US downhill star Aaron Gwin has joined the Trek World Racing team following a fantastic 2010 season. He replaces South African Andrew Neethling.
Gwin burst onto the scene in 2008 with a 10th place finish at the Mont-Sainte-Anne World Cup – the first American top 10 finish since 2004. Just two years later, he's now ranked #3 in the world.
"I'm really excited to be joining Trek World Racing," he said. "I've looked up to Trek Bicycles since I was a kid watching Lance Armstrong win the Tours so to be a part of that same American brand and adding to that racing heritage is pretty cool. The support this team provides is second to none and I believe I'll have all the tools I'll need to achieve my goals."
Gwin, who previously rode for Yeti, joins women's world champion Tracy Moseley, fellow World Cup star Justin Leov and junior world champs silver medallist Neko Mulally on the squad. "It's great to be returning to Trek World Racing for a third year and this time in the world champion's jersey!" said Moseley. "I'm looking forward to an exciting year and hope to be able to help Trek World Racing become the number one team in 2011."
Team owner Martin Whiteley – who tipped Gwin as one to watch in early 2009 – said there was a "real possibility" that his riders could win the team prize in 2011, as well as earning more podium spots. Trek vice president Joe Vadeboncoeur said the squad was of "immeasurable" value to the company's product development.
He added: "Our roster is filled with young talent that is going to provide a lot of energy mixed with mature riders that will continue to produce results. Our intention is to be at the top level of racing at all disciplines." The Trek World Racing cross-country team roster will be announced in the coming days.