Trek Bicycle is excited to announce the founding of a program aimed at developing the next great American DH racer. Armed with the coaching and mentorship of Trek World Racing’s World Cup champion Aaron Gwin, ODI/Trek Satellite Racing is a five-rider juniors squad aimed at ensuring the current American wave of World Cup talent is not a flash in the pan. With Trek’s support, and the mentorship of world-class riders, the team’s initial goals are to become the premier US downhill development program and to develop the next generation of American World Cup champions.
The team will be equipped with the World-Cup proven Trek Session 88 as they tackle the domestic DH circuit including Super-D events along the way. Bontrager will provide the traction necessary for the riders to take the next step with its line of wheels and off-road tires, including the choice of Trek World Racing, the all-new G4 model and G-Mud.
“Trek has realized a new level of success in the DH world through the new Session and working with Aaron this past year. We’re excited to work with him and Rich Houseman to keep the US at the top of gravity racing,” said Trek Mountain Bike Brand Manager Travis Ott. “My hope is that this is nothing short of a development factory for the next batch of World Cup champs.”
Headlined by US 16-and-under National Champion Logan Mulally, younger brother of Trek World Racing’s Neko Mulally, the team includes Jason Schroeder, Charlie Harrison, Matt Branney, and John Buckell. The small-on-age, huge-on-swagger squad has its sights set on long-term development that Team Manager and mentor Rich Houseman sees as an investment in the future of the sport.
“Teaming up with ODI, Trek, and all of our sponsors, has allowed us to create a solid development program for these young shredders,” said Team Manager Rich Houseman. “Our Coach/Mentor Aaron Gwin has come up with a blueprint for dominating at the professional level, and we’re looking forward to giving all the necessary tools to our young riders. Our goal is to produce, and develop the next great American champion!”
Just as excited about the potential of nurturing American DH talent is ODI Brand Manager, Colby Young. "As a US-based company it's important for us to continue to grow US presence at the World Cup level. We are excited that Trek has decided to partner with us to continue to develop these young riders into the next American World Cup champions. We are looking forward to a great season."