The mission

Depois de anos de trabalho árduo e desenvolvimento, a Canyon Factory Downhill Team está aqui. Nossa missão é simples. Colocar os melhores ciclistas do mundo nas melhores bicicletas e fornecer-lhes uma equipa e sistema de apoio ao contrário de qualquer outra na área. O resto será decidido sobre a lama. This is where we Draw The Line.

The riders

What is it like putting together a new DH team?

I’m really excited about being on a brand new team. I guess with any new team there’s nervousness, but there are also things that you can really build up and do your own way. I think what we’ve built here and the people that we’ve got working together and going to the races to win is going make for some amazing results.

How important is it to be on a factory team with an active role in bike development?

As a rider, the feedback process can be hard if things start getting lost in translation, but it has been amazing for me coming to Canyon. It’s really like a small family where you know all of the right people, in all of the right places, and if you want something done, it doesn’t have to go through too many people to actually get to the top.

What are your goals for 2017?

The past two or three seasons have been really good for me. I’ve been right up there in third place overall. Now I want to win. That’s pretty much the bottom line. It’s going to be tough. There are a lot of fast riders and a lot of things that can happen in between now and the end of the season, but with everything that’s going on now and based on all of my experience so far, I think I’ve got my best chance of winning yet.

Which race are you most looking forward to?

Every World Cup race is always a big deal, but the World Championships are in Cairns, Australia this year. Cairns is my home track, so if I can win on home soil, there’d hopefully be a lot of Australians getting really drunk that night.

What is it like putting together a new DH team?

It’s amazing. Mark, Troy and I were obviously friends already and we all get along great. I think that was a big point with the team coming together the way it has. Having Fabien, a multiple World Champion, on board has been a great experience and I feel that we’ll all work well together and we’ll make this team a success.

How important is it to be on a factory team with an active role in bike development?

If you have a bike company behind you that is willing to work as hard to achieve as you are, then you can work together really well. I think it’s an amazing partnership and something that I’m really looking forward to. Getting to see how much effort Canyon puts into their R&D and designing bikes is really inspiring, and I think we’ve got amazing support here to take this team to the top.

What are your goals for 2017?

Hopefully I’ll be hitting some goals that I’ve had laid out for a while. I really want to start to break in to the top ten in the world. Last year, I had my personal best result with a ninth placing and this year, I’ve finally been able to go full-time and really put the effort in to try and get in the top ten more consistently.

Which race are you most looking forward to?

It’s always difficult for me to look past Fort William. Being Scottish and it being the only World Cup race in Britain, it’s a huge race and to put in a good result in front of the home crowd would be pretty special!

What is it like putting together a new DH team?

It’s awesome. I didn’t know Troy and Ruaridh really well, but I knew them well enough to know that we’d all get along and that it would be a good time. Everyone on the staff is amazing as well. It’s been a good process. I’m enjoying it. It feels like we’ve been a team a lot longer than we have.

How important is it to be on a factory team with an active role in bike development?

The close link with the engineers is one of the most important things you can ask for as a rider. Downhill bikes are complicated machines and there’s constantly tuning going on to make them faster. If you can have a direct conversation with the people who are making the bike, it’s a huge advantage. It’s also super cool to have Fabien involved. He can ride the bikes and test them with us, but also has a direct link to the R&D and everyone here at Canyon. There’s a bit less of a middle man to getting what we’re asking for and vice versa.

What are your goals for 2017?

I’d like to get a couple more top tens and a podium would be great. That’s kind of been the goal the last few years – try to get up on the podium. If could get a podium and place top ten overall, I’d be super happy.

Which race are you most looking forward to?

It’s hard for me not to choose Sainte-Anne as it is in Canada and I had my best ever result there. Not to mention it’s a fun track.

What is your role in the team?

My role is to direct the team and to put all of the personnel together. I was lucky to be able to race downhill for 20 years and then get to be part of the development as well. Using my experience, I’m excited about putting the right people and the right structure together to bring our bike and our riders up on the podium.

How will having the team and their feedback improve Canyon bike development?

I definitely believe that downhill is the formula one of bike racing and that more generally racing is the best method for developing the bike and the brand. Being at the top of the World Cup circuit with our bike will definitely raise the bar for the performance and technology of the product and hopefully bring us to a new level!

What are your goals for 2017?

The goal is to bring every rider on the team to their highest possible potential and we definitely hope that that ends up being at the top.

The races

  • 15.01.2017 #1 Awaba, NSW
  • 19.03.2017 National Championships, Canungra, Queensland
  • 01.04.2017 CRANKWORX ROTORUA / NZL
  • 30.04.2017 #1 UCI DH WORLDCUP Lourdes

The team

Ruaridh Cunningham Rider
Mark Wallace Rider
Nigel Reeve Head Mechanic
Fabien Barel Supervisor and Rider
Mathieu Gallean Team Manager
Aaron Pelttari Mechanic
Troy Brosnan Rider

The bike

We set out to create the ultimate downhill bike with geometry configured for absolute control, suspension that builds momentum on track and a construction that leaves no doubts in your mind. But what good is the ultimate downhill bike if it isn’t being ridden at the highest level? It’s time to put it to the test.

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