The 2009 GT mountain bike team will be gravity focused, consisting of former Team BikeRadar rider Marc Beaumont and promising dowhiller Kevin Aiello from southern California. Swiss rider Roger Rinderknecht and Aussie Luke Madill will be riding 4-Cross, while BMX and freerider Tyler McCaul rounds out the team.
Beaumont, the wily downhill ace out of Craven Arms, England, is one of the most consistent and respected World Cup racers on the circuit. The 24-year-old Beaumont has proven his consistency over the last few seasons, making him a front runner for any World Cup podium.
According to GT, another factor in Marc’s success is that he is a protégé to another UK DHer and former GT superstar, Steve Peat. After starting off the 2008 season with an injury, Beaumont is now getting back up to speed and will be doing full throttle testing on the new GT Fury carbon DH bike.
Also on the Fury is the 17-year-old Aiello, who dominated the Fontana, California series in Downhill and 4X as well as winning a few West Coast NORBA races.
Roger Rinderknecht has been on the World Cup circuit for a few years dominating both 4X and BMX courses. Roger won the silver medal in 4X at the 2008 World Championships, while also representing Switzerland at the Beijing Olympics.
Luke Madill has primarily focused on BMX racing in the past, but this year Madill will compete in both BMX and UCI SX races, as well as MTB 4X races on the World Cup circuit. Madill represented Australia and GT Bicycles in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and took third place in 4X at the UCI World Cup in Canberra.
Tyler McCaul has certainly come out of the shadow of his older brother Cam. Not only has Tyler proven himself on the dirt jumps, he’s been holding his own on the DH race course as well.
“We are certainly excited and proud to have such great athletes on our team moving forward,” said Sarah Ostermeier, Sports Marketing Manager for GT Bicycles. “We’ve got a great combination of talent for 2009 which certainly solidifies GT Bicycles commitment to our brand and to the sport.”
The team’s schedule for 2009 includes: hitting all of the World Cup races, some select American races, Crankworx, UCI SX Racers and a few others in between.
For more information, visit www.gtbicycles.com.