Trek has announced a new cross-country mountain bike race team for 2013 dubbed Trek Factory Racing. Forged with Olympic veterans, the team will feature US National Champion Sam Schultz, Canada’s Emily Batty, 23-year-old rising star Annie Last, two-time Olympian Dan McConnell, and U23 podium finisher Rebecca Henderson. Managing the team will be industry veteran Jon Rourke.
“Trek Factory Racing represents both the current and next generation of XC superheroes,” said Travis Ott, Trek’s global mountain bike brand manager in a statement.
The team will be racing on Trek’s all-new Superfly SL and Superfly 100 SL, featuring Shimano XTR components, FOX suspension, Bontrager tires, and of course, Trek branded gear.
Also with Trek this year will be Russell Finsterwal, racing internationally as well as defending his U23 US title, along with Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski and Heather Irmiger tearing up the dirt in the increasingly popular field of enduro racing.
With last year’s announcement that Trek World Racing (a separate team) would drop XC racing for 2013, it’s great to see the team find a new home under the Trek Factory Racing banner.
Also, be sure to check out our "Catching Up With: Emily Batty" feature in Issue #166 of the magazine.