After dropping Lopes, Jill Kinter and Bryn Atkinson recently GT have just announced their new team.

Marc Beaumont and Roger Rinderknecht are the two biggish names, together with a couple of riders we haven't really heard of; Kevin Aiello, Luke Madill and Tyler McCaul.

Here's the guff.

GT Bicycles today announced the new 2009 GT mountain bike team. The team is gravity focused and consists of DH connoisseur Marc Beaumont from the United Kingdom and the young and promising DHer from southern California. Swiss rider Roger Rinderknecht and Aussie Luke Madill will be riding 4X and BMX and freerider Tyler McCaul round out the team.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Kevin Aiello is just 17 years-old, but he has already tested out his skills on the World Cup circuit. Kevin has dominated the Fontana, California series in Downhill and 4X as well as winning a few west coast NORBA races. Kevin will also be testing the new GT carbon Fury.

Roger Rinderknecht has been on the World Cup circuit for a few years dominating both 4X and BMX courses. Roger won the silver medal in 4X at the 2008 World Championships and his recent and most prestigious accomplishment was competing in the 2008 Olympics.

Luke Madill has primarily focused on BMX racing in the past, but this year Madill will compete in both BMX and UCI SX races, as well as MTB 4X races on the World Cup circuit. Luke represented Australia and GT Bicycles in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and took third place in 4X at the UCI World Cup in Canberra.

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Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Tyler McCaul has certainly come out of the shadow of his older brother Cam. Not only has Tyler proven himself on the dirt jumps, he’s been holding his own on the DH race course as well.

Marc Beaumont and Roger Rinderknecht join Kevin Aiello, Luke Madill and Tyler McCaul on the GT mountain bike team for 2009