Trek: Trek World Racing XC Team to Race 29ers in 2012


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  • New Zealand Junior Champ Anton Cooper joins TWR
  • Willow Rockwell returns to World Cup racing

The cross-country squad of Trek World Racing will race Trek’s OCLV-Mountain Carbon Superfly hardtail and Superfly 100 29er models as their primary rigs for 2012. After riding the big wheels to top podium steps over the past few months, including Lukas Flückiger’s Iceman Cometh victory aboard the Superfly Pro, the team is looking to keep the momentum going into the World Cup season.

The 2012 roster that includes Lukas and Matthias Flückiger and Willow Rockwell will also be bolstered by the up-and-coming “Kiwi Kid”, New Zealand Junior National Champion Anton Cooper who claimed his country’s title aboard the Superfly Pro. At the tender age of 17, Cooper has gained a reputation for catching his seniors that begin minutes ahead of him, only to ride the momentum of his 29er wheels through the pack and off the front. "Joining Trek World Racing is a huge step in my career. With the amazing support of the team and after my recent success at the New Zealand Nationals on my Superfly, I can't wait to see what I can do on the World Cup scene once again."

2012 will also witness the return of World Cup superstar Willow Rockwell, who dominated the descents of the 2010 Worlds course aboard her Superfly Elite en route to the bronze medal. The 5’2” Rockwell, who has ridden 29ers since her earlier days as a member of the 29er-exclusive Subaru-Trek squad, returns to the world stage with fresh legs and renewed drive after resting for 2011 as she and her husband celebrated the birth of their first child.

“I am so excited to get back to World Cup racing, and doing it on a Superfly just gives me more confidence,” said Rockwell. “It’s the bike I feel most confident on and the stability lets me attack the course. It’s a big mental benefit when you’re fighting for a podium spot.”