EN octubre supimos la noticia definitiva que Mick Hannah habia firmado contrato con Mongoose, pero hoy nos enteramos por un comunicado de prensa de GT, que Mick acaba de firmar por el Team GT 2009. Al fin y al cabo no es TAN raro.
Resulta que GT y Mongoose pertenecen a Pacific Cycles uno de los fabricantes de bicicletas taiwaneses mas grandes del mundo (de la mayoria de las bicis taiwanesas que se venden en la calle San Diego). Por lo que al parecer decidieron hacer un solo Team y fortalecer el team GT que este año cumple 30 años.
Es mas si nos ponemos detallistas las bicicletas de DH de Mongoose y GT son MUY parecidas (gracias jose) asi es que todo no estan turbio como puede sonar al principio del articulo.
Bueno aqui los dejos con el comunicado de prensa que nos envio GT.
GT Adds World-class Mountain Bike Riders to 2009 Roster
Bethel, Conn. – January 14, 2009–
GT Bicycles today announced exciting new additions to the 2009 GT mountain bike team. The team will continue to be gravity-focused, adding Eric Carter, Mick Hannah and Andrew Cho to the GT roster. These three exceptional riders will help support GT’s 30-year race heritage.
“GT’s race legacy has been built on developing innovative products by leveraging pro athletes and incorporating them in product testing and development,” said Bruno Maier, Executive Vice President of Marketing for the Cannondale Sports Group. “With the new GT team riders, we will be able to get vital feedback and incorporate it into current and future platforms.”
Mountain biking legend Eric Carter, dubbed “EC”, is no stranger to standing at the top of the race podium and has collected his fair share of titles and wins over the years. EC has one World Cup Championship Title, two Overall World Cup Championship Titles and 11 National Championship wins– most recently winning his 11th National Dual Slalom Championship title in 2008. With his race experience and product knowledge, EC will be a valuable asset to the GT brand both on the course and off.
After his one-year leave from racing in 2008, Mick Hannah’s return will be turning heads during the 2009 season. In 2006, Mick won the World Cup race in Vigo, Spain. In 2007 Mick took 7th overall in the 2007 World Cup Series and 1st in the Sea Otter Dual Slalom. Mick’s superb racing skills will be complemented by the new GT Fury, which will be his race weapon of choice.
Andrew Cho is no stranger to big jumps, gaps, Red Bull events or freeride videos…Cho can throw down with the best. In his hometown of Whistler, British Columbia, Andrew can be seen getting rowdy in the MTB parks and will help to provide valuable product feedback for the GT brand.
EL Team GT de Mountain Bike tiene a los siguientes corredores:
Marc Beaumont (DH)
Kevin Aiello (DH)
Roger Rinderknecht (4X/BMX Race)
Luke Madill (4X/BMX Race)
Eric Carter – DS, 4X, DH
Mick Hannah – DH