Willow Koerber will make the run to the 2012 London Olympics as a member of Trek World Racing.
Over the last two years, Koerber, 32, earned bronze medals at the mountain bike world championships as a member of the Subaru-Gary Fisher team in 2009 and the Subaru-Trek team in 2010. Also in 2010, Koerber was second overall in the World Cup standings. The move to the United Kingdom-based Trek World Racing is to focus more intensely on the podiums of the World Cup circuit, gold in the world championships, and a spot on the 2012 US Olympic team.
“I am very excited and honored to be a part of the Trek World Racing program for the next two years,” Koerber said in a release. “My goals are perfectly aligned with this program’s international focus, and together I believe we can make it to the top step of the podium.”
Koerber’s signing replaces Canadian U23 standout Emily Batty. The complete Trek World Racing XC roster for 2011 will be Koerber, who lives in Durango, Colorado, and Swiss brothers Lukas and Mathias Flueckiger.
“Willow’s addition to the program immediately brings us to the front of the women’s field and we’re honored that she has trusted our program with delivering the support she expects for the next two very important years,” said Trek World Racing owner Martin Whiteley.
Whiteley said the Flueckigers will return to Trek World Racing for the next two seasons, which coincides with the Olympic run-up in London. The brothers joined Trek World Racing in 2009, with Mathias Flueckiger capping off 2010 with the U23 world title in Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada.
“We are really excited about Trek World Racing’s XC Roster. The Flueckiger brothers are a podium threat on the men’s side every weekend, and Willow Koerber has also proven formidable on the women’s side,” said Trek vice president Joe Vadeboncoeur.
Whiteley and Trek pulled another off-season coup when they signed Aaron Gwin, the best American downhiller, this fall. The team is also home to the women’s DH world champ Tracy Moseley of Great Britian. Other members of the Trek World Racing downhill crew are New Zealander Justin Leov and American U23 Neko Mulally
“Our goal with this program is to be chasing the top step of the World Cup podium every weekend we go racing,” Whiteley said.