Posted by Editoress on 02/14/19
The UCI downhill team, Unior/Devinci Factory Racing, has added Canada's Kirk McDowall to their roster for the 2019 World Cup season. Kirk joins American rider Dakotah Norton and Slovenian rider Jure Zabjek to complete the international team. The squad will be riding the new Devinci Wilson 29 DH bike at all of the stops on this year's World Cup circuit, which kicks off April 27th in Maribor, Slovenia.
McDowall at the 2018 MSA World Cup
Hailing from Vancouver, Kirk has been a staple on the Canadian downhill scene for almost a decade, riding on Devinci through Dunbar Cycles. He's a sound bet for the win on any track, having claimed the title of National Champion in 2016 and 2017.
Growing up racing BC Cups on some of this continent's most consistently gnarly, steep, and often wet tracks has given Kirk the type of bike handling skills that work on any terrain. He's proven it with strong finishes at European Crankworx events in 2018, with a third place in Les Gets and a fourth place finish in Innsbruck. Then followed up with two more top-10 finishes at Crankworx Whistler in the Canadian Open and Garbanzo DH.
"Joining Devinci's factory World Cup program has been a dream of mine since starting to ride their bikes in 2015," said Kirk. "I'm confident their support will help bring the riding and results I've been capable of domestically to my first full World Cup season. The Unior/Devinci team staff have already been amazing, and with the highly competitive equipment from all our sponsors, I can't wait for the first race!"
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