MS Mondraker Team Is Ready
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The start of a new year means one thing in the downhill (DH) world – the much-anticipated team line-ups. MS Mondraker Team is fired up for the MTB World Cup season, confirming the return of the core of their multi-national, podium-winning team, maintaining continuity in the pro rider roster and support staff, looking to build on a successful and exciting 2019 season.
Fresh and on-form following his victorious World Cup run in Val di Sole, 6th in the World Championships and 6th place in the UCI Ranking last year, Great Britain’s Laurie Greenland is once again pulling on the Austria-based team’s jersey, ready to race on the much-lauded 29er Mondraker Summum.
Laurie’s dedication to the sport and hunger to win is even more evident than ever: during the off-season he chose to stay on home soil, training with ex-British Cycling MTB advisor Olly Morris, and enjoying his new-found status as a Red Bull athlete – a recognition of his amazing 2019 form. He is determined to claim more World Cup (WC) victories over the next seven months.
Laurie’s fellow British teammate Mike Jones also comes into the 2020 season in great form, eager to impose himself on the Elites. A super talented rider, Mike’s grit and tenacity have him looking for his first WC podium.
After a World Championship practice run crash last August on Mont-Sainte-Anne’s ‘La Tarzan’ rock drop saw New Zealand’s national champion, Brook Macdonald, bow out early from the tail end of the season with a spinal injury, MS Mondraker can confirm the return of “The Bulldog” to the 2020 calendar. Although the Elite World Cup winner and former Junior World Champion will not be racing the first DH World Cup round in Lousã, Portugal (21st-22nd March), he is set to make his comeback later in the year.
Italy’s former double national champion Eleonora Farina returns with confidence following two WC podium finishes last year in Andorra and Les Gets. The technically gifted rider and former European DH Champion has her eyes firmly fixed on the top step this season. Rounding off the Elite team roster, and one to watch for this year is 22-year-old Thibault Laly.
The former French Junior national DH champion and EWS U21 race winner is a formidable gravity rider with the capability and talent to ride at DH Elite World Cup level. Thibault has made some notable lifestyle changes to ensure that racing is his primary focus, so he’s set to make this his best season ever. Lukas Haider remains at the helm, continuing his 9-year career as manager of the Mondraker team, starting the ninth race season together under the MS Mondraker name.
Looking to the 2020 season, Lukas said:
“2020 is going to be an interesting season for us. We have a strong team roster with Laurie, Brook, Eleonora, Mike and Thibault, and realistic chances for World Cup podiums and victories; this is our main goal, for sure.“
After his World Cup victory last season, Laurie is more motivated than ever. It will also be great to see Brook return after recovering from a spinal injury in Mont-Sainte-Anne last August. His latest rehabilitation progress is promising and we hope to have him back for the second half of the season. We will have some new developments in the material sector in the pipeline, which should help us as well. We just can’t wait to get it started!”
About MS Mondraker Team
MS Mondraker is a professional Elite UCI downhill (DH) mountain bike (MTB) team. The initials ‘MS’ stand for Markus Stoeckl, who is a former DH racer and the current world record holder of the high-speed record on mountain bikes. Based on his experience of racing World Cups, he found his own vision of how the sport should look. Thus, the MS-RACING programme was born, marking the beginning of the implementation of MS’s vision.
The original MS-RACING team was founded by Markus Stoeckl and Lukas Haider in 2004 to support semi-professional athletes. Within two years MS-RACING grew from a semi-pro race team to one of the most important UCI trade teams in the MTB race circuit.
The team has enjoyed a lot of success in the professional sphere since its inception: winning the Four-Cross Team World Cup title in 2008; dominating the 2016 UCI DH World Cup with the overall team victory and taking 1st and 2nd places in the 2016 DH World Championships; and taking the win in the 2019 UCI DH World Cup in Val di Sole.
For more information, visit www.ms-racing.at.
Mondraker is a proudly independent specialist mountain bike brand from Alicante, Spain, creating performance bikes that are race proven at the highest level – World Cup and World Championship winners in Downhill with MS Mondraker on the Summum Carbon, and racing at the highest level of Cross-Country on the F-Podium Carbon RR with PMR Racing.
Over our 20 years of competing, designing and manufacturing we have developed the knowledge and expertise to craft ‘racing bikes for daily use’ – the same machines that our pro riders use. We are never shy to innovate and take risks, but we always keep focused on what really matters: making Mondraker bikes feel right out on the dirt.
For more information, www.mondraker.com
MS Mondraker Team Partners
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