Canyon announce a new team for new talent – the Canyon CLLCTV Pirelli Team
The new Canyon CLLCTV Pirelli Team enters the Downhill scene with a clear focus: finding and developing the world’s best future talents.
Over the past 10 years, Canyon riders and their bikes have achieved some outstanding results in the world of gravity racing. Starting with victories in Enduro, followed closely by Downhill, the company has built its knowledge and understanding at the highest level of competition by working with some of the best athletes in the world. And now, Canyon are looking to share this knowledge and expertise through their support of an all-new program focussed on finding and developing the world’s best future talents. This is the Canyon CLLCTV Pirelli DH Team.
The program will sit alongside the existing CLLCTV Teams, including the Canyon CLLCTV Factory Team and the Canyon CLLCTV FMD Team. Where these established CLLCTV teams have their sights set on the sport’s top honours, Canyon CLLCTV Pirelli will concentrate on supporting emerging talents – helping them to learn and progress on the biggest stage in downhill racing, the UCI DH World Cup Series.
To post fast times on track, riders need a fast setup. Their race bikes will centre around the formidable Sender CFR chassis, and component sponsors have been hand picked to deliver ultimate performance. A key partner for the team is tyre giant Pirelli who bring an entirely new approach and level of ingenuity when it comes to tyre development from the world of motorsport to the MTB race circuit. Pirelli will work with the team to optimise their new Scorpion range of gravity treads. Alongside them, Dainese will also play an important role in the team – providing the racer's apparel and protective gear.
The squad, which will be made official by the UCI in a few days and will be managed by DH veteran Roberto Vernassa, lists four young promises of the Gravity world. The Italian Loris Revelli, previous National DH and Enduro Champion, the young American gravity hopeful Dante Silva, the French Antoine Pierron, the youngest of the infamous Pierron family and the promising German junior rider Henri Kiefer: they will all race Downhill events.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a Canyon CLLCTV race program without the mentorship of French DH and Enduro legend Fabien Barel, one of the driving forces behind this new team. He states: “the new team is the result of an ambitious project to find the next generation of top-level racers. I believe we have put together a team of athletes with great prospects and skills. It’s exciting to see these self-supported riders who, today, thanks to Pirelli, Canyon and Dainese, are making an important leap into professional racing. In my opinion, many of them will soon be climbing the top ranks.”
Keep up with all the action from the upcoming season at the Canyon CLLCTV Instagram Channel.
About Canyon Bicycles
What started life in founder Roman Arnold’s garage as Radsport Arnold has evolved into one of the world’s leading manufacturers of road, mountain, triathlon, hybrid and kids’ bikes as well as modern e-bikes. Officially renamed in 2002, Canyon works hand-in-hand with the best athletes on the planet to produce an array of award-winning bikes that embody a pure passion for riding. With a strong reputation for true innovation, implementing leading technologies, clean and clear design as well as the highest standards in quality and service, Canyon continues to expand worldwide, selling more bikes outside of its native Germany than within since 2008. As a pioneering direct sales brand, Canyon products are exclusively available online at www.canyon.com.