By VeloNews Interactive
A listing of product sponsors for the newly-formed Global Racing downhill team includes one stand-out surprise: Missy Giove and Co. will ride Orange downhill rigs. Until now, the British bike manufacturer Orange hasn’t had much visibility on the World Cup circuit, though one of its biggest success stories — South African Greg Minnaar, who was ninth overall in the 2000 World Cup — is one of the riders on the Global team.
“After seeing Greg Minnaar’s excellent performances in 2000, we sent our head mechanic Patrick Griessen to make an evaluation of the Orange program, and he was extremely impressed,” said Global team director Martin Whiteley.
Whiteley added that Giove will be instrumental in the design of the team’s 2001 race bikes. The team will ride RockShox suspension, Michelin tires and Shimano components.
Also announced Friday by Global was the acquisition of Damian Grundy as the team’s senior coaching consultant. Grundy, a coach with the Australian Institute of Sport, has been the coach of cross-country stars Cadel Evans and Mary Grigson. British coach Rolf Woodward will be the team’s assistant coach.