Via the Canyon.com website:
One of the most successful mountain bike teams of the last few years – the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team – will be competing on Canyon bikes in 2011. The team made up of reigning Marathon World Champion Alban Lakata, women’s World Champion of 2007 and 2009 Irina Kalentieva, and three times German Champion Wolfram Kurschat will all be riding exclusive Canyon team mountain bikes.
Following the signing of contracts Team Manager Dirk Juckwer explained, “We were looking for an innovative partner who will cooperate as closely as possible with us. In addition, the geographical proximity of the team to Canyon makes many things a great deal easier.” Canyon’s Marketing Manager Daniel Bley said, “Following the wind up of the FBI-Team we’re looking forward to working with a strong and internationally oriented team in cross-country sport. We can provide the Topeak-Ergon Racing Team with top material and are looking forward to working closely with the riders. We also expect to gain valuable support from the pros in the area of product development.”
The Topeak-Ergon Racing Team was founded in 2005 and is now one of the most successful teams in cross-country and marathon sport. In 2011 the team will have the same premium squad as last year and continue to underscore its winning ambitions. The team also has big ambitions in America going into the new season. The riders around MTB legend Dave Wiens consistently show in endurance races what they are made of. Dave Wiens, who made his way into the Hall of Fame in 2000, has beaten among others veteran Lance Armstrong in “his” event the Leadville 100.
I am super excited! I have been biting my tongue on this announcement since before Interbike. Always good to get to try new bikes and technology! Here are the frames we will get to choose from on any given race/training day.
The Lux MR full carbon FS frameset will be one race weapon available to the team riders. Weighing in at 3.8 lbs, the Lux MR will be the choice for stage racing, marathons, and multi-day events.
Option number 2 to the riders is the 2.4 lb Grand Canyon CF. Sure to be the right choice for the World Cups as well as those climbing heavy courses in Colorado.
Stay tuned, as the images of the frames in team colors are to be released to the public in the coming days!