PRESS RELEASE: Chain Reaction Cycles
Sam Hill goes into the this year’s competition as two-time, back-to-back champion, while Elliott Heap is looking to repeat his winning form after claiming the under-21 championship last year. With some sensational performances under his belt, Irish rider Kelan Grant completes the dream team of MTB talent for the season ahead.
There are also new bikes to talk about…
Team manager Nigel Page has been with the trio during their preparations for their return to racing this weekend, and sent in this report…
After a dream come true 2018 season with Sam Hill and Elliott Heap winning the Enduro World Series in their respected categories the Chain Reaction Cycles Mavic team is staying the same for 2019.
MTB legend Sam Hill, five-time DH world Champion and two-time Enduro World Champion heads the team roster again with U21 Enduro World Champion and all round bike riding genius Elliott Heap, who moves up to the Elite category this season, with Irish rider Kelan Grant completing the dream team line-up.
Sam’s long-time mechanic Jacy Shumilak continues as head mechanic, and we’d like to welcome back Carl Geeson who has worked for the team in the past, covering the European duties, as mechanic for Elliott and Kelan. A big thanks to Paul Tracey for all the help at home getting the bikes prepped and ready for this first trip.
Spanish sensations Salva Moreno and Kike Abelleira will be with us all the way capturing video and photo content.
We have also kept all our amazing same sponsors and partners – why change anything when everything is as good as it gets?
Mavic continue as our joint title sponsor and have us covered for the best wheels available along with our race clothing, gloves, shoes (for the clipless pedal riders), and open-face helmets.
Obviously, huge appreciation goes to Nukeproof for our frames and components – a big thank you to Rob and Steve for all their help.
I think the 2019 bikes look amazing; I love the Nukeproof original yellow bikes and the fresh new team kit.
Gratitude also goes to SRAM and RockShox for suspension, drivetrain, and brakes; Michelin for the tyres (we have some new amazing options for 2019); MRP for chain devices; 100% for full face helmets and goggles; Muc-Off for keeping the bikes looking clean and lubed; Mudhugger for the mud guards; AVS for the super trick enduro hand guards; OneUp components for bike tools and pumps; and Clif Bar for nutrition.
Thanks to everyone who has been involved for all their hard work and dedication getting everything ready in time for the season. It has been a challenge but worth it when it all comes together.
We had a perfect year last year and we are hoping for another amazing 2019 season where we will be doing our best to win some races and have an amazing time riding and racing all around the globe.
We are in Rotorua, New Zealand now for Round 1 of the EWS before heading off to Derby, Tasmania for Round 2 in just over a weeks time.
Let the good times roll…