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Founded in 2005, the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team
is right at home on the elite marathon and cross country racing circuits. With reigning European Marathon Champion, Alban Lakata, Leadville 100 winner, Sally Bigham and current German National Marathon Champion 2013, Robert Mennen, three of the world’s best riders will line up for Topeak-Ergon Racing Team in 2014.
The close relationship between Topeak-Ergon and Canyon Product Development is at the core of our partnership. The team’s riders provide us with valuable feedback which we then use to further develop our products. After intensive testing in unforgiving race conditions, our findings are then applied directly to the bikes in our range.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Through Czech Kristian Hynek’s unwavering commitment, the team has placed a valuable teammate at Alban Lakata’s side. Kristian was 2012 European Marathon Champion and won bronze in the World Championships. At Kirchberg/Tirol 2013 he crossed the line in 4th, 2 places behind his future teammate Alban Lakata.
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".
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.
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.
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:
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.
The Austrian doesn’t just bring a smile to the team but also his considerable experience. As a mechanic he sees to it that everything runs smoothly during races. With his precise, slick working style and years of experience in the sport, he is an indispensable component for the team.