Pivot athlete camp in Arizona

Racers, riders and ambassadors get together for some great riding

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2018 Pivot Athletes

2018 Pivot Athletes (left to right) Sofia Gomez-Villafañe, Antoine Caron, Rupert Chapman, Chloe Woodruff, Eddie Masters, Emilie Siegenthaler, Rose Grant, Brice Shirbach, Bernard Kerr, Aaron Chase, and Keegan Swenson

The 2018 season is here and the folks at Pivot are gearing up for another great year of riding, racing, and building great bikes.

Indeed, Pivot Factory Racing is back. New-comer, Eddie Masters came out full throttle snagging his first podium of the season, earning himself the New Zealand National Downhill Championship.

Bernard Kerr, Emilie Siegenthaler, and Rupert Chapman are also poised to return to podiums all over the world in 2018.

Aaron Chase

Aaron Chase in action.

Likewise, the Stans-Pivot Pro Team p/b Maxxis will continue to tear up the cross-country circuit. Chloe Woodruff & Keegan Swenson started out the season at the Andalucía UCI 6-day stage race, with a full World Cup season ahead of them.

Rose Grant, a four-time US marathon National Champ is looking to add “five-time national champ” to her resume. Sofia Gomez-Villabate, who is coming off of a breakout cyclo-cross season is also looking to make a name for herself in the XC side of things. Both Rose and Sofia will focus on Pro XCT and the Epic Rides Off-Road Series for 2018.

Emilie Siegenthaler

Emilie Siegenthaler is ready to rock.

The always incredible Aaron Chase will continue to travel to unreal places and do absolutely unreal things aboard his bike—look for more of his amazing edits this year. Antoine Caron’s focus is on enduro racing and, a man of many talents, filmmaking. Antoine will be stepping into the world of EWS this season. Brice Shirbach will also be roving the world, in search of the next great story and video—you can expect to see plenty of Brice’s work in the media.

Antoine Caron

Imagery from the first day of racing at the Dirty Sanchez enduro, an invitational event held just outside of Grass Valley, CA.

Pivot ultra-endurance racers, Taylor Lideen and Kaitlyn Boyle both just won and set new course records at the 2018 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo, with Taylor notching 20 laps and almost 340 miles in the Solo Male category and Kaitlyn racking up 18 laps and about 300 miles in the Female Solo category. You will definitely be seeing more of these names throughout 2018.

Pivot’s headquarters in Tempe, Arizona, was recently home to a gathering of Pivot racers, riders and ambassadors who joined Pivot’s staff to collaborate, give back to the community and, no surprise, ride some great trails. It’s all here in the video (courtesy of Antoine Caron’s handiwork).

And without letting too many cats out of the bag, 2018 is going to be a big year for some truly great and awesomely disruptive new Pivot models.

Be sure to keep up with their Facebook and Instagram pages to see all the newest bikes and the latest results, photos, blog posts and edits featuring Pivot athletes from all walks of life, across the world. These folks are special, Pivot doesn’t choose just anyone.

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About the author: Justin Wages

As a stage 4 colon cancer survivor, Justin Wages got into the cycling world in an effort to increase his endurance after losing his left lung. As a California native and growing up with a skateboard and snowboard beneath his feet it wasn’t long before the thrill of mountain biking gripped him. Justin’s day job as a Land & Recreation Manager helps him understand the balance between conservation and trail use. He also works with his fiancé, Jeni, to bring more women into the mountain bike world with certified skills clinics and education. “My goal is to get more people on trails for health and enjoyment,” he says. “I want to help them overcome their mental or physical limitations and be the best person they can be, while expanding their appreciation for our natural world.”

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