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CRC/Nukeproof announce 2012 WC team

16:49 2nd February 2012 by Billy Thackray
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Al Bond joins Lehikoinen, Simmonds, Smith and Buchanan for the 2012 WC race season.

The team looks the same as last year with the addition of rocket Al Bondino, who finally gets a well deserved chance with a big team and will hopefully go on to big things.

Team ChainReactionCycles.com/Nukeproof are excited to welcome Alex Bond to the downhill roster for 2012 alongside our strong line-up of Matti Lehikoinen, Matt Simmonds, Joe Smith and Lewis Buchanan.

“Al is an amazing talent on two wheels; from downhill to BMX riding,” Team Manager Nigel Page said. “He had a great 2011 season, winning the Elite title in the UK British Downhill Series. Al is so dedicated to training and reaching his goals in downhill, we hope that giving him a factory ride will make things easier for him at World Cup level,” Nigel added.

Al Bondo

“I’m really excited to be riding for Team ChainReactionCycles.com/Nukeproof for the 2012 season,” Al said. “It will be amazing to be a part of one of the best teams in the world! I really believe that with their support and backing I can have a great year, with some awesome results and reach my full potential. Bring it on!”

Lewis Buchanan, who’ll be stepping up from the Junior ranks to Elite, and Matti Lehikoinen are still both recovering from the injuries they sustained last season but are well on track to being ready for the start of this year’s race calendar. Nigel said: “Lewis is flat out in Scotland at the moment, keeping it real working in the gym and physio sessions as well as road riding and turbo training sessions while his shoulder is recovering from the surgery he had on it towards the end of 2011.”

Matti, Joe and Matt will head to Spain for the month of February to ride downhill, while Al is currently out in California training with his friends, the Athertons.

Team ChainReactionCycles.com/Nukeproof will be competing in the full UCI World Cup series, UCI World Championships, the Halo British Downhill series, Sea Otter Classic plus other races and events.

SRAM and Troy Lee Designs join our list of excellent sponsors this year and with all our riders recovered from their injuries, we’re hoping to go into the 2012 season as one of the strongest teams in the world!

Sponsors:
· SRAM

· Marzocchi

· Mercedes-Benz

· Vans

· Formula

· Mavic

· High5

· Royal

· Schwalbe

· Muc-Off

· Cane Creek

· Troy Lee Designs

  1. Big-G

    So stoked 4 Al, go kick ass buddy.

  2. Jamie

    Yeah Al, go kick a hot but!

  3. Cyrus

    So are CRC Nukeproof gonna be running Marzocchi forks and Rockshox vivid shock? Or was someone just really lazy with their photoshopping?

  4. 4xlego

    Boom al is on the scene

  5. Leon

    I thought it was a cane creek shock ? *squints at picture*

  6. Jawoll

    @Cyrus: And Saint cranks? If they do not have a crank sponsor, why would they go for the biggest opponent of SRAM?

    But yeah, nice team, also liking the new graphics with more yellow!

  7. rick

    Those Schwalbe tires are looking quit maxxis, don’t they?

  8. mud monster

    What’s up with the Saint cranks? Can’t imagine SRAM would be too happy about that, considering all the hype around the descendant

  9. Councilhousekid

    Royal & Troy Lee…how does that work?

  10. Panzer

    Good shit, its about time someone picked up what Al is putting down.

  11. Jamie

    Peaty’s on Royal, Troy Lee too. Royal kit, TLD lid probs…

  12. Councilhousekid

    @ Jamie, of course, makes sense now!

  13. craig

    yes be lovin watchin him. proper pinned rider wif style for miles

  14. baddog

    Good stuff,great rider.

  15. chris dodd

    awesome news.

  16. bozo

    How’d Matti pull up after that horror crash that was reported a few months ago?

  17. rick

    There is some pic of Matti in the net. He’s fine again, some scars, but still a handsome guy. *nohomo*

    Al deserves it so much!

  18. canuck

    Made one of the coolest bikes look gash if thats the colours they running. Well happy for Al Bond though whatever the bike colour!!!!!

  19. dirt dodger

    GO BOND !!! how chuffed does he look? so well deserved especially after last year and i reckon he will be the top boy on that team for sure. the rest of them had best pull their socks up lol.

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