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Dean Racing Development and Tomac Mountain Bikes are teaming up to create a gravity mountain bike race team for 2010.
The team will be lead by industry veteran Dylan Dean and quipped with Tomac’s Primer, Vanish, Snyper, Automatic and Cortez frames. In a partnership with USA Cycling, DRD also directs the Professional Gravity Tour (Pro GRT) – the nation’s gravity mountain bike race series.
“I am a big fan of gravity racing, but there are so few programs that we want to be involved in,” said Tomac’s Joel Smith. “Dylan’s team is definitely the exception and we are excited and proud to be a part of it.”
The 2010 DRD Tomac team roster includes pro riders Kieran Bennett (NZL), Robin Baloochi (USA), John Keep (USA), and junior rider Brad King (USA).
Bennett is a former New Zealand and Oceania champion. Baloochi returns to competitive mountain bike racing after a small hiatus to further his schooling. Keep won the California State championship in his first year as a professional. King will likely be a contender in the Junior category and make a strong bid for the US National junior downhill team.
“It’s a well balanced team,” said Dylan Dean. “We have experienced riders, whom I have had the privilege of working with in the past, and a couple of young talents who can be developed in the perfect environment.”
Dean said the team’s focus will be in North America, primarily the Pro Gravity Tour. Official team sponsors and supporters will be announced at a later date, he said.
The DRD Tomac team will make it’s official debut at the 2010 Sea Otter Classic, in April.