Norco Bicycles is
thrilled to announce Team Norco International's 2014 roster. Returning
to the team are World Cup downhill racers Jill Kintner and Bryn
Atkinson, who partnered with Norco Bicycles in 2012 and have made
considerable contributions to product development and to proving the
Aurum on an international stage. For 2014, the team also welcomes
Italian National DH Champion Lorenzo Suding and Norwegian National DH
Champion Isak Leivsson.
we built this program, our goals were to ride the best equipment, have a
solid image, and win races. I think we accomplished our goals," says
Jill Kintner, 2013 US National DH Champion. "The 2014 expansion came
about because people took notice of our hard work and our good
relationships within the industry. We wanted to be able to provide
opportunity to riders who have serious talent, but maybe lack the
support they need to take the next step. Bryn and I have a lot of
experience and know what it takes, so we thought having teammates would
be fun and exciting. Big thanks to Norco for believing in us, and for
moving forward with the expanded Team Norco International."
Suding comes to Norco following his fifth National DH title at the 2013
Italian National Championship. Racing the World Cup circuit in 2013,
Lorenzo had three top 20 finishes; he is aiming for the top 10 in 2014.
"Joining Jill and Bryn is a dream come true, as I see great benefit in
working together on the track," says Lorenzo. "Discussing line choices
and tactics will help greatly in race preparation. I think inspiration
can be linked to change and this is a great opportunity to build great
success with Team Norco International."
Leivsson has ridden with Norco Bicycles since 2012 as a privateer from
Hafjell, Norway. Isak is coming off a successful 2013 season: he won his
third consecutive Norwegian National Championship in his hometown and
finished 26th at the World Championships. Isak's affinity for seemingly
impossible riding conditions will aid him in key 2014 events such as
Fort William, Méribel and the World Championships in his backyard of Hafjell, Norway.
commitment to Team Norco International and to earning top results on
the World Cup stage created this exciting opportunity for expansion.
High caliber, World Cup-level athletes are a source of invaluable
product testing and feedback and we work very closely with them in our
pursuit of engineering excellence. Athletes racing at the World Cup
level push themselves and our bikes to the absolute limit and our design
and engineering teams are right there with them, ensuring they have the
best possible tools to do the job. Jill, Bryn, Lorenzo and Isak each
bring world-class style and experience and we couldn't be more excited
for them and for the upcoming downhill race season!