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Founded in 2005, the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team is among the elite in cross-country and marathon sport. The first class squad includes three of the world's best mountain bikers with the reigning marathon world champion Alban Lakata, the two-times ladies world champion Irina Kalentieva as well as the three-times German champion Wolfram Kurschat. The close proximity of Topeak-Ergon to Canyon makes a decisive contribution to making the cooperation much easier and allows us to respond to the needs of the pros so that we can always provide them with the best possible equipment.
Irina is a true great in her sport. Although the Russian is a mere 156 cm tall, it's inner greatness that really counts. She works hard and always focuses on the goal ahead – and that's to be standing at the top of the podium. The world always looks nice from above.more »
The currently most successful British mountain bike pilot isn't just fun to be with on the race circuit, she also relaxes the atmosphere in the team with her refreshing charisma. However, she never loses sight of her desire for success. A glance at her achievements supports this assessment.more »
The reigning marathon world champion made his sporting breakthrough in 2004 when he became Austrian marathon champion. The Austrian has been riding mountain bike for 10 years now and is one of the riders everyone is trying to beat on the racing circuit.more »
At the age of 25 he is among the best mountain bikers in Germany. Within the next few years he could make the leap from being an upcoming talent to being an out and out winner. His motto is "All or nothing" and this is what he puts into practice on the racing scene, so he always gives absolutely everything to reach his aims. At the same time Robert also studies business administration and this keeps him fit in both body and mind.more »
He is a perfectionist. This applies to his bike just as much as to his training. He gives everything in the races. "If you can keep on riding after you have reached the finish, then you have done something wrong." Wolfram's input is key for us. For example, how can we optimise the chassis even further?more »
For more than 20 years now Dave has been giving the trails a hard time. His opponents have no easy time of it because for the most part they have to battle their way through the dust that Dave's back wheel throws up. His victories at the Leadville Trail 100 show that he rides at a consistently high level. Dave was even able to overcome former pro Lance Armstrong in the race which he considers to be "his event".more »
In the USA he's a true great in 24-hour events. Jeff Kerkove loves the mix of demanding circuits with rocks, roots, rapid changes in speed and the constant stress of a 24-hour event. After the day is over he harvests the fruits of his labour and takes his place on the top of the podium.more »
She likes technical courses with challenging climbs. That's obvious because the 1.73 metre tall 27 year old Looney has the best physical attributes for that type of course. In 2008 she demonstrated her abilities and finished on the podium in every single marathon she took part in without any slip-ups.more »
Yuki Ikeda is a man of many sporting talents. He started with playing basketball in Japan and his university team won the Japanese championship on two occasions. After his move to the USA he switched to mountain biking. To date he is the only rider from Japan who takes part in the NOBRA, the hardest race series in the USA:more »
Eddie lives and breathes cycle sport and he loves his wife Namrita. The couple have a great deal in common, for example their commitment to the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team. Eddie can unite his two passions in the team, namely his wife and the racing circuit. In addition, he has a real taste for high quality wines and whiskey.more »
The qualified nutritionist uses her knowledge to give her optimum preparation for her competitions. Alongside her job as a rider she is also an entrepreneur. She helps triathletes, mountain bikers and racing cyclists to prepare for their competitions. Coupled with intensive training this creates an extremely high level of performance.more »
As team manager Dirk coordinates the running of the entire team. Whether it's ordering material, negotiating sponsorship contracts or booking hotels - thanks to his work the riders can fully concentrate their efforts on the racing. He spends a large amount of his time on the road with the team in order to create optimum event preparation conditions for the riders.
Lars aims to provide the riders with first class material which is optimally tuned to the individual rider's needs. He is the team's mechanic. It's not least down to his skill and his meticulously tuned bikes that the riders for the most part avoid mechanical failures. The care of the equipment, the assembly and the tuning of the bikes are all part of his duties.
Werner Faust's hands represent the calming influence on the team. He prepares the exhausted muscles for the tasks ahead. Through his years of experience and his own sporting career he knows only too well where the shoe pinches when the riders are in the middle of a busy racing calendar.