Trek World Racing to discontinue XC program, focus on gravity for 2013

Trek World Racing will end its XC program in 2013, but in doing so will shift its full attention to gravity, spearheaded by Aaron Gwin

With American Aaron Gwin extending his contract with Trek World Racing for three years, the team has announced that from 2013 onward it will focus on gravity racing.

Gwin, a former motocross rider and the only male downhiller to win five World Cup races in a single season (in 2011), is currently the team’s only confirmed gravity signing; however, the squad said in a press release on Tuesday that it expects to announce the remainder of its four-man roster before the end of the calendar year. In 2011, Gwin became the first American to win the World Cup overall for men’s downhill, which he repeated in 2012, and was the first American to win a downhill World Cup title since Missy Giove in 1997.

The team’s cross-country program, comprised of Lukas and Mathias Flückiger and Anton Cooper, will stop at the end of this season. Over the past four years, the team has focused its cross-country efforts on World Cups and on the world championships.

Indeed, the Flückiger brothers finished second and third in the cross-country at the worlds in Saalfelden, Austria, in early September, and Cooper took the world junior title that same weekend.

“With two world championships… a World Cup title, three World Cup race wins and 23 World Cup podiums, we are very happy with our record,” said team director Martin Whiteley. “We certainly wish our current riders all the best for the continuation of their brilliant careers.”

With the team’s shift in focus to gravity racing, Trek will run its own cross-country factory team in 2013, managed by Subaru-Trek director Jon Rourke.