Ruaridh Cunningham and Reece Wilson leave Unior Tools Team
The Scotish Era comes to an end
Junior World Champion and Hardline winner Ruaridh Cunningham has parted ways with Unior Tools Team.
Cunningham enjoyed four years with the team in which he twice podiumed at Hardline and delivered a career best ninth placed finish in Lenzerheide this year. Ruaridh also stepped on the podium of many iXS EDC, BDS and SDA events, two of those times he was on top of the podium.
Cunningham said: "I've really enjoyed the last four seasons with Unior and we've had some awesome times along the way. They have been nothing but supportive from the very beginning and I'm very grateful to have been given the opportunity to race for them."
It was also announced that Ruaridh's team mate and fellow Scotsman Reece Wilson would be looking for a new team too. Wilson was scouted to the team by Cunningham and he delivered impressive results including 25th from MSA and 26th from Val di Sole in 2015 and 30th place from Leogang in last season.
Wilson said: "I feel like a young bird fledging the nest this year. The guys at Unior took me under their wing from my second year of racing and supported me right up to where I am today! It's been a truly amazing experience. It's time for me to move onto the next chapter of my career, which is scary but dam exciting!"
Grega Stopar, team manager: "Both Ruaridh and Reece are great talents and good friends. When Ruaridh first joined the Unior’s team in 2013 the level of professionalism of the whole team went up for couple of levels.
"He asked for more, but gave knowledge and results in return. His attention to details is amazing, he’s focused on nothing else than that last run on Sunday. When Reece officially joined us we knew that we have a strong combination of experience and fresh energy.
"Reece also has that looks-so-easy attitude that will get him on the podium. What has always been important for us, Unior and our sponsors is that they are not just racing downhill, they are great ambassadors of mountain biking. We had good and bad times together and of course we don’t like letting them go, at the same time it will be great to see how they develop further."
It's been a tough year for the Unior Tools Team following the death of Zarja Cernilogar, but we're glad to report they will still be racing next year with new riders to be announced in January.
As for Cunningham and Wilson... we just wonder if it's coincidence this news was announced on the same day as Troy Brosnan's departure?