The Stan’s-Pivot Pro Team p/b Maxxis has set themselves up for a successful 2018, doubling its roster and signing with Stan’s NoTubes, Pivot Cycles, and Maxxis Tires through 2020. New racers Keegan Swenson and Sofia Gomez-Villafañe will join returning riders Rose Grant and Chloe Woodruff. The team of four will tag-team an international and domestic racing schedule that includes a wide range of events, including the Andalucia Bike Race, UCI MTB World Cup, Sea Otter Classic, Cactus Cup, and the Epic Rides Off-Road Series.
“When we founded the team in 2015 with Stan’s NoTubes, we started thinking about how we could build a sustainable and racer-focused program. We’ve had three incredible seasons as a team but we’re constantly evaluating how we could do better,” Woodruff said. “Adding Keegan and Sofia will let us divide and conquer and remove some pressure off any single racer. And they’re just awesome people.”
Swenson brings a wealth of experience with room to grow at just 24 years old. In 2018, Swenson will race a full World Cup schedule with Woodruff, who raced in the 2016 Rio Olympics.
“I’m really excited to join the Stan’s-Pivot Pro Team, and I’m looking forward to getting back to racing at the World Cup level in preparation for Tokyo 2020,” Swenson said.
Gomez-Villafañe’s grew up in Argentina, began racing in the Norcal High School Cycling League and continued at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., progressing quickly in just a few seasons of racing cross-country. Notable performances included an all-out battle against Grant at the Missoula Pro XCT. Giving Gomez-Villafañe added exposure alongside her new teammates will aid her in her progression as a racer.
The team will race abroad the Pivot Mach 429SL, LES, Mach 4 Carbon and LES 27.5 frames with Stan’s wheelsets and Race Sealant. Maxxis will supply tires, the bikes will be outfitted with Shimano XTR Di2, Fox suspension and seatposts, Stages Cycling power meters and Dash GPS head units. Handlebars, stems, saddles, and bottle cages will be PRO Components with ESI Grips. Other sponsors include Kask, BikeFlights.com, Osprey Packs, Feedback Sports, ASSOS, KOO, GU Energy, and Natural Delights Medjool dates.
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