Pivot Cycles has released the complete roster of international downhill, cross country, grassroots, youth and NICA athlete programs for 2017.
The bicycle brand has renewed sponsorship of the Pivot Factory Racing program or two more seasons, with team leader and 2017 Red Bull Hardline winner Bernard Kerr at the helm. Joining Kerr for another season is seven-time Swiss National DH champion Emilie Siegenthaler. New to the team is New Zeland national Rupert Chapman.
The team is focussed on UCI Downhill World Cup races, King and Queen of Crankworx competitions and Red Bull-style events. The cyclists will be riding Phoenix DH Carbon and Firebird models. The Pivot Factory Racing team is supported by Shimano, Fox Suspension, Maxxis Tires, Reynolds Cycling, Fly Racing, Jet Black, WTB, Renthal, MRP and Industry Nine.
Pivot will also sponsor team Stan’s No Tubes/ Pivot. Team captain and winner of the Sea Otter Short Track and Iceman Cometh Chloe Woodruff will return for another season of UCI World Cup and North American racing. Joining her will be Epic Series champion and two-time USA Marathon national champion Rose Grant. Additional support comes from Shimano, Maxxis, Fox Suspension, Castelli, Kask and Clif Bar.
Back for a second year, the young Pivot/Reynolds Enduro team has added firepower in the form of Antoine Caron – the young winner of last year’s Triple Crown Enduro. Returning to the team are riders Mason Bond, Adam Snyder and Eric Shirbach. In 2017, the team will focus on the IMBA Enduro Series and the Enduro World Series.
Red Bull/ GoPro rider Aaron Chase is back for two more years with Pivot Cycles. Chase is known for his video edits with riders around the globe. Recent videos include a ride across a frozen lake and a co-edit with Cedric Gracia in Turkey.
Pivot Cycles will continue to support over 50 elite and grassroots athletes around the world including downhill and gravel-racing riders.
“We are super happy with our programs and for 2017; we increased support across the board – we are really excited to take Pivot racing to the next level. All of our pro downhill, XC and enduro programs are back,” said marketing manager Carla McCord.
“We’ve also increased our elite, grassroots and European sponsorship this season. There are so many exciting new athletes on the roster -– like our new, young, dirt jumper Jonny Kielhorn, in Germany – he’s got great style and it’s awesome to have him on Pivot!”