After finishing third overall on the 2010 World Cup downhill circuit aboard a Yeti, American Aaron Gwin will be sitting on a Trek for 2011.
Trek World Racing announced the addition of Gwin, arguably America’s most competitive World Cup rider, to its 2011 downhill roster. The Southern Californian missed a bronze medal at the 2010 mountain bike world championships by about a second.
For the 2011 World Cup campaign Gwin will race a Trek Session 88 alongside his Trek World Racing teammates Tracy Moseley, the women’s DH world champion out of Great Britian; world top-10 rider Justin Leov from New Zealand; and up-and-coming American junior Neko Mulally, who won a silver medal in the junior DH at the MTB worlds in Mont Saint Anne in September.
“I’m really excited to be joining Trek World Racing. I’ve looked up to Trek bicycles since I was a kid watching Lance Armstrong win the Tours, so to be a part of that same American brand and adding to that racing heritage is pretty cool,” Gwin said. “The support this team provides is second to none and I believe I’ll have all the tools I’ll need to achieve my goals.”
Team owner Martin Whiteley of 23 Degrees Sports Management said that after the first two years of the program, a lot has been learned “on and off the bikes.”
“It’s clear we’re ready to take the momentum from the two medals won in Mont Sainte Anne and spend more time on World Cup podiums in 2011,” Whiteley said.
Momentum and support from the team’s title sponsor, as Trek Vice President Joe Vadeboncoeur said the company is more dedicated than ever to racing — and to the Trek World Racing Team.
“Its value to our product development and brand is immeasurable,” Vadeboncoeur said. “But beyond that, we really, really just like to race.”
Following an early season broken arm, the team’s young gun Mulally said he is looking forward to racing next year.
“I have taken in a lot this past year with Trek World Racing and with a better understanding of racing at the professional level I can’t wait to put down some solid performances in 2011,” Mulally said.