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Trek World Racing 2015 loses Neko Mulally

We’ve just had the Trek World Racing team roster beamed over from 23 Degrees HQ and the team loses Neko Mulally for 2015. At the moment we’re not sure where he is heading but the shoe/helmet internet spies have been out and could he be joining Brendan Fairclough on Scott?

Looks like a Kabuto lid to us and those Five Ten Maltese Falcons are the same as Neko wore on THAT run at Worlds in Hafjell…

We all know what Neko can do on a bike after landing 4th (and the hotseat for a while) at World Champs in Hafjell earlier this year without a chain so why has he moved on from TWR? In the press release you can read below just one sentence refers to his departure, and that is:

Neko Mulally has requested to leave the team in order to pursue other opportunities.

We asked Team Manager Martin Whiteley about Neko leaving and this is what he said.

We’ve always believed in investing in youth, and it’s brought great results for the team. Neko joined us as a 1st year junior and he’s matured over that half-decade and now has decided it’s time to move on, it’s his decision. We wish him well in this new chapter of his career and thank him for all his done for us over the past half-decade.

Laurie Greenland, who has been ripping in the off season sticks with the team as do both the Kiwis in the form of Brook MacDonald and George Brannigan rounded off with Greg Williamson taking a strong team into 2015. Here are the details from 23 Degress HQ:

Press Release

Next year sees the UCI Elite Team, Trek World Racing, entering its 7th season on the World Cup circuit and will do so with 4 talented riders returning from 2014. World #9, Brook MacDonald clearly demonstrated that he has returned to form after his shoulder surgery by ending the 2014 season with a great 5th place at the World Championships as well as scoring 2 World Cup podiums in Leogang and Windham.

Brook is joined by compatriot George Brannigan, the current New Zealand National Champion who showed his growing potential in 2014 with a World Cup podium in Leogang, an 8th in Windham and by seeding 7th at the World Championships. Scottish rider Greg Williamson also returns after his best World Cup season to date. Greg scored two 9th places in Fort William and Méribel and for the 2nd year in a row scored a spot on Team GB for the World Championships.

The three elite riders are joined again by junior phenom Laurie Greenland who will next year race the full Junior World Cup circuit after having a great finish to the 2014 season scoring a silver medal at the World Championships, and his first ever World Cup podium in Méribel.

Neko Mulally has requested to leave the team in order to pursue other opportunities.

For 2015 the team will once again focus on the UCI World Cups as well as selected European events, basing themselves out of France. The team is returning to its usual roster of 4 riders and all will be racing the Shimano/Fox equipped Trek Session 9.9 650B which many times recorded the fastest speeds in the World Cup speed-traps throughout the 2014 season. The Session has scored more than 40 podiums since it starting racing World Cups back in 2009.

Next month sees the start of national racing on the New Zealand calendar with the highlight being the National Championships for Brook MacDonald and George Brannigan on February 14 and 15, a title that has been held by Trek World Racing riders for the past 3 years. This time it will be George Brannigan’s turn to defend the Championship.

With Laurie Greenland moving into the 2015 season carrying the ranking of number 1 junior in the World, and three talented elite riders all capable of World Cup podium results, it will be another strong year for the Trek World Racing program. More news on co-sponsors and new video releases will be announced during the remainder of the off-season.

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