Posted by Editoress on 08/28/15
The Red Truck - Garneau p/b Easton Cyclocross Team will become Canada's first pro purely cyclo-cross team, as well as one of the top teams in North America. By uniting riders from many different cycling communities, the Red Truck - Garneau p/b Easton Cyclocross Team hopes to give young 'Cross riders a team to aspire to and Canadian cyclo-cross fans a team to cheer for at the biggest races in the world. The team will race a mix of international UCI races, including Canadian Nationals and the CrossVegas World Cup, as well as local races to enhance the level of competition and support the growth of cyclocross in Canada.
Red Truck - Garneau p/b Easton Cycling team roster:
Michael van den Ham - #2 Ranked rider in Canada, Current Alberta Provincial Champion (Elite Men) - Alberta
Craig Richey - Former #1 Ranked rider in Canada, Current BC Provincial Champion (Elite Men) - British Columbia
Raphael Gagne - 4 UCI CX Wins, Current Canadian XC National Champion (Elite Men) - Quebec
Natasha Elliot - Former #1 Ranked rider in Canada, 14 UCI Wins (Elite Women) - Ontario
Red Truck continues on as the title sponsor for 2016 with the core sponsor group that has allowed the Trek - Red Truck road team to have such a successful 2015 season. Garneau has been the clothing sponsor for the TRT road team the past three years and has stepped up to support this cyclo-cross team as the co-title sponsor. The team will be racing on custom painted DreamFactory Steeple-XC bikes, as well as wearing Garneau clothing and helmets. Easton Cycling also expands on their support of the TRT road program with increased support for the new cyclo-cross team, which coincides with a larger focus by Easton on the Canadian market. The team will be racing on EC90 SL Disc tubular wheels and new Easton MCD road bars. Additional CX team sponsors include Vittoria Tires, Gorp Bars, Rumble, Crankbros and Mad Alchemy.
"It's exciting to be working with athletes of this caliber. Our company has a passion for racing that extends well beyond the normal road season," says Louis Garneau, President and founder of Louis Garneau. "The support of the North American cyclo-cross racing scene will help highlight both our cross bikes as well as the custom apparel we have available for this segment of riders."
"I'm thrilled to join the Red Truck Garneau p/b Easton, most of all because I will have a team and good teammates, something I've never had for cyclocross before. Also, I missed cyclocross racing so much in 2014, I had no bike and no contract for cross, so being back at it after sitting out last year is even more exciting. I will have an awesome cross bike with disc brakes, something I've always looked forward to having and I trust this will help me capitalize on my technical skills. I'd like to thank to Red Truck Garneau for their trust and I'm looking forward to the racing season with them." says Raphael Gagne.
Learn more about the team and follow their progress this season at:
Facebook: Red Truck Garneau p/b Easton Cycling
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