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Trek World Racing has confirmed that 16-year-old American Neko Mulally will be joining the team for a full World Cup program in 2010.
Despite being too young at 16 years old to race World Cups, Mulally had an impressive 2009 season. He was the course fore-runner at the Mont-Sainte-Anne and Bromont World Cups. The Reading, Pennsylvania resident also dominated East Coast racing, winning the Pro Gravity Tour overall.
Mulally finished in fifth place at Crankworx in the Canadian Open downhill, only a few seconds behind established World Cup top 10 pros. He also had a fourth in the dual slalom at Crankworx.
In addition to the World Cup circuit, Mulally will race other key events throughout 2010. He will be joining gravity team mates Tracy Moseley (GBR), Justin Leov (NZL) and Andrew Neethling (RSA) racing the Session 88. His first race for the team will be in Vigo, Spain, at the end of March.
“I’m so excited to get my first full pro tour of the World Cup circuit confirmed,” Mulally said in a release from Trek. “Like any junior in my position, I will be hoping to do really well in the Junior World Cup standings, and win a medal for the U.S. at the World Championships at Mont-Sainte-Anne on a course I really like. I can’t wait for the season to start!”
Team Director Martin Whiteley said that adding Mulally to the Trek World Racing team makes sense.
“He has the right attitude, is a committed athlete who takes his training very seriously, and has a head that is far wiser than his years,” Whiteley said. “He will fit in perfectly and we are confident we can support him in reaching his goals.”
Whiteley said that next year the team will have seven riders in total, with our four downhill riders, Mathias and Lukas Flueckiger in cross-country and a third cross-coutnry rider who will be announced soon.
Trek MTB Brand Manager Michael Browne said Mulally’s talents are something for all youth to look up to.
“And having a rider from yet another continent truly adds to the global scope of this program,” he said.
Check out a recent on-line audio interview with Mulally.