Source: Devinci Cycles
Devinci Cycles recently announced the formation of Devinci Global Racing (DGR) as a UCI MTB race team for the 2011 World Cup Season. Devinci’s close proximity to Mont-Sainte-Anne, home to the longest running event on the World Cup circuit, makes the team’s launch a natural move for the brand.
The Devinci Global Racing’s riders are a mixture of podium threats and young up-and-comers.
Leading the DGR team is 21-year-old Canadian Steve Smith. Smith recently demonstrated his prowess in the most prestigious race of the season, finishing on the podium in 2nd place at the World Championships at Mont-Sainte-Anne. In addition, he captured multiple top-10 World Cup finishes throughout the season.
Joining Smith is New Zealand’s George Brannigan, who was a contender among junior riders in 2010. Brannigan led the Junior World Cup series for most of the year, was crowned the Oceania Champion, and finished in 4th place finish at the 2010 World Championships.
Both Smith and Brannigan will be piloting Devinci Wilson downhill Split Pivot bikes.
“We’ve assembled a great program under the DGR banner—riders, co-sponsors, support staff,” says Gabe Fox, Devinci MTB Marketing Manager. “It’s the foundation for a strong future and I envision seeing our program with some great results.”
For 2011 Devinci Global Racing will target the complete World Cup Series, the US Open, Crankworx and other select Canadian, North American, and European events.
“I’m excited to be making this commitment to World Cup racing, and having Steve Smith on the program is the perfect fit,” says Devinci President, Felix Gauthier. “Smith shares many of Devinci’s core values and I’m looking forward to the season.”
For more details on Devinci and DGR, visit devinci.com