Sam Blenkinsop deja Yeti Cycles

Por     el 04/12/09 a las 3:20 pm.

Así es amigos, después de dos temporadas corriendo por Yeti, el joven corredor de Nueva Zelanda, ficharía por un nuevo team para la temporada 2010. Tras conseguir el subcampeonato mundial Junior en su casa el 2006 a bordo de una Turner (con caída incluida en la final), para finalmente en 2008 saltar a la fama al arrebatarle el primer lugar a Sam Hill, ni mas ni menos que en Schladming, donde el australiano venia ganando los últimos tres años (05, 06 y 07) y siempre “metiendole” 5 o 6 segs al segundo. Fue capaz de descontarle casi 2 segs a Hill, consiguiendo así su primera victoria en copa del mundo y convertirse en el primer kiwi en ganar una fecha de la WC.

Volviendo al tema de team, se dice que podría ser Giant, para promover el nuevo Glory, o que podría ir también a Trek a reencontrarse con su compatriota Justin Leov, donde su mánager Martin Whiteley es el jefe de equipo.

Pero todos sabemos que estas son solo especulaciones y como dice Rob Warner: ” The time will tell us the truth”, no nos queda mas que esperar y ver por quien finalmente correrá el ganador de la fecha wc de Schladming 08.

Por su parte el team Yeti quedaría compuesto por Jared Graves quien domino ampliamente en el 4x ganando el mundial y la copa del mundo y Aaron Gwinn, la joven promesa gringa que logro un top 3 en Mt. St. Anne en 09.

Press Release:

Returning will be six-year team veteran, Jared Graves, who dominated the 2009 World Cup circuit in four-cross, winning the World Cup Overall and World Championships. American downhill prodigy, Aaron Gwin, who finished top ten overall in World Cup standings in just his second year racing mountain bikes, will also be on board and will be focused on adding to his podium count next season. Young gun, Sam Blenkinsop, will race for another team for the 2010 season.

“Sam has raced for us the last two years and had great success under our program,” said Chris Conroy, Yeti’s president. “While it is always bittersweet to see a rider like Sam move on, he has been presented a great opportunity with another team and we wish him the best of luck,” said Conroy.

Yeti has a long track record of developing young riders and this will play into the team dynamics for next season. “Fortunately, we have a strong development program and this will give one of our younger riders more experience on the world stage,” Conroy said. Most notably, Colorado native, Joey Schusler, will be given and opportunity to try his mettle on the World Cup circuit this year.

To bolster the team support, Yeti will add Scott Sharples to the program to help manage the team, mentor the racers, and provide coaching support to all levels of the program. Sharples was previously the Australian National Team coach, and has coached some of the best gravity riders in the sport. Additionally, Yeti will add a strength and conditioning coach, who will be named later. Damion Smith will remain as Team Manager.

“We’re committed to building our team for long-term success,” Conroy said. “We believe these key staff additions will give our riders the best support in industry and pay big dividends down the road.”

Yeti Cycles is a high-end mountain bike company, based in Golden, Colorado. The company has nearly twenty-five years of racing experience and focuses its product development on making racers go faster.

En resumen dice que Blenki tiene una oferta de otro team que no fue igualable por Yeti, esa seria la razón del cambio.

Foto: Gonzalo Saez enviado especial Montenbaik World Championships Canberra 2009

 

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