GT has announced a mass exodus of riders with Brook MacDonald, Sam Dale, Jackson Frew and Anneke Beerten all on new rides for next year.

GT said: "2016 and 2017 are two years that will be added to the legendary logbook of ‘Team GT’. GT Factory Racing 1.0 represented what we all like most; racing at the highest level in the most beautiful locations around the globe with big smiles on our faces. The team built a relationship that will last a lifetime, and there are too many good stories to wrap up in a few words!

"I truly wish Sambo, Anneke, Brook, Jackson, and Ely a hell of a ride with their next adventures. Thank you all for being part of our crew and for all of the good times. You guys know where to find the good beer and you know there will always be a cold one waiting for you!

"Cheers,

Mark and the entire crew at GT Bicycles.

"The GT Factory Racing legacy is set to continue in 2018..."

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The new-look GT Factory Team formed in the ashes of the Athertons' departure to Trek with Brook and Sam on board from the start.

Brook came onto GT after podiuming and scoring a couple moretop tens on Trek in 2015. He was a consistent top 20 performer in blue and yellow and grabbed a best result of eighth at Mont Sainte Anne in 2016.

The one rider on course the rocks are probably scared of. With gritted teeth, Brook slotted himself inside the top 20.
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Sam Dale made the move from Madison but it was a tough couple of years for the Macclesfield lad who only finished five World Cups on his time with the team - his best result being a 37th in Leogang. We hope to see Sambo back to his best and smashing it again on a new team next year.

Both Jones and Dale podiumed here in 2015. They will be keen to refind theat form on Sunday
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In his first year as a junior, Jackson Frew was a regular face on the podium and ended up finishing seventh in the world. He broke the top 40 in his first senior year too. Big things to come for the young Aussie.

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As far as we know, Wyn Masters, Martin Maes and Alessa Missiggia will be staying put.