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Gwin on Trek

| Blog, Mountain Biking Uk | 10/11/2010 08:30am

The first of the big ‘off-season’ movers and shakers is the World #3.

I’ve never denied it, I like Aaron Gwin a lot. His rise from injured MXer dabbling with big bikes to the third quickest rider in the world has been meteoric. American cycling needs Gwin, he’s hands down the fastest rider they’ve produced in a decade and the only US racer who can seemingly really tackle the super steep and wet European race courses.

All that said, he’s off to Trek in 2011.

“I’m really excited to be joining Trek World Racing,” he said. “I’ve looked up to Trek Bicycles since I was a kid watching Lance Armstrong win the Tours so to be a part of that same American brand and adding to that racing heritage is pretty cool. The support this team provides is second to none and I believe I’ll have all the tools I’ll need to achieve my goals.”

So, a typically star-spangled statement from a happy American on Trek. Less happy presumably is the man he replaced, South African Andrew Neethling.

Trek made rumblings about wanting a top five rider for 2011 to accompany the Women’s World Champ Tracy Moseley and now they’ve got one it would seem.

So who’s going to step-in to the vacant Yeti slot? Joey Schussler struggled at World Cup level last time out and doesn’t look ready to make the step up to senior rider on the team – Needles for a straight swap anyone?

Stay tuned to the MBUK blog and Facebook for more as we get it…

Pic: Steve Behr/Stockfile

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