RockShox Trek Race Team Disbands, Confirms Rumour That Vali Höll Will Be On New Team for 2024

Dec 19, 2023 at 11:07
by Sarah Moore  


In 2021, RockShox and Trek joined forces to form the RockShox Trek Race Team and signed a roster of gravity-focused racers all under the age of 21, including Vali Höll. Today, the team has announced that they are bidding farewell to the world stage, meaning that Höll will most definitely be on a new team for 2024.


bigquotesEvery story starts with the potential for dreams to come true. In 2021, @rockshox_trek_raceteam emerged onto the World Cup circuit embodying this spirit of youth and chasing the allure of glory. With 14 World Cup podiums, 8 World Cup wins, 2 World Championship Titles, and 2 World Cup Elite Overall titles, we’d say they found it.

As the sun sets on 2023, the RockShox Trek Race Team bids farewell to the world stage. Its legacy, etched in the racetracks, podiums, and titles, symbolizes the union of youth and glory. While this may be “The Finish” for the RockShox Trek Race Team, a new dawn awaits these riders on the next chapter of their careers, and we couldn’t be more proud of how far they’ve come and where the sport is headed next.
RockShox/Trek Race Team


Höll had a spectacular 2023 season on the team, securing the most Elite women's race wins alongside the World Champ and World Cup overall titles and undoubtedly received several offers ahead of the 2024 season.

As to whether the rumour we've heard that Höll has signed for YT is true, we have yet to receive confirmation.

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  • 142 4
 Redbull should just hurry up and start their own series. Call it “Very fast cycling down a mountain, against the clock, around the world, sporting events”
No conflict of interest.
  • 20 2
 They just published their calendar, just call the crankworks DH races "hardlines" and the championship is ready...
  • 63 0
 As long as the promoter is Prestige Worldwide, I can get behind that
  • 16 4
 In complete seriousness, "The Red Bull Crankworx Cup," sounds marketable to me. Four races at the festivals themselves, four or five more DH only events at other venues. Of course I wouldn't be the one who has to organise the bloody thing.
  • 6 1
 @simcik: maybe someday we could become friends who ride majestic, translucent steeds, shooting flaming arrows across the bridge of Hemdale…
  • 5 5
 Redbull and Crankworx are so much better at creating events that are generating viewer interest outside of the mtb community. The UCI is really dropping the ball in widening the viewership appeal of mtb, which would in turn attract more sponsorship opportunities, for the races, the teams, and the racers. Having said that, I think the top racers need to be better at promoting themselves outside of the mtb community. UCI and teams should have some bonuses for athletes tied to how many articles and interviews those athletes give in mainstream media. Or have it as part of their contract to do so many hours of community outreach - visiting schools, signing autographs at malls, AMA on Reddit... Pro league athletes do it, there's a reason for it.
  • 14 1
 @Fill-Freakin: BUT the UCI sucks at allowing their racers to do anything that might help them promote themselves. Their video recording rules are just garbage. This wouldn't be a problem if they had a great production crew, but to produce dogshit then tell the talent they can't self create is crazy.
  • 5 1
 @simcik: bro's and hoes
  • 6 0
 @simcik: I feel like Entertainment720 would do better.
  • 1 1
 @fielonator: @ApostrophePolice: We've got a violation in the What We Already Know About Vali Höll news article. Please send backup.
  • 3 0
 @Mugen: do realize crankworx is still a uci event series
  • 1 1
 @Fix-the-Spade: please this. I'm sure it has problems we don't think of but man just get Red Bull running DH and enduro.
  • 8 3
 @Mugen: But they aren’t races. They are promotional invitational marketing events
  • 5 3
 WC might drop off and Crankworx pickup? I am not sure about other people but I watched pretty much every DH and XC on RBtv for the last 10 or so years. I paid for the subscription to watch this year and cancelled after the first month because the coverage/commentary sucked. This was the first year I watched all the Crankworx events.

If PB could get a movement going and everyone watch the Crankworx events RedBull and the big teams would notice.
  • 4 3
 @stubs179: yeah it's such a small group of top riders that if a handful of notables top guys left en masse from UCI to RB/CW, there would be no more UCI
  • 4 0
 @simcik: please don't touch my drumsticks....
  • 1 1
 @metsrangers35: wishful thinking
  • 1 0
 Sorry I meant no more UCI in DH/EDR not overall. What is dead may never die anyway.
  • 2 0
 @simcik: Can't wait for their upcoming video "Bikes and H*es"
  • 2 0
 @simcik: the whole series would culminate with a race at Catalina.
  • 1 0
 @Velosexualist:
I would follow you into the mists of Avalon, if that's what you mean.
  • 2 2
 You’d all find a reason to hate Red Bull in very short order.
  • 1 0
 @TheR: yup this too I'm sure
  • 115 0
 Actually laughed at this line "Its legacy, etched in the racetracks, podiums, and titles, symbolizes the union of youth and glory."

Uhhhh, yeah I don't think anyone is going to be sitting around in a decade going "Hey remember when Trek/Rockshox had a DH team for 2 years!? Wow, what a legacy that was!!!"
  • 25 1
 I love when companies try too hard to be different when they are the farthest thing from different.
  • 15 1
 New team starts next year Trek fox racing.
  • 2 2
 I love me a good legacy!
Vali could go YT or I wouldn't be surprised if TFR decided to add her, if they have that kind of money to blow.
Where will Tegster go I wonder? He's had a shocker of a season.
  • 15 0
 Written by AI, voiced by AI.
  • 3 0
 Pretty sure they chose that wording to make sure the comment section would light up. How long does it take to build a legacy then? They've been around for a whopping two years. TWO YEARS. TWO. YEARS. Not just one, or a half...
  • 1 0
 @chillrider199: Curious Creatures has entered the chat
  • 1 0
 @everythingsucks: As I was typing my above comment I was thinking of that product drop article haha. I could not remember the name… for good reason.
  • 50 1
 All racing will be done via the commencal spec series.
  • 13 1
 I had this thought yesterday where the only people are racing all one the same bike hahahah. Seeming less absurd by the day
  • 7 0
 @mtbmaniatv: stock bike racing! No upgrades allowed.
  • 9 0
 @shredddr: $2500 max.
  • 11 0
 All suspension settings to 5, Assegai Front, DHR rear.
  • 3 0
 @shredddr: Haha then we're essentially finding which Jockey fits the bike best. Hmm
  • 1 0
 @shredddr: wheels and cassette are identical for all racers, or like a shock and fork that you pick up day of the race and can only adjust air pressure. Frames could be whatever, but have to use specific parts.
  • 6 0
 @CamNeelyCantWheelie:
Minions both ends. 30psi.
  • 1 0
 @shredddr: that just makes manufacturers create special, expensive limited edition race bikes.
  • 3 0
 @fabwizard: good thing they don't do that now.
  • 24 2
 Bicycle racing is a marketing exercise... these teams don't generate their own revenue. The market is crashing after the Covid bubble burst, so it's not surprising to see so many teams shutting down. Revenue is down, so the marketing budget goes down. Shuttering a racing program is a quick way to save a lot of money.
  • 19 0
 In theory, UCI's new broadcasting deals was going to bring MTBing to the masses, whether they biked or not, and create lots of new marketing possibilities for non-bike brands to sponsor teams. We can see how well that's working out.
  • 8 1
 Doesn’t help when the organisers make a pig’s ear of the races.
  • 9 0
 @Fill-Freakin: Ya it was going to bring MTBing to the masses, and all the profit will go straight to the UCI. UCI sells the broadcast rights, then charges the teams MORE to race. It's lose, lose for everyone but the UCI. I can't believe the teams haven't already said screw this and started their own race series.
  • 2 0
 @Fill-Freakin: Yeah, and placing all that broadcasting behind the pay wall was great idea.
  • 2 1
 this was on the cards long before covid...........
  • 2 0
 @tgent: You forgot ESO/WB who actually organise the World Cup.....they get the hosting fees, sell TV rights, etc
  • 22 0
 Wow DH is going to end up like the WRC with 4 teams or something....
  • 2 0
 that's it!
  • 2 0
 that's actually the plan isn't it? Don't warner want an elites only series, sure I've read that some where here...??
  • 1 10
flag chrismac70 FL (Dec 20, 2023 at 4:17) (Below Threshold)
 @naptime: I only want to watch an elite series. I’m not interested in watch 30 riders who stand no chance of getting into the top 10 ride the hill
  • 17 0
 couldn't dissagree more. one thing I love aboot DH is the chaos and anarchy of an unknown privateer showing up an taking a podium! the yoot rising up an challenging the old gaurd.. Wild weather conditions causing chaos in the standings.. etc etc. I don't wanna see the same faces at the same races being seperated by tenths of a second all taking the same lines...... Sound like F1 an that's boring as FUCK!!
  • 13 1
 It's very hard to justify race budgets to people that don't understand the value of it or marketing in general. It's quite common for budgets to be set by people that only look at spread sheets. If you can't tie a product sale directly to something they don't want to pay for it. But they will pay for tons of VP's and Directors that don't really do anything.

It's very common for companies to gut marketing budgets. Then when numbers dip even more they ask what marketing is doing to help stop it. Marketing is left going.... well you gave me enough budget to execute 30% of our needs... sooo. But it's still marketing's fault. So things go in massive cycles depending on leadership views and market needs.

In racing it very easy to see those swings. You'll see teams invest huge. Then cut way back. Then invest huge again.

My opinion, the teams that stay steady and responsible are the ones that will succeed through all of this. And not just in racing but in the market.

When stocks are depleted and the economy starts to rebound and people start to look for bikes again they'll be looking at the companies that have progressed and stayed in the front of their minds, on trend and on status with technology. All these folks cutting back too much will get left in the dust and it'll take years to catch back up.

Look at Shimano vs SRAM. Covid hit and Shimano cut staff, cut marketing, cut production. SRAM stayed put. Capitalized on the market. They are now dominating in drive train, brakes and suspension.
  • 2 0
 @onemanarmy - you bring up Shimano vs SRAM for cost cutting, and RockShox, SRAM company disbanded the team?

Wow, that is next level.
  • 1 0
 @GoranNaVAjt: It was a response to someone else's post. I just messed up on not replying directly to it.
  • 9 1
 i wonder how much of these exits are financially motivated versus otherwise. one would think completely financially motivated but is there any merit to a team saying FU to UCI/Disco? probably not?
  • 29 0
 I'd wager approximately 100% of them
  • 4 3
 Big money to run a World Cup team, millions a year I would imagine.
  • 3 1
 And by that I mean multiple waged top riders, fully staffed support etc.
  • 10 0
 Can be both, right? A financial decision can be driven by the fact that brands are expecting less of a return on their investment with the mess that UCI and WarnerMedia are making.
  • 4 2
 @Ranger92: hard to measure a return from WC racing, some teams I imagine get very little of they aren’t fighting for podiums and the riders aren’t ‘out there’.

The syndicate has been a masterclass in race marketing, Commencal have done well too by putting half of the competing riders on them.

I know a few people involved in the race side of things and it’s mainly done for the love of it, for product development and to add validity to the product range vs a direct financial return.
  • 2 0
 I wonder what annual fees are up to, if they have any? Some series you have to pay to play. Sponsors float a lot of the cash needed, but at some point, how many bikes need to be sold to pay for it all.
  • 2 0
 @oldschool43: Entry fees for teams went up through the roof this year. It used to be about £3000 to enter has gone up to £20000
  • 4 1
 @dh-hippy: 20k is still a pretty low entry fee for a team, compared to the cost of running the races. But if the UCI is having a tough time getting event sponsors to pay their bills, offloading that cost to industry teams and competitors isn't a recipe for success.
  • 7 2
 @dh-hippy: £20k is a drop on the ocean compared to the other costs involved.

A small pro team of 6 people (3 riders 3 staff) will have a safe bill of half a mill for starters, let alone bikes, flights, pit rig, hotels etc etc
  • 3 0
 @justanotherusername: Bernard Kerr said in an interview a while back he figures you could run a fairly dialled race program for a few hundred thousand.
  • 6 4
 @Superboost: Including waged riders and staff or for race entry, travel and gear alone?

I mean do the simple maths, pay 6 people $50k and you have $300k alone.
  • 3 0
 I find the business model very odd too. It seems to be that Team pays UCI to participate. UCI sells broadcasting and sponsorship rights, and pays to put on the series, then pockets whatever money is leftover themselves, with no (??) payout to winning teams/athletes. Does anyone know, is all that correct? Very odd it's pay to race, then no return whatsoever, vs something like Formula 1 (yes I'm aware, very different level of viewership/finance, but the model could still be the same) where the winning teams get $X per place. The only return to the team in WC DH racing is marketing.
  • 1 1
 Zero. Especially for a brand like trek that races in many different formats
  • 2 4
 @Superboost: he says alot of things that don’t appear to be based on any facts. He says riders are badly paid as he drives around in his Ferrari
  • 2 0
 I've got oceanfront property in Arizona I'll sell for a few hundred grand too.
  • 7 0
 In this case I think the team was essentially a vehicle for Valli, and now she's been lured away for bigger Euros it serves no real purpose. Trek still have one of the premier factory teams and Sram support multiple other teams.
  • 4 0
 @chakaping: this, in a nutshell.
The only thing to probably change in her case is the frame sponsor.
  • 2 0
 @Maxcommencemal: Yes I was saying to a friend the other day, I think she's said before that Sram have been her biggest supporter throughout her career - rather than any of the frame sponsors.
We know where she's going - and it's pretty obvious she'll be able to keep them on board.
  • 1 0
 @tgent: The model is exactly the same as F1; a Promoter runs the series, and decides where each race is; and charges a hosting fee, and if possible sells the TV rights, subscriptions......

The governing body FIA/UCI has very little input - apart from rules/reg.......
  • 2 0
 I think the overall shape the bike industry is in has a MUCH bigger impact on teams decisions than how the UCI runs races on companies ability to sponsor a team. If there is money in the budget because bikes are selling then its a whole lot easier to justify a team as a marketing expense.
  • 1 0
 @justanotherusername: I was a little off. He says 400 grand. Now the real question is, in what currency? LOL. youtu.be/F-ZqRKBYK2o?si=eWixFalSkJnquSZ2
  • 1 0
 @Starch-Anton: The big difference I'm pointing out is that F1 pays the teams at the end of the year based on result, aka 1st gets $millions, second gets a bit less, so forth. In WC DH, the teams get nothing at the end of the year, so there's no financial incentive for them to race outside of advertising.
  • 1 1
 @Superboost: I imagine that will depend hugely on the riders involved too - two 100k riders and that’s half the budget.

I still reckon it’s closer to a million, wages, kit staff all in.
  • 2 1
 @tgent: nobody can pay teams to race as there’s no money in bike racing.
  • 2 0
 @justanotherusername: It’s going to depend greatly on how much sponsorship money you can bring in to offset operating cost and staff wages. Do you think Bernard Kerr is paying Ed Masters, Matt Walker and Jenna Hastings $100 000 each? Have you read the state of the sport surveys in relation to wages? Almost no mountain bikers get a livable wage from one income source.
  • 1 0
 @justanotherusername: not anywhere close ubjave some teams that are less then 10thousand a race ...hotel 3000 for a week food not even a 1000 for a week.... bikes are free parts are free 2 bike s ahwole year 15000 if ur not sponsored and get free stuff ..pay r ach racet 30 thousand 3 racers .do that 8 races you talking less then a 200 thousand thousand for a small budget team team ...big budget 500 thousand covers balling stuff unlimited bikes huge baling team trailer nice hotels and support in everything u can think of ...nobody in the biking industry makes close to million anymore one Gwin did and that'd which evey sponsor u can think of ...bike sponsor usually about 500 thousand for the best of the best for multiple years
  • 1 1
 @Timmybike: Please read what I wrote -I am talking about a staffed team with 3-4 top riders, not a low budget team where of course they operate for much much less as riders likely aren’t waged and mechanics are part time involved, some of them will be living and racing from vans, never mind hotels.

For a team like the syndicate though - yea I do think 1mill is realistic adding up 3 mechanics, riders, staff, cost of pit rig and the cost of parts and bike, kit etc l
  • 10 3
 Lots of ‘privateers’ for 2024 by the looks of it, or at least riders only getting product / race support and no salaries.

Vali is a young talent so will be fine I’m sure.
  • 2 5
 wink wink
  • 6 0
 WHAT?!? does this mean companies in a highly niche sport are having a hard time funding teams of multiple professionals traveling around the world without any direct payoff during a market wide slump? Shocking.
  • 6 0
 Vali was riding & filming in the US with Brendog and Marine Cabirou recently, who are both signed to Scott DH Factory...as good a guess as any other at this point.
  • 2 0
 i do believe they were filming just some final shots for deathgrip 2 as the stories were shared with clayporter and seagerfilms
  • 6 0
 Yes that was filming a deathgrip segment. Vali also didn’t do the best job at hiding her new jersey in an IG story
  • 8 4
 I mean, I'm sick of "bumble-gate", but all these race team cancelations seem to validate that, in fact, non-racing content creators are more valuable to brands than race teams are, because they're more relatable and valuable to ordinary riders.
  • 3 0
 @stalkinghorse they should make the influencers race World Cups.
  • 1 2
 Yeah, but they still need to ride well enough or find an entertaining enough angle to grab people’s attention. First-person footage from my GoPro isn’t going to cut it.
  • 3 0
 @TheR: you don’t want to watch a bunch of Joeys walking down a World Cup course?
  • 1 1
 @Superboost: If they can make a good production of it, that’s fine. If it’s a first-person view of them creeping — dare I say, “bumbling” — down a line at 3mph, they can go ahead and post it if they want, but no one’s watching.
  • 6 0
 Make way for the new Martha Stewart Living/Zoom Suspension/Cheng Shin Tire/Manscaped/Trek Factory Race Team.
  • 6 0
 Might have been courteous to mention the other racers on the squad?
  • 2 0
 Trek are losing a World champion, and regular race winner. Haven't they got any money left after signing loads of riders to their road team?
Obvious where all that money came from then; Lidl - who haven't put any of the money into the Trek MTB teams.......
  • 1 0
 And this is why mtb will always be the poor relation. It can’t attract meaningful outside sponsorship like road does
  • 3 1
 Surprised no one is talking about Tegan Cruz. Sure he's not as popular as Vali, but people forget he was a favorite to contend for the junior championship last year until he ended up injured for most of the season.
  • 3 2
 On IG there has been a number of posts of Vali hanging out with Marine and Brendan. Could we see her on Scott? I also question If she could be possibly going to a Commencal team? Mariam Nicole is close to if not already 34 and has been working on becoming a Phisio, she has been away from the fight awhile now battling injuries. Does anybody think she will return?
  • 1 0
 It's for the filming of Deathgrip 2. If you look at the photos on IG it's not hard to make out the YT logo on Vali's jersey.
  • 6 3
 Anyone else tired of every word (almost) in headlines starting with a capital letter?
  • 1 1
 Yup, also the "Trek are...." or "Specialized have....." stuff.
  • 2 0
 I think it's Americanised English...
  • 7 1
 What The Smell Are You Even Talking About, Dude?
  • 4 1
 Titles aren't supposed to be like that. conjugates should never be capitalized. only the important words.
  • 1 1
 Yes, they can't even be consistent in their overuse of capitalization.
  • 3 0
 ALL CAPS FTW
  • 9 0
 B GLD CNYN CLCTV DDNT WRT TH HDLN
  • 1 0
 @taskmgr: Ain’t nobody got time for that
  • 4 0
 Hopefully Tegan lands somewhere. Not worried about Vali
  • 5 4
 Officially loosing two more teams this week... Pretty rough for DH, hopefully this lights a fire under UCI to figure their stuff out.
  • 5 1
 yeah the end is near. in the late 90's the same thing happend. everyone got too greedy and the whole thing collapsed in on itself.
  • 6 2
 I think this has less to do with UCI and more to do with the bike industry as a whole choking on all the inventory they piled up after the Covid bubble burst.
  • 1 0
 The UCI will do fark all. They are a corrupt organisation (eg covering for L.Armstrong) and only give a sh!t about road cycling. The sooner DH can break away and form their own series the better. But I don't see it happening, as I suspect politics will come into play with the manufacturers who have road cycling teams as well falling inline with the UCI. UCI can eat a d1ck.
  • 2 0
 if levy would hurry up with that sim dh bike project we could all compete, and never ride real bikes in the mountains again
  • 1 0
 She posted a picture with the TY athlete manager at Adidas in her IG story a few weeks ago. I guess they're just good friends...
  • 4 0
 Mate, it's not that difficult to spell YT y'know Wink
  • 2 4
 Trek Factory doesn't have any females on the team, unless my research has led me astray. I'd be surprised if she doesn't end up with Trek Factory Racing, its hard to imagine that many other teams would have the budget to pay a star like here.
  • 7 0
 I think YT got the cash to pay her and the "uncaged" program might be very appealing too.
  • 1 0
 @kage17: I'm sure you're right about that, I'd just be surprised if Trek let her go. She seems like the type of talent they'd want to hang on to.
  • 4 0
 @jaytdubs: They let Jackson Goldstone go
  • 3 0
 looking like they finally are signing a female in Sasha. She was at team camp in Cali.
  • 1 0
 UCI lists Harriet Harnden as a member of Trek's team for the last 2 races of the 2023 DH season. No idea if that means she was actually a member or just getting support from them, to be honest.
  • 2 0
 I think Trek just wants to use Fox stuff! I'll show myself out.....
  • 1 1
 If they want to stand out against the likes of Specialized, they may also want a suspension brand with an MX background (other than Fox). After WP/Rond left the circuit, WP still cooperated with some brands to build (e)bike suspension. Maybe WP will have another go (even though WP nowadays is a different company that what it was in the Rond era). Showa and Kayaba have played a little with Honda under Minnaar/Fairclough/Lehikoinen. Who knows?
  • 1 0
 What teams are going to be left for all these riders getting dropped to move to??
  • 1 0
 None. Their services will no longer be required
  • 2 0
 No racing in their DNA? Disappointing....
  • 2 0
 No shot for you.
  • 1 0
 I predict that commencal will be the only race team remaining in 5 years time
  • 4 4
 THE UCIBig Grin ISCOVERY AND ITS CONSQUENCES HAVE BEEN A DISTASTER FOR THE PROFESSIONAL MTB WORLD
  • 1 2
 Is Vali going to Santa Cruz? She had pictures on her Instagram of some kind of training camp in Spain with Nina Hoffman also in attendance.
  • 5 0
 Highly doubt that. Santa Cruz has been cutting back too to save money so doubtful they’ll be picking up another rider, they just cut Minaar.
  • 2 3
 More than a few teams ride SC bikes. Not just the Syndicate.
  • 3 6
 @Jesse221: minaar quit dude, not cut
  • 1 2
 Jordi (Fox) hinted at Vali will be returning to Fox. It was probably a Fox camp.
  • 3 0
 @dhrracer: has Vali ever been on fox? I don't thnik so
  • 2 1
 Thanks WB/Discovery, you're doing a great job!
  • 2 0
 What does that have to do with anything here?
  • 2 0
 She is going to YT.
  • 2 1
 I feel like we are not getting the Holl story
  • 1 0
 We're all doomed I tell yee, doomed.
  • 2 2
 Racing may be taking a bit of hiatus next year, or so it seems...
  • 1 0
 Lead name is rockshox
  • 1 1
 Trek - XC viable but not DH?
  • 3 4
 She's going to Atherton Racing!!
  • 2 4
 Ebikes are killing downhill.
  • 4 2
 Ebikes are killing it uphill.
  • 1 4
 How fast is Santa Cruz going to jump on trying to sign her to the team.
  • 3 0
 you think she has nothing lined up for next season? She's already signed a contract with someone else, but we won't know until the new year.
  • 5 0
 They aren’t. They are focusing on Nina and Jackson hence Greg has been let go
  • 1 1
 @chrismac70: This is correct. Nina's and JG's salary demands were such that they couldn't keep Minnaar.
  • 1 0
 They won't. YT will be overall world champ again. Vali also did it for them as a Junior. Maybe even the rainbow stripes again. Oisin O'Callaghan is no slouch either. Gonna be interesting
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