The die is cast, once again the driver’s carousel stops and the first MT7 Raceline and MT8 Raceline brakes are sent. In the bike sector both, familiar and new faces, will present our comprehensive brake repertoire on the tracks worldwide. Which teams and riders that will be, check it out briefly in this story!
Specialized Racing goes on with MAGURA
Last year, the Specialized Racing Team celebrated three World Championship titles under the flag of MAGURA. Already several years ago, we bacame the new brake outfitter of the Specialized Racing Team (Cross-Country), in 2018 the Specialized Gravity and Enduro Team followed. All Riders rely on our two flagships MT7 and MT8 Raceline with HC levers, where we also respond to special requests. the cooperation eith all three teams offered not only MAGURA, but also the athletes completly new possibilities. Read more about that in our story “Tailor-made brakes for Loic Bruni”.
But even after a successful race season, changes in the team structure didn´t stay out. After years of collaboration, reigning cross-country world champion Kate Courtney and mountain bike legend Jaroslav Kulhavy bid farewell. In their place come the street world champion Anna van der Breggen, and the U23 world cross country champion Alan Hatherly. Miranda Miller is leaving the Specialized Gravity Team, which is narrowing down to reigning downhill world champion Loic Bruni and Young Gun Finn Iles. Curtis Keene and Jared Graves retire completely from the Enduro World Series and so leave the Specialized Enduro Team. In 2019, Killian Callaghan, Maxime Chapuis and Francescu-Maria Camoin, three almost unknown riders, will start with the neon yellow brakes.
Gallery (c) Michal červený/Sebastian Schieck
While the rider-wheel nearly overruns teams and athletes, it has missed Brett Tippie the last few years. Since 2016, the forefather of freeride relies on our brake repertoire. In addition to his countless successes as an MTB professional, the Canadian has become an important brand ambassador of the MAGURA brand. And matching the bright yellow MAGURA emblem, he is titled the “Director of Good Times”. As a man, full of sparkles, he guarantees everywhere, always happy mood!
Ride on with Drop’n’Roll and new family member
We welcome a new member of the MAGURA family! The Pole Kamil Kobędzowski raises trial driving to a whole new level. He describes himself as a stunt rider and these are also the first associations that come to mind when you take a closer look at his art. His movements are comparable to art cycling, similar graceful – just a bit rougher and especially on the trial bike. He shows acrobatics, that we usually know from our MAGURA Powersports riders.
With Danny MacAskill’s Drop’n’Roll Tour we go into the fourth round. In their daring tricks on the trial bike, the guys must be able to rely uncompromisingly on the braking performance. Since 2015, Danny, Fabio, Ali and Duncan trust the MAGURA MT7 Raceline. No matter where they occur, they inspire!
Initiator of the tour was bike-legend Danny MacAskill. The Scot is one of the best mountain bike riders in the world and constantly comes up with new tricks. He transforms a city into a playground for mountain bikers. Also Drop’n’Roll member Fabio Wibmer is always looking for new challenges. The Austrian is one of the most talented all-rounders on the bike. Whether with highspeed in the snow or by wheelie through his home Innsbruck. With over 2 million subscribers, he is also a real YouTube star. Together with his roommate and buddy, Elias Schwärzler, they developed the brand “Sick Series” out of their own Youtube series. Since 2016, Fabio has been one of the MAGURA riders, followed by Elias one year later.
A welcome guest in her Youtube series is Tom Oehler. The Red Bull-rider and trial world champion belongs to the absolute extra class in the bike sector. Incidentally, the Austrian even set two world records – “highest wall climb on a bicycle” (2009) and “fastest 400m hurdles on a bicycle” (2013).
Another cycling talent, that lost his heart to the Tyrolean Innsbruck, is Harald Philipp. As he writes himself, he is only “accidentally born in the middle of Germany”. His home are the mountains, that the extreme athlete explores almost exclusively on the bike. Nothing is impossible for him!
MAGURA Globetrotter biking around the world
Together with Max Schumann, Harald and Tom form a triad, that likes to explore new paths in every country. Max likes to talk about his adventures in magazines like online on “mtb-News“, Harald packs his experiences in live lectures. Until the end of May he is still on tour with his program “Pfadfinder” in Germany and Austria.
In this male domain, it is not easy to enforce. But Dorothee Fleck reached that and is not only an adventurer, but also a book author. For her, the bike is, next to leisure and sports equipment, a medium of transportation beyond national borders. Since 2015 she explores the black continent. Alone as a woman in Africa – she is not worried about that. Several trips around the world experienced her.
Concentrated Girls Power is also available with the twins Caro and Anita Gehrig. The two Swiss have been riding at the Enduro World Series for several years. They love exploring new places and be on track of mysteries. Her last project: Free Riding Iran.
Racers hunting for medals
Also the cross-country rider, Elisabeth Brandau, shows what our girls are capable of. At least in 2018, the mother of two children proved again that she is currently the fastest in the German national team of the category elite women. She is the reigning German champion in cross-country and in cyclo-cross. This year, bright-yellow will be added to her colors orange-black.
Just like the cross-country riders, the MAGURA Marathon teams are still preparing the race season. But there is not much time left. Already next week, the Absa Cape Epic begins through the desert of South Africa. Amongst others, our two teams Texpa-Simplon and Centurion Vaude will face the toughest stage race in the world. Again, there was a new transfer. Markus Kaufmann will be seen in the colors of Texpa this year. This turns teammates into tough rivals. In his former team, Jochen Käß and Daniel Geismayr are already lurking to duel with him. One thing is certain: in terms of braking, there is a tie for all three!