The Complete Guide to the 2019 World Cup DH Teams

Feb 8, 2019 at 9:48
by James Smurthwaite  

It seems like there's a new team announcement every other day, and it can be hard to keep track of who is riding for who. See where the dust has settled and what colors to expect your favorite riders in when the race season finally gets underway in our 2019 UCI Downhill Team Round-Up.

Intense Factory Race Team
Aaron Gwin, Jack Moir, Neko Mulally

Gwin makes the big move of the winter as he joins his Temeculan neighbours Intense. He comes on board as rider and team owner and brings Neko Mulally from the YT MOb with him. Jack Moir stays while Dean Lucas and Charlie Harrison depart Learn more.

Atherton Racing
Gee Atherton, Dan Atherton, Rachel Atherton, Charlie Hatton, Mille Johnset

The Athertons start their own bike brand with the founders of Robot Bike Co and the British investor Piers Linney. Charlie Hatton and Mille Johnset follow with them from Trek Learn more.

Trek Factory Racing
Charlie Harrison, Reece Wilson, Kade Edwards, Ethan Shandro

With the Athertons on to pastures new, Trek fill their boots with Charlie Harrison and Reece Wilson. Junior World Champion Kade Edwards steps up to elites to join them. Ethan Shandro, Andrew's son, steps up to junior ranks. This is a super young team with an average age of less than 22.Learn more.

Scott Factory DH Team
Brendan Fairclough, Dean Lucas, Marine Cabirou, Florent Payet, Louis Gaillet

Velosolutions has been wound up but Scott are back with a full factory set up with Lucas, Payet and Cabirou joining Fairclough. Learn more.

Cube Global Squad protected by Bliss
Phil Atwill, Gaetan Vige, Max Hartenstern

For 2019, Cube's downhill team loses the Kiwi, Matt Walker, but Atwill and Vige come on board. Hartenstern remains. Learn more.
Look out for the number 2 ranked junior going into the season Germany s Max Hartenstern the new signing to ride alongside Walker and Williamson.

Dorval AM
Maxime Ciriego, Benoit Coulanges, Damien Desbrosses, Monika Hrastnik, Jules Picod, Baptiste Pierron, Emile Rilat, Mariana Salazar

Breakout star in the women's last year, Monika Hrastnik joins Dorval AM. Alongside her will be another new signing, Amaury's brother Baptiste. Benoit Coulanges, Mariana Salazar and Emile Rilat stay on the team. Learn more.
Benoit Coulanges fired some warning shots in the TT and come through for the finals with 11th.

MS Mondraker
Laurie Greenland, Brook Macdonald, Mike Jones, Thibault Laly, Brage Evensen Vestavik

No personnel changes for Mondraker but they welcome Michelin back to the World Cup circuit. Mondraker are also fielding a subsidiary team with Eleonora Farina, Thibault Laly and Brage Vestavik. Learn more.
Laurie Greenland has always done well here in Val di Sole and would finish 4 seconds back and just one spot off the podium.

Commencal Vallnord Team
Amaury Pierron, Thibaut Daprela, Myriam Nicole, Rémi Thirion, Gaetan and Thibaut Ruffin

Why fix what isn't broken? Commencal Vallnord are sticking not twisting with eyes set on more wins. They have picked up Bell as a helmet sponsor too. Learn more.
Bell Helmets

Commencal / 100% Team
Thomas Estaque, Hugo Frixtalon, Bruce Klein, Antoine Rogge

Hugo Frixtalon and Antoine Rogge join Thomas Estaque and Bruce Klein on the Commencal / 100% team. Learn more.

Pivot Factory Racing Team
Bernard Kerr, Eddie Masters, Emilie Siegenthaler, Matt Walker

Matt Walker hops from Cube to Pivot to replace Rupert Chapman. The rest of the team stays put. Learn more.

Polygon UR
Mick Hannah, Tracey Hannah, Alexandre Fayolle, Simon Chapelet

Siblings and Vice World Champions Sick Mick and Little Trace will be returning to race with the Polygon UR team again this year, as will Alexandre Fayolle and Simon Chapelet . Learn more.

Norco Factory Racing
Sam Blenkinsop, Henry Fitzgerald, Elliot Jamieson

Well, the Atherton rumours turned out to be false but Norco stays looking super strong with Blenki, Henry Fitzgerald and new junior Elliot Jamieson on board. Learn more.
Garbanzo DH - Crankworx Whistler 2018

Propain Dirt Sixpack Team
Rudy Cabirou, Henry Kerr, Joseph Smith, Luke Williamson

Joe Smith joins Propain alongside two other Brits and a Frenchman. Learn more.

Unior/Devinci Factory Racing
Kirk McDowall, Dakotah Norton, Keegan Wright, Jure Žabjek, Tanja Akelj

Devinci returns to the UCI World Cup circuit with Slovenia-based tool manufacturer Unior. American Dakotah Norton and Canadian Kirk McDowall join Slovenians Jure Žabjek and Tanja Žakelj.
Dakotah Norton wasn t pushing too hard this weekend as he focuses on rehabbing an injured shoulder ahead on next weeks World Cup in Mont St Anne.

Canyon Factory Racing DH
Troy Brosnan, Mark Wallace, Kye A’Hern, Magnus Manson

Kye A'Hern, Troy Brosnan, Magnus Manson and Mark Wallace will be sending it on the Canyon Sender again this season.
Troy Brosnan won t be delighted with 10th here in VDS but he ll be back to defend his top step in Vallnord.

Madison Saracen Factory Race Team
Danny Hart, Matt Walker (UK), Alex Marin

Danny Hart stays with Madison Saracen this year along with Matt Walker and Alex Marin.
Despite missing out on the win Danny Hart was happy with how he d rode after going faster than his qualifying time.

Giant Factory Off-Road Team
Marcelo Gutierrez, Jacob Dickson, Eliot Jackson, Cole Paton, Cameron Wright

This year the team welcomes back the heart of its roster, including seven-time Colombian downhill national champion Marcelo Gutierrez, Irish national champion Jacob Dickson and American Eliot Jackson. DVO Suspension is providing the forks and shocks for the Giant Factory Team.
The definition of nonchalant from Marcelo Gutierrez minuted before his race run.

GT Factory Racing
George Brannigan, Joey Foresta, Wyn Masters, Martin Maes, Noga Korem

George Brannigan, fellow Kiwi wheelie master Wyn Masters, American Joey Foresta are all on the team again for 2019 alongside Martin Maes and Noga Korem.
EWS or World Cup it s pure talent and bikes skills that make Martin Maes such a success.

Specialized Gravity
Loic Bruni, Finn Iles

Miranda Miller moves on to Kona's Enduro team while Specialized Gravity's two World Champions and Junior World Cup overall winner Finn Iles remain on the team for 2019.
Number 1 for another year Super Bruni.

The YT Mob
Angel Suarez, Anxo Perez Torrado

The YT Mob focuses on the young guns in 2019. Learn more.
After a career best 9th in MSA last time out Angel Saurez was looking strong on track once again. The Spaniard has a tonne of style especially when his wheels leave the ground

Santa Cruz Syndicate
Greg Minnaar, Loris Vergier, Luca Shaw

Young guns Luca Shaw and Loris Vergier will continue to ride on the Santa Cruz Syndicate alongside Greg Minnaar for the 2019 season. Learn more.
After qualifying fastest multiple times this year Luca Shaw is yet to take the top spot in finals. A lower key start might see him spring a surprise tomorrow.

Transition Bikes / Muc-Off Factory Racing
Tahnée Seagrave, Kaos Seagrave and Jamie Edmondson

Tahnée and Kaos are a brother and sister duo to be reckoned with. British junior rider, Jamie Edmondson remains with the team in 2019. Learn more.
Full gas and lots of aggression first thing in the morning Tahnee Seagrave meant business today in Val di Sole.

Hope Technology
Adam Brayton, Mélanie Chappaz

Adam "Gas to Flat" Brayton isn't shy of sending it. He'll be doing so alongside Mélanie Chappaz again in 2019. Learn more.
Adam Brayton tanking his way to a top 20 qualie.

Intense Racing UK
Joe Breeden, Oliver Morris, Morgan Tyrrell

A small British team that spots young talent. Learn more.
The New School - Llangollen British Downhill Series Round 4

Harry Molloy, Veronika Widmann, Chris Cumming

FS Funn turns to Insync, with a similar roster. Harry and Veronika are solid performers at any World Cup and are looking to have a great 2019. Ireland’s fastest youngster, Chris Cumming, also joins the team as a junior.Learn more.
A 13th place finished for the Brit Harry Molloy

Rafael Gutierrez, John Posada Colorado, Camilo Sanchez Salazar, Benjamin Zwar Kvist

For 2019, the team hopes to climb the ranks at World Cup rounds across the globe. Learn more.
Part of the IJ Racing - Intense Team. Camilo Sanchez Cadet Panamerican Champion Rafael Gutierrez Elite Panamerican Champion and Steven Ceballos Elite Bronze medalist Panamerican Championship.

SRAM / TLD Racing
Vali Holl, Lucas Cruz

After a perfect 2018 season, Vali Holl will be looking to extend winning her streak into 2019, joined by Canadian junior Lucas Cruz on the SRAM / TLD Racing team.
Shot by Ale Di Lullo.

SRAM Young Guns Racing
Anna Newkirk, Moritz Ribarich, Till Ulmschneider, Paula Zibasa, Paula Gorycka

Anna Newkirk joins the team for 2019. Learn more.

Gravitalia Squadra Corse
Samuele Cavina, Francesco Savadori, Alessandro Dallalibera, Carola Lucrezia Favoino, Lorenzo Folco, Ricardo Gramatica, Alia Marcellini, Lorenzo Miglororini, Loris Revelli, Francesco Savadori

This roster full of young guns is looking to make a mark at the 2019 World Cup. Learn more.
Expect a strong showing from the Italian girls tomorrow... Alia Marcellini is one of the crew set for a top 10 as a minimum on home soil.

Kona Factory Team
Jackson Frew, Miranda Miller, Connor Fearon, Anthony Poulson

Kona's lineup of 2019 riders is incredibly strong. Learn more.
Connor Fearon tearing the track apart and leaving only loam in his wake.

Carbocage Factory Racing
Julian Steiner, Simon Maurer

Two Germans make up the Carbocage Factory Racing Team in Simon Maurer and Julian Steiner. The team won the IXS Elite men's overall last year (albeit with Joshua Barth) and will be looking to kick on in World Cups this year on Banshee bikes.Learn more.

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  • + 207
 Thanks Pinkbike for the summary. This is the only post on team news that we really needed.
  • + 128
 yeah i musta counted more releases than when i went through puberty.
  • + 18
 But wait till some teams are running AXS DH setups.
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 AXS headset spacers.
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 @rocky-mtn-gman: good lord thats funny
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flag drfunsocks (Feb 8, 2019 at 14:10) (Below Threshold)
 Isnt Bruce Klein that chick that used to be an athlete as a dude?
  • + 15
 More support for women on the factory teams would be nice to see. That would only help develop riders further. In particular, sad to see @trek not carry on with a factory-level ride after Rachel left.
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 @sospeedy: who would they pick up though? it would make no sense to have a rider on the factory team who isn't podium competitive. lets be honest on any given day there are three women who will be on the podium.
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tire pressure monitor probably too..
  • + 8
 Some of us like all the team news. Reading tech reviews and figuring out how to spend all your money is nice and all...but I prefer reading about atheletes and how things are shaping up for the race season. It gets me pumped to train harder.
  • + 8
 @bike2850: if more women get better team support/cash the racing pool would get bigger. As of now, there is few option that are lucrative if a girl wants to make it as a career. Thus the need for bigger teams with deeper pockets to support up and coming female dh racers. Sadly if you look at the rosters. The bigger teams don't even support juniors. If the athertons can support an elite and junior womens, what are the bigs companies excuse. Are they gonna says, "personality doesn't work with the team".
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 @WAKIdesigns: That would be awesome!
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 @Bergsmannen: suspension headset spacers
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 @sospeedy: true there is no female on the Trek DH team but if you look at Treks total roster including all cycling disciplines I doubt you can find another brand doing more for women ????‍♂️
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 @sledshed: he is right. Trek is a bunch of mysoginists. They hired the best looking and cutest girls. That is not a coincidence. If they took Myriam Nicole to the DH team I’d be calling for torches and lanterns.
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 @sospeedy: Guessing every team will be looking at snapping up Vali Hoell, good for her but I would imagine it's causing a few teams to overlook others. Sadly if you look at the depth of the junior women's field there aren't many riding at that level to choose from, the talented ones don't seem to progress past their local race scenes very often let alone up to national level to be spotted for a chance at Juniors. Hopefully it'll change here in the UK as in the last 3-5 years there are a lot more young girls and women out on the trails and racing, women's fields have doubled or more in some cases. That can only be a good thing.
  • + 27
 No Unno? What’s that all about?
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God damn mutha-flucka
  • + 1
 Does that mean no Greg Williamson this year?
  • + 21
 The Atherton venture is the most rad story this year. Can the most dominant female racer give life to a bike brand? Can a new manufacturer with unproven frames support a crew of pro racers? We havent had a old-school new bike/brand team in quite a few years.
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 Great questions. Does the old adage 'Race on Sunday Sell on Monday' still hold true? Given how good bikes are these days [even small brands], I think rider and team experience trump and the Athertons will be competitive straight away. The Gwin story will be interestingly similar as both riders' brands are now local. All testing, prototyping, and communication can now be done in-house, real time. Imagine this versus an Aussie based rider on a European brand made in Asia. I think it could be quite a competitive advantage.
  • + 23
 No everybody say ”Thaaaaaank you, Vital!” Wink
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flag Johnnytightlips (Feb 8, 2019 at 19:59) (Below Threshold)
 Umm you do realise that pinkbike HQ is Squamish right? For example where's Gwin and Rudes coach from? Miranda Miller is from Squamish and plenty more top riders and companies in the sea to sky area. Come down from your high horse BC is a mecca for mtb. Do you honelty think vitals thread with the majority of posts are talking about wheel sizes and bikes more than rumours is pinkbikes main resource?
  • + 16
 Hey PB: please ask Intense, Trek, YT, Cube, MS Mondraker, Norco, Canyon, Madison, Giant, Specialized Gravity and that old boy's club Santa Cruz what's the deal with not having the future of female DH racers in their world cup programs? The paddock is big enough for more female role models.
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 YT sponsor Vali Holl on the SRAM / TLD Racing. It's just that her contract isn't up with them yet so she isn't on their factory team yet
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 Norco sponsors quite a lot of women. So, not sure why they are mentioned in your comment
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 @franxxy: referring specifically to their DH world cup team, in which there are none (unless you can prove otherwise among the listed names: Norco Factory Racing Sam Blenkinsop, Henry Fitzgerald, Elliot Jamieson). So please keep it on track so to speak Wink
  • + 1
 @freductions: that's why that team wasn't listed Wink
  • + 1
 Is Samantha Soriano (US) not racing WC this year? I didnt see her on the Commencal /100% team. Or maybe this isnt a complete guide and more like a roundup of the top racers on the top programms.
  • + 7
 It's like asking NBA teams why they don't all have their own WNBA teams. Sometimes, the dollars and cents don't make sense.
  • - 1
 There isn't more capable womens on the world willing to race WC? Come on!... For me see teams with more than 2 men and no woman is sad...
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 @almacigatrailrider: That’s also crazy to me, I mean there’s 27 (28 coming next season) g league teams. What would be mind blowing to me is if this AAF, Alliance of American Football, takes off. It’s already garnered a good deal of attention on ESPN. You think there’d be enough of a market to support a full 30 team WNBA, I can promise there’d be enough women athletes. Although essentially a “minor league” for football becoming popular doesn’t surprise me. At least not here in the states. Hell it has me wanting to dust off the old cleats lol
  • + 16
 Are you 100% sure that Jure is Sure Abjek or are you Sure is Žabjek for sure? Sure...
  • + 7
 Raise your hand if your Jure
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 @acali: my son's name is Jure. So I'm pretty sure that Jure is for sure Wink
  • + 10
 Can't wait to watch them all rip it up!!! ....don't care so much what bike they're on..I'm probably alone on that. I predict the sickest Womens season ever! It's still minus double digits freezing outside btw. heehee
  • + 7
 Nah, I echo that - really get stocked with everyone sending it and just want to see some exciting races !
  • + 11
 So who was left without a team when the music stopped?
  • + 7
 Few nice little surprises in there, like seeing Magnus Manson promoted to Canyon Factory Racing and Jackson Frew on Kona!
  • + 2
 What deal was Frew on last year? Should be good energy with him and Fearon \m/
  • + 7
 Who’s on the Banshee Legend?
  • + 2
 Seems like it's the Carbocage Factory Racing team that are on the Banshee frames this year.
  • + 6
 So is Magnus Manson actually a factory supported rider for Canyon? or whats the deal here?
  • + 1
 So many Canadians I lost count. Good to see the support. These B.C. Kids have all put in the work, B.C. Champions, Canadian Champions and World Champion. DH racing is happening in B.C. and the Pacific Northwest. B. C. must have more bike parks per capita than anywhere else.
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  • + 5
 Kind of shocked that there is no references involving Insync. Guess they didn't want it that way.
  • + 9
 I appreciate the effort, but "I want it that way" was the Backstreet Boys Wink
  • + 1
 @mtbikeaddict: Meh, they all sound the same so was bound to get them crossed up.
  • + 5
 I count 9 Canadians? Most of which come from BC. Kudos @sexley for putting on races to help get them to this level!
  • + 6
 What is Rupert Chapman doing this year? Hope he is still on WC circuit.
  • + 1
 "Polygon UR
Mick Hannah, Tracey Hannah, Alexandre Fayolle, Simon Chapelet

Siblings and Vice World Champions Sick Mick and Little Trace will be returning to race with the Polygon UR team again this year, as will Kenta Gallagher and Alexandre."

Kenta back to his XC roots, not on Golypon
  • + 2
 Kenya has been spotted on an Unno over the winter.
  • + 5
 What happened to the NS factory team?
  • + 1
 More concentrated on the ixs cup i assume
  • + 5
 Finally, Magnus Manson has factory support
  • + 5
 Seems fewer teams with a lass riding.
  • + 4
 Biggest brand =Smallest team.
  • + 9
 There's no S in team
  • + 7
 @leviatanouroboro: unless its a team of lawyerS.
  • + 5
 Beware the Temeculans!
  • + 0
 I'm like a few others here, sad to see lack of investment by the big teams in female and juniors. Saying it's only 4 women with a real shot at the podium isn't good enough. Team's race to sell & develop products, but come on.
  • + 3
 Kinda surprised Specialized couldn't find any women to represent this year.
  • + 5
 Commencal is Estaque'd
  • + 3
 on the uci website i see matt simmonds - cannondale factory racing. curious to see the bike!!!
  • + 2
 He'll be on an Intense with Cannondale stickers, like companies did 20 years ago.
  • + 2
 Since Miranda Miller is listed on the Kona factory team, can we expect to see her at a few UCI downhill races this year?
  • + 1
 She said she might race a few, I think
  • + 3
 Picking your DH fantasy team is gonna take some Intense reflexions
  • + 1
 Martin Maes riding DH this year? Or is the GT one a combined listing and he'll just be riding (/winning?) DH races for shits n giggles like last year?
  • + 2
 N'Sync former team: justin timberlake, JC Chavez, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick
  • + 2
 Congrats Jackson Frew on joining Kona! Don’t believe he had a team at all before, that’s huge
  • + 2
 Is Ethan the first 2nd generation racer? Fist time we've seen the child of a former WC racing pro on a factory team?
  • + 11
 Loic Bruni's dad is no slouch on a bike, although most of his race wins have come in the Masters DH category. I always wonder what would have happened if Eli Tomac went with mountain bikes instead of motorcycles.
  • + 6
 Fist time? Right now?
  • + 1
 @BenPea: World needs more Fist time.
  • + 1
 Andri Frischknecht has a;ready done a couple of years on the Scott factory team I believe.
  • + 3
 Who's feeling excited yet ?!
  • + 2
 Where is Kellys team??? From Slovakia,I read story they should step in to WC.
  • + 1
 One if there riders is here in Queenstown riding now so surprised they aren’t mentioned.
  • + 1
 Just a heads up, the link from the Specialized section sends us to the 2017 roster release and Ohlins update.
  • + 3
 Where’s Vali Höll?
  • + 7
 She's on the SRAM / TLD Racing team - that'll be added in shortly.
  • + 4
 still no frame sponsor for vali holl?
  • + 1
 @poutine: Yeah I definitely thought YT would do right by here
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 @poutine: as far as I understand how this works is YT is the frame sponsor for this paticular SRAM/TLD team (I feel likes there’s so many of them). I guess she doesn’t get factory support. Meaning what, I don’t know, probably more less money, not as good logistics, etc. Has she ever been spotted chilling at the MOB circuit bus? I’m curious how this works too.
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 @Zafotheviking: I believe she is riding on a YT frame still its just not a factory team - just two juniors - bit weird they arent in the mob I guess.
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 @mikekazimer: welp, thanks mike. Just tried to explain this below, and noticed it had already explained by you.
Do you have insight on differences between a factory ride, and a component/company with a frame sponsor?
  • + 15
 @slayersxc17, I don't think Vali Holl is suffering from a lack of support, especially with a Red Bull helmet on her head. A team like TLD / SRAM is a little different from a factory team in that they're not tied to one bike sponsor - different athletes can be on different frames. In this case, I believe Vali is on a YT, and Lucas on a Trek.

It's the same program that Luca Shaw was on prior to Santa Cruz - it seems like a good place to be prior to making the jump up to the elites.
  • + 2
 @mikekazimer: much clearer
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 @mikekazimer: Do we know Vali Höll continues for Juniors and doesn't enter Elite this year yet?
  • + 2
 Paula Gorycka on sram young team - she’s xc, no?
  • + 2
 Commencal/100% has the sickest team. Frixtalon is insane.
  • + 0
 Bryn is back! MS boys will be sick to watch. Watch out for Unior and Canyon. SC will be there. So many legends and of course some new fast kids...Gonna be a sick year!
  • + 2
 Cube Global Squad protected by Bliss...."cub(e)liss"
  • + 1
 Best crack a cold one and wait for the keyboard warriors race to start.
  • + 1
 What does Joshua Barth do?
  • + 1
 Commencal / 100% ?
Thomas Estaque?
  • + 1
 Rudy cabirou is said to be in 2 teams here hehe unior and propain!
  • + 1
 if im not on any of those teams im not interested
  • + 1
 Fake news. I didn't see my name on any of those rosters.
  • + 2
 One-man-mob Smile
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  • + 1
 Did I just imagine something about Nukeproof fielding a team this year?
  • + 7
 No Team but Adam Brayton on Hope will be riding one.
  • + 1
 Where is Defiant Racing?
  • + 1
 and SAM HILL ????
  • + 1
 DH teams, so I guess that's why he's not listed.
  • + 2
 But i think he said that he might do a few rounds this year!
  • + 0
 I miss only one. Winning it all, last year. So... where is she?
  • + 1
 No Banshee team?
  • + 1
 Uhh big team for Italy!
  • - 2
 Just two riders for Spesh? I think they might be feeling a pinch, are Santa Cruz stealing their bike sales? I bet they regret that lawsuit...
  • + 1
 Considering they are fielding a 2x defending World Champion, Specialized has a rather small team.
  • + 0
 Bruce Klein???
  • + 10
 Commencal / 100%.
  • + 5
 BK is a ripper - watch out for him! I've seen it up close.

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