After a three-year partnership, Aaron Gwin will not have a renewed contract with Specialized in 2016. “It’s been a great 3 years for me at Specialized. I’m very thankful for their kindness, hard work, and continuous support in helping me further my racing career at the highest level. I leave the team satisfied with the results we achieved and will remember the great times we had for a very long time. It’s been an awesome ride and I wish them all the best in the future,” said Gwin in a press release posted on Specialized’s website.
Gwin’s original move to Specialized from Trek World Racing in 2012 sparked controversy over whether or not the American racer had breached his contract, though he denied those claims. After a rocky start on Specialized’s Demo 8 in 2013, Gwin began to return to form in 2014 under team manager Eric Carter’s leadership.
Carter didn’t stay on with Specialized, but the 2015 season would be one of Gwin’s best yet, as he chalked up wins at four of the seven UCI stops and clinched the overall title. Included in those four wins was a stunning run at Leogang, in which he snapped his chain out of the gate but still edged out second-place finisher Connor Fearon by a fraction of a second.
It has been reported that Gwin’s contract is not being renewed due to a disagreement over salary. It is unknown at this time what team Gwin will be riding for in 2016.