Saladini leads. World Cup 4X, Maribor, Slovenia

Carter will be representing Utopia Optics worldwide at a variety of mountain bike events, including the NORBA Nationals, World Cups, Sea Otter Classic, World Cup series, select Mega Avalanche races, as well as the World Championships. Although recently regarded as a 4-Cross/MtnX specialist, Carter plans to compete for the coveted NORBA and US titles in both Mtn X and Downhill disciplines!

"I'm excited about being a part of the Utopia family, the product line is awesome, and they support the type of sports that I like to do and watch,” stated Carter.

In his earlier years, Carter was one of the fastest bmx racers around. As a multi-time national & world bmx champion, Carter is regarded as a legend in the sport of bmx. As he stepped up into mountain bike racing, his fierceness and competitive nature never lingered. Carter continued to dominate as he won countless national and world cup championships from disciplines ranging from Dual Slalom, Dual, Mountain Cross, 4-Cross and Downhill. One of his most recent career highlights includes his gold medal winning battle in the 2004 4-Cross World Championships in Les Gets, France.

Carter has taken upon the responsibilities as team manager for the factory Mongoose professional mountain bike team, as well as the Mongoose Tribe regional teams. Renowned for his “intelligent” racing abilities, Carter will share his knowledge and attributes of racing to his teammates, and amateur racers alike.

Utopia team manager, Jeremiah Dylan Dean said, “I’m extremely excited to have EC a part of our team! I’ve always looked up to EC as a racer, and as a professional. He’s a great personality for our sport & one of the best racers in the world! EC’s a class act and a perfect match with Utopia Optics. I know EC will represent the company well & I look forward towards a great season working with him!”

Eric Carter is already respected as one of the world’s top mountain bike racers. Still in his prime, Carter will continue to dominate each and every race he enters, regardless of competition. Not only is he a sensational rider, Carter is a great ambassador to the sport as well as those associated with him. Utopia Optics welcomes EC to the family and wishes him the best of luck this season!

San Marcos, California (April 6, 2006) Utopia Optics is pleased to announce the addition of American mountain bike hero Eric Carter to the 2007 team! Carter joins Utopia’s family this season as an essential part of our program. Carter’ stature in the mountain bike community solidifies the fact that the Utopia mountain bike program is one of the best & most coveted programs around.