SPECIALIZED CELEBRATES 50-YEAR HISTORY

Meet the Specialized World Cup Cross-Country Team

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(Photos by Michal Cerveny)

After half a century of innovation and striving to enhance the ride, at Specialized, we feel like we are just beginning. Amidst the Gold medals, World Champion titles, and numerous World Cup XCO and mountain bike marathon victories, the Specialized Factory Racing team commemorates our rich heritage with stunning bikes and beautiful kits. Paying tribute to the original Team Stumpjumper introduced in 1984, the athletes will compete in Val di Sole and Crans Montana on the S-Works Epic 8 with the newly released limited edition Roval Control SL Team wheels.

The Specialized team. Left to right: Laura Stigger, Christopher Blevins, Victor Koretzky, Haley Batten, Sina Frei, and Martin Vidaurre.

The iconic red, black, orange, and yellow colors of the Team Stumpjumper evolved into Team Specialized and won countless races with riders like David McLaughlin, Gavin Chilcott, Laurence Malone, Lisa Muhich, Sara Ballantyne, and the legendary Ned Overend. This year, as Specialized begins celebrating our 50th anniversary, both bikes and kits will be celebrating this incredible history.

America’s Christopher Blevins.

 

France’s Victor Koretzky.

America’s Haley Batten.

  Victor Koretzky.

Chile’s Martin Vidaurre.

Victor Koretzky and Chris Blevins, who are ranked 1st and 2nd respectively in the UCI World Cup overall standings, will lead the race in their Team Stumpjumper kits and special edition S-Works Epic 8 bikes. Martin Vidaurre, the Chilean National Champion, will be chasing closely, thrilling the crowd with his flair and remarkable bike handling skills.
Haley Batten.

Leading the charge on the women’s side is American Haley Batten, who started the year with wins in both the XCO and XCC races. Alongside Batten is Laura Stigger and former short track world champion, Sina Frei.

The Specialized brand, founded by Mike Sinyard, is celebrating the 50th anniversary in 2024. While there may have been product changes over the years, one thing remains constant: riding a Specialized mountain bike through the woods can still make any rider feel like they are a 10-year-old kid again.

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