Canadian cross-country rider Emily Batty has signed a full factory deal with Trek World Racing.
The move follows some impressive results from the 21-year-old, including a top 10 finish at last year’s World Cup round in Offenburg, Germany.
It marks a big step up for Batty, who rode for Trek Store Toronto for the past two seasons. She joins Swiss brothers Mathias and Lukas Flueckiger on the cross-country side of the Trek squad.
Batty will be racing the full World Cup circuit, the World Championships, which this year take place on home soil at Mont Sainte-Anne, and other races including Canadian Cup rounds and the Sea Otter Classic.
She said: “I’m so excited to be taking this next step in my racing career. With Trek World Racing there’s a continuation of the equipment I love, and a lot of experience with the other riders and staff, and I can’t wait to get out there and continue to improve as an athlete.”
Team director Martin Whiteley said: “It’s not often in women’s cross-country that relatively young riders show their potential so early in an elite field, but Emily has the poise, commitment and humility that will allow her to progress to a new level.”
Trek World Racing 2010
Emily Batty (Can), XC
Lukas Flueckiger (Sui), XC
Mathias Flueckiger (Sui), XC
Justin Leov (NZl), DH
Tracy Moseley (GBr), DH
Neko Mulally (USA), DH
Andrew Neethling (RSA), DH