Bethel, Conn. – January 14, 2009– GT Bicycles today announced exciting new additions to the 2009 GT mountain bike team. The team will continue to be gravity-focused, adding Eric Carter, Mick Hannah and Andrew Cho to the GT roster. These three exceptional riders will help support GT’s 30-year race heritage.
“GT’s race legacy has been built on developing innovative products by leveraging pro athletes and incorporating them in product testing and development,” said Bruno Maier, Executive Vice President of Marketing for the Cannondale Sports Group. “With the new GT team riders, we will be able to get vital feedback and incorporate it into current and future platforms.”
Mountain biking legend Eric Carter, dubbed “EC”, is no stranger to standing at the top of the race podium and has collected his fair share of titles and wins over the years. EC has one World Cup Championship Title, two Overall World Cup Championship Titles and 11 National Championship wins– most recently winning his 11th National Dual Slalom Championship title in 2008. With his race experience and product knowledge, EC will be a valuable asset to the GT brand both on the course and off.
After his one-year leave from racing in 2008, Mick Hannah’s return will be turning heads during the 2009 season. In 2006, Mick won the World Cup race in Vigo, Spain. In 2007 Mick took 7th overall in the 2007 World Cup Series and 1st in the Sea Otter Dual Slalom. Mick’s superb racing skills will be complemented by the new GT Fury, which will be his race weapon of choice.
Andrew Cho is no stranger to big jumps, gaps, Red Bull events or freeride videos…Cho can throw down with the best. In his hometown of Whistler, British Columbia, Andrew can be seen getting rowdy in the MTB parks and will help to provide valuable product feedback for the GT brand.
The 2009 GT Mountain Bike Team includes:
Marc Beaumont (DH)
Kevin Aiello (DH)
Roger Rinderknecht (4X/BMX Race)
Luke Madill (4X/BMX Race)
Eric Carter – DS, 4X, DH
Mick Hannah – DH
GT Bicycles is part of the Cannondale Sports Group Division of Dorel Industries (TSX: DII.B, DII.A).
About GT Bicycles
Built on its race-proven performance products, GT Bicycles has been designing technologically advanced bikes in the road, mountain and BMX categories since 1973. With product innovations like Independent Drivetrain, GT Bicycles continues to lead the bicycle industry with world class products. For more information about GT Bicycles, please visit www.gtbicycles.com.
Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX: DII.B, DII.A) is a world class juvenile products and bicycle company. Established in 1962, Dorel creates style and excitement in equal measure to safety, quality and value. The Company’s lifestyle leadership position is pronounced in both its Juvenile and Bicycle categories with an array of trend-setting products. Dorel’s powerfully branded products include Safety 1st, Quinny, Cosco, Maxi-Cosi and Bébé Confort in Juvenile, as well as Cannondale, Schwinn, GT, Mongoose and SUGOI in Recreational/Leisure. Dorel’s Home Furnishings segment markets a wide assortment of furniture products, both domestically produced and imported. Dorel is a $2 billion company with 4600 employees, facilities in seventeen countries, and sales worldwide.
source: Michael De Leon