Well, we didn’t see this one coming! In a move that has blindsided the internet whisperers, the Athertons will have some new companions in Graeme Mudd and Kade Edwards for the 2017 season.
Photos:Richard McGibbon, Szymon Nieborak
23-year-old Mudd comes from the privateer pool and impressed the team with his strong rides this year, including an eighth in Carins. He also attended Hardline where he finished 14th, but clearly did enough to capture the team’s attention. It is Muddy’s first time on a factory set up and he will base himself in North Wales to train with the team.
He said: “2016 felt like a real turning point for me and I gained a lot of valuable experience but I know that with some more resources behind me I can be sitting at the pointy end of the results lists a lot more often.
“I am totally stoked to be riding with Trek Factory Racing DH, I’m beyond excited to join a team whose passion and desire for success is everything I’ve dreamed of. I’m about as good as a guy who has just landed his first gig in the World Cup team could be!”