Dean Racing Development (DRD) and X-Fusion suspension recently announced its factory mountain bike race team. The team will continue its relationship with Intense Cycles, as the official frame supplier, for the 2011 season.
The 2011 DRD X-Fusion Intense factory team, will consist of five factory racers – four pro & one junior rider. As one of the strongest American racers in recent history, former National DH Champion Cody Warren (Alpine, California) joins the team bringing a strong pedigree and long list of accomplishments.
"I'm extremely excited to join the DRD X-Fusion Intense team and work with this great group of guys" Cody Warren expressed his enthusiasm about joining the team! "Dylan Dean and I go back a long time, so I know that the support I receive will be world class! I'm thrilled to get back to racing & proud to represent this team and our great sponsors!"
JD Swanguen (San Diego, California) makes his return to the team from the X-Fusion race program as one of the most talented, all-around riders in the world – from downhill racing to street riding, slalom to dirt jumps. In addition, Swanguen will also film throughout the season and showcase his 29er project.
“Stoked to continue my great relationships with my current sponsors and excited to start new ones this season," said JD Swanguen. "I am really looking forward to a progression filled year with DRD X-Fusion Intense and project 29!”
East coast fan favorite, Jason Memmelaar (Chester, New York), has quickly risen in the US downhill scene & joins the team giving the program some depth. Jason had a stellar year this past season winning the Crankworx Colorado dual slalom and placing 2nd at the Pro GRT in Winter Park.
With our continued endeavor to develop young riders, the DRD X-fusion Intense team will work with two talented riders. Brad King (San Marcos, California) will make his pro debut having raced for the DRD program as a junior in 2010. Austin Warren (Alpine, California) will join the team as the team's only factory junior cat 1 rider.
"Words I can't express how excited I am to get this season started," exclaimed Dylan Dean, team director. "We've comprised one of the best US programs on the circuit. From top sponsors to arguably the most talented riders, the team is going to make a huge mark in the MTB race world!"
Cody Warren (Alpine, California)
JD Swanguen (San Diego, California)
Jason Memmelaar (Chester, New York)
Brad King (San Marcos, California)
Austin Warren (Alpine, California)