Bike company Iron Horse, known for its downhill machines, has announced it will sponsor the UK extreme-endurance.com enduro racing squad in 2008. The new team will be known as Iron Horse Extreme.
Iron Horse is best known as the bike supplier to world downhill champion Sam Hill, while extreme-endurance.com is home to some of the UK’s top long-distance mountain bike racers including 2005 solo 24 hour world masters champion Rob Lee, the team’s manager.
“This is a great move for our team and also a great move for Iron Horse. We have some of the best 24 and 12 hour soloists riding for us next year and it is fitting that we are teaming up with Iron Horse,” said Lee.
In 2007, extreme-endurance.com took first and second places in the men’s solo 24 at Mountain Mayhem and follow that up a month later with wins in both the men’s and women’s solo 24 at the Bontrager Twentyfour12.
Martin Astley, Iron Horse UK brand manager said, “We are all really excited about this collaboration; it marks an important point in the history of Iron Horse as we attempt to carry our success from the downhill arena in to other markets. The team will be riding Azure Expert bikes which are renowned as being one of the fastest platforms out there so the competition better watch out! I am looking forward to working with Rob and the team in 2008, getting some great results and hopefully having some good times along the way!”
The team roster for 2008 will be: Rob Lee; Anthony White; James Leavesley; Fi Spotswood; Clive Forth; Josh Ibbett; Gavin Atkins.