Dirt Norco Race team expands for 2013.
We are very excited to announce that Team Dirt Norco has signed 2 new DH riders as well as an Enduro rider for 2013.
Ben Reid: (Rider/Team Organiser)
I think 2013 is going to be the most exciting year yet for team Dirt Norco, I feel we are working with some of the best companies in the industry (2013 sponsors soon to be released) and for me this makes riding my bike so much more enjoyable. I have made a great start to my training in preparation for the new season as well as working with Stanny on our new plans for the team.
In 2012 we had Duncan Riffle on board the team and we had a great season together and had lots of fun on the way, unfortunately we will not have the pleasure of D Riff on board the team in 2013 and we wish the big guy all the best for his future plans.
It has always been our goal to use the team as a platform to help out new talent and we are pleased to announce our new team mates for 2013. For DH we have young George Gannicott joining us who we are keen to help out going into his last year as a Junior, George was on a roll at the beginning of this season and proved himself a contender before breaking his collar bone weeks before the Worlds in Leogang, we also have Casey Brown who is set to have another great season in the Women's Elite field, both these riders joining myself and Stanny on the DH circuit. As well as this we have Greg Callaghan who will be taking care of business on the new Enduro World Stage as well as in the UK and Ireland. I have been personally impressed by each of these riders by there skills and achievements on different occasions during the 2012 season and I am delighted we have been able to bring them on board.
Dan Stanbridge: (Rider/Team Organiser)
As Ben mentioned, it has alway been our goal with the Dirt Norco Race Team to support some young new talented riders. We are really excited to be able to do this in 2013 and even more pleased to have found some great riders to represent the team. Casey had an incredible debut world cup season in 2012 finishing on the podium at the finals in Norway, George already has some impressive wins to his name in the very competitive Junior class and Greg has shown his strength in the relatively new Enduro race series so 2013 is looking to be an exciting year for the team.
"Super stoked to be on a new team this year, Dirt Norco is well-established and has awesome riders who I'm sure I'll learn a ton of good things from, right now I'm working hard and getting prepared for the next few months of training. I have some big plans for 2013 and am really excited to be on Norco!"
"I am really excited about joining Dirt Norco for 2013! It is a great opportunity to be part of the team and be with experienced riders. I'm keen to prove myself in 2013 and signing with the team will help me loads!"
"After first being introduced to the world of Enduro racing less than a year ago with the Irish Gravity Enduro series things have really gone well for me, it's been a hell of a year and to go from my first season of racing Enduro to now being on a team as well supported as Dirt Norco for 2013 it is a great boost for me.
Having looked up to Ben as the top Irish rider since I started mountainbiking it's awesome to now be on the same team as him and is super cool to see him passing on the love to another Irish rider by bringing me on board. I'm really looking forward to getting my hands on the Norco bikes and flying the flag next season, hopefully it'll be a good season for everyone involved. This is definitely my most anticipated race season to date, I can't wait to get going!
I'd also like to say a massive thanks to the people who have helped me in previous years, especially James and Natalie from OC Suspension who have treated me like a rockstar for the last 4 years."
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