The new 2009 Mongoose mountain bike team will include longtime member Eric Carter, with Mick Hannah returning to mountain bike racing after taking a year off in 2008. Mongoose will continue to support the freeride scene with Steve Romaniuk, Andrew Cho and Garett Buehler.
According to Mongoose, Carter’s focus will be developing trails, supporting events (like the 12 miles of Ashland) and helping to run Mongoose demos and rides at shops around the country. After tearing up the 2007 World Cup scene, Hannah will attend all of the 2009 World Cup races, Crankworx, US Open and some other select races in between.
“I’m really excited to start racing again in 2009,” Hannah said. “I enjoyed my year off but couldn’t stay away from racing. I did a race a few weeks ago and was very encouraged by the way I was riding. I’ve got my focus back.
“I’m really happy to be involved with Mongoose,” he added. “I turned down a few offers so I could partner with a company that has one of the most professional teams on the circuit and a great product development staff to work with. I feel confident that this season will be one of my best.”