Aaron Gwin to ride for Trek in 2011
Months of internet speculation end as Martin Whiteley and Trek World Racing announce that Aaron Gwin will join Tracy Moseley, Justin Leov and Neko Mulally for 2011.
So where does that leave Andrew Neethling? And who will replace Gwin at Yeti? Stay tuned.
Trek World Racing Announce Downhill Line Up for 2011 - Addition of Gwin Highlights a Stacked Roster
Currently the UCI World #3, Gwin will race a Team-issued Trek Session 88 throughout the 2011 World Cup calendar.
A relative newcomer to the sport, Gwin has experienced a meteoric rise in his young career and is widely known as one of America’s brightest downhill stars.
“I’m really excited to be joining Trek World Racing. I’ve looked up to Trek bicycles since I was a kid watching Lance Armstrong win the Tours so to be a part of that same American brand and adding to that racing heritage is pretty cool. The support this team provides is second to none and I believe I’ll have all the tools I’ll need to achieve my goals." Aaron said.
Returning for 2011 will be World Champion Tracy Moseley (GBR), World Silver Medalist Neko Mulally (USA), and World Top 10 rider Justin Leov (NZL).
All three riders have had their best career years while riding aboard Trek, and are looking forward to welcoming Aaron to the team.
Tracy said, “It’s great to be returning to Trek World Racing for a 3rd year and this time in the World Champion’s jersey! I’m looking forward to an exciting year and hope to be able to help Trek World Racing become the number one team in 2011."
The title sponsor is as excited about the 2011 roster as the team is. When asked about the brand’s involvement with the team, Trek Vice President Joe Vadeboncoeur remarked, “Trek is more dedicated than ever to racing and to the Trek World Racing Team. Its value to our product development and brand is immeasurable but beyond that, we really, really just like to race. Our roster is filled with young talent that is going to provide a lot of energy mixed with mature riders that will continue to produce results. Our intention is to be at the top level of racing at all disciplines."
Justin said today: “I know this program as well as I know the bike, inside out now, and working with amazingly focused people is what I'm all about. I look forward to having a solid crew of staff and riders to work alongside these next two years and a lot of fun times and great rides along the way. I just want to get on with it for 2011 and prove I can put down great race runs in the World Cups and at World Champs. "
Neko said today: “I'm really looking forward to racing next year. To have such top notch support and a great group of people around me allows me to be the best I can be. I have taken in a lot this past year with Trek World Racing and with a better understanding of racing at the professional level I can't wait to put down some solid performances in 2011."