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Exclusive: Canyon Factory DH Team Camp

Behind the scenes with the new Canyon DH team

Canyon produced one of the stand out bikes of 2016 in the Sender but were conspicuous in their absence from World Cup racing. For 2017 they look to set matters right having assembled a strong team of racers ready to stamp a big endorsement on a truly great bike.

By Steven Jones

The team will be based out of the south of France and has a truly international feel to it. In terms of equipment it’s likely they will be leading the charge for Mavic and Sram, and with so many teams now on Fox suspension it looks like Canyon is most likely team to deliver success for RockShox in 2017.

Fronting the team is Troy Brosnan who moves over from Specialized after six years on the Demo. Brosnan is looking hungry to add to his two junior world championship titles and solitary world cup win in Fort William in 2014. He moves from a medium to Demo to a medium Sender. This means Troy is riding a bike equivalent in sizing to a large Demo.

 

Troy Brosnan. Looking for more world cup success in ’17

Ruaridh Cunningham is also a former junior world champion, from Fort William in 2007. The Scotsman has massive experience, a previous winner of ‘Hardline’ and looking to improve on ninth at Lenzerheide last season.

Ruaridh Cunningham brings some Scottish grit to the team

Canadian Mark Wallace also has top ten World Cup previous to his name. He moves over from Devinci after many years. Sixth at Mont Saint Anne in 2015 followed by eighth in Val Di Sole, Wallace opened 2016 with a further top ten placing at Lourdes last season.

 

Mark Wallace. A proven track record but wanting to kick on

Directing the team is one of downhill’s most exemplary tacticians, a total racer and double World Champion Fabien Barel. In him the team has a man with an incredible knowledge and understanding of racing which he will impart on the team. Priceless and scary at the same time, Barel will doubtless never be far away and downhill racing will be very much all the better for having him around again.

Fabien Barel. There has been talk that he has retired. No such evidence from this camp
The boys
Coil RockShox Vivid on all team bikes
Sram Guide or in Brosnan's case Guide/Code
Nigel Reeve hammer and chiselling the bikes in to shape
Aaron Peltari. Troy's right hand man
French. Yellow. Fast.
Brosnan was looking sharp mind
RockShox sprung Maxxis keeping the glue
Look out for the team video coming soon. It's going to be good
Coil RockShox Vivid on all team bikes
Blausasc dh track. Fast as.
That's where it went
Trade shot
Ruaridh getting after it in typical Mediterranean terrain
Yer definitely NOT retired
Droppin'
Expect to see more black, white and yellow flashing through the woods in 2017
French. Yellow. Fast.
No holding this man back. Barel. All action
Wallace in unusually dry surroundings for the Canadian

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