racing with the Dorval AM team for another 2 years.
Balanche announced she was joining the Dorval team at the end of the 2019 season after racing her first full season as a privateer when she had earned 2 podiums and a second-place at Crankworx Innsbruck.
Kathrin Stirnemann Announces Retirement From International Racing
Swiss XC racer Kathrin Stirnemann has announced her retirement from international racing. The Thomus RN Racing rider found the greatest success in XCE (Cross Country Eliminator) where she became World Champion in 2014 and 2017.
Tracey Hannah to Stop Racing UCI World Cups
Tracey Hannah announces that she will stop racing the UCI World Cup circuit after the 2020 season but will still keep competing.
Maxime Marotte & Cannondale Factory Racing Part Ways
Maxime Marotte announced in October that he will no longer be racing with the Cannondale Factory Racing XC team with his future 'not clear yet'.
Madison Saracen & Danny Hart to Part Ways at the End of the Year
Danny Hart and Madison Saracen will be parting ways at the end of this season after Madison announced on October 13 that it will not be renewing Danny Hart's contract.
Dominic Langan, CEO of Madison, said: "I would like to thank Danny for everything he brought to the team over the last three years and I wish him every success for the future."
Danny Hart said: