We already knew Harry Heath was retiring at the end of 2016 but Norco announced yesterday that Fraser McGlone will be leaving the team too.
This currently just leaves Blenki flying the flag for Norco but we’ve no doubt they’ve got someone lined up to fill the Brits’ boots.
It was a tough year for Fraser who performed consistently but couldn’t quite break into the top 50 as he did in 2014 and 2015.
Todd Schumlick of Norco Factory Racing said: “As some know, Harry has decided to retire from professional mtb racing indefinitely. After 8+ years of professional downhill mountain bike competition, he’s excited to explore other aspects of life outside of racing.
“Many of us have watched his progression, and have been inspired by his dedication and hard working approach to reach top 10 World Cup results. We have been fortunate enough to have spent the 2015 – 2016 season with him, he’s played a bit [sic] part in this team’s development and growth and we’re excited to see where his next journey takes him!
“From the start of our team in 2015, we decided to add a privateer rider to our roster. We can then do our best to provide them with the equipment and support needed to further their success. For 2016, this position was held by Fraser McGlone.
“With an infectious laugh and smile, The Badger definitely helped keep the vibe positive. Fraser had decent results throughout the season, but not what he was aiming for. So for himself, and the team, we believe a change for him is the right decision. We hope the best for Fraser in 2017.”
Best of luck to Fraser and Harry in 2017!