FLAGSHIP RACE PROGRAM Canyon and Troy Lee Designs
They say things get better with age and so does a relationship like TLD and Canyon Factory Racing. We have been their helmet partner for the past 3 seasons, keeping the heads of the UCI Downhill team and the EWS Enduro team protected year-round but this partnership is about to go full tilt as it extends into Race Gear, Helmets and Protection for the next 3 seasons!
“It’s an honor to partner with a company like Troy Lee Designs, which has such a rich race heritage and dedication to safety and performance,” said Gabe Fox, Team Manager. “In the past, we only ran their category-leading helmets. Now, we’re taking the partnership to a higher level.”
"Working with CFR programs the last two seasons as their helmet partner provided amazing exposure across the globe at so many races,” said Craig “Stikman” Glaspell, TLD Global Brand Director for Bike. “We knew there was an opportunity to make this relationship all-encompassing and move into full kits and protection in the future and we did everything we could to make it happen. To have CFR as our marquee TLD race program really sets us at the top with a great partner in racing but also aligns with us in making best in class product. It is a perfect time for us to go all in, as we launch the new D4 helmet this season in addition to our new SPRINT ULTRA range of premium race gear.”
The season kicks off with the DH squad in Lousa, Portugal for World Cup #1 in mid-March and the Enduro season kicks off a week later in Manizales, Colombia for round 1 of the Enduro World Series.
PRIMED FOR THE WORLD CUP
Leading the charge on the downhill side is Troy Brosnan, who’s coming off a season which saw multiple podium finishes, including a World Championships Silver medal and a Canadian Open gold medal. Mark Wallace, claimed 8th in the overall World Cup standings last year, and returns for his 4th season under the Canyon banner. Ditto for Kye A’Hern, who took the rainbow jersey and Junior World Championship title at Mont Sainte Anne last season. With newfound confidence, A’Hern makes his jump into the elite ranks in 2020.
Joining the elite crew in 2020 is 17-year old, first-year junior Jakob Jewett. Jewett showed massive potential in 2019 with an array of top results, including amazing finishes at Crankworx Whistler and a Canadian National Championship title.
“We’ve assembled one of the most-well rounded rosters on the World Cup,” says Fabien Barel, mentor of the team. “It’s a great foundation for success and I look forward to kicking things off in a few weeks.”
Canyon’s Enduro program is led by two members from last year’s overall Team Championship winning team. Dimitri Tordo looks to elevate his last two season’s overall finishes while he seeks his first EWS win. Likewise, veteran Canyon rider Ines Thoma is will pick up from where she left off in 2019—a season in which she had five top-five finishes.
In one of the off season’s most exciting signings, Canyon is proud to welcome Jack Moir to the family, the global fan favorite will pursue a full EWS campaign and select downhill events.
“Really excited to be joining the Canyon crew,” says Moir. “Canyon’s enduro and downhill teams have been super successful and this gives me great confidence in the equipment I’ll be using, and the people I will be working alongside. It’s going to be an exciting year for me. I’ll be focusing on the EWS, but I’m happy to still have the opportunity to hit some of my favorite World Cups.”