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Hannah signs with Haro

Mick Hannah cashed in on his world-champion potential Monday, signing a deal to ride for the Haro-Lee Dungarees mountain bike team in 2002. Hannah, who just turned 18, first made waves in the gravity-racing world at last March’s Sea Otter when he nearly knocked off Brian Lopes in the dual slalom. Three months later Hannah hit the mark, taking out Lopes — and everybody else — at the NORBA season opener at Big Bear, where he won the downhill and dual slalom. The young Aussie also took third at the World Cup downhill in Vancouver, but saw his season cut short at the NORBA finals in Vermont

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Hannah in his new duds.

Hannah in his new duds.

Photo: Courtesy Haro

Mick Hannah cashed in on his world-champion potential Monday, signing a deal to ride for the Haro-Lee Dungarees mountain bike team in 2002.

Hannah, who just turned 18, first made waves in the gravity-racing world at last March’s Sea Otter when he nearly knocked off Brian Lopes in the dual slalom. Three months later Hannah hit the mark, taking out Lopes — and everybody else — at the NORBA season opener at Big Bear, where he won the downhill and dual slalom.

Hannah is one of the numerous talents to come out of Australia recently.

Hannah is one of the numerous talents to come out of Australia recently.

Photo: Marc Dawson

The young Aussie also took third at the World Cup downhill in Vancouver, but saw his season cut short at the NORBA finals in Vermont when he broke his collarbone. That injury kept him out of the world championships, where he would have been an overwhelming favorite to win the junior downhill title.

“Mick has a bright future in downhill and dual slalom,” said Haro president Jim Ford. “His energy will be an integral part of team Haro-Lee Dungarees this season.”

Hannah, who rode for Global Racing last season, joins downhiller Kirt Voreis, cross-country riders Seamus McGrath and Chris Sheppard, and team manager/dual-slalom specialist Mike King on the 2002 Haro squad.

“It is hard to find talented young riders like Mick who are strong mentally and have great bike handling skills,” King said.

Hannah, along with the rest of the Haro team, will make their 2002 debut at next March’s Sea Otter outside Monterey, California.

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