January 27, 2006 – If you haven’t heard the name “JD Swanguen” now, don’t worry, you will sooner or later. The 16-year-old junior expert downhill racer is known to many in the Southern California downhill race scene as “that really fast kid”. Having raced relatively unsupported for the past several years, Haro Bikes has stepped up to be JD’s official frame sponsor for the 2006 season. He will compete at local, regional, and select NMBS downhill and 4X events as well as invitational MTB skatepark/dirt jump contests. As one of the top junior expert racers in the country, he is poised to earn a nomination to the Junior World Championships in New Zealand later this year.
JD’s 2005 highlights include 3rd place finishes in both downhill and 4X at the US National Championship, podium finishes at Sea Otter, NMBS Deer Valley, and NMBS Brian Head. He also earned a 7th place finish at the pro invitational “Banger in the Hangar” event at Woodward West against about 30 of the best MTB park riders.
“I want to start off by saying how ecstatic I am to be riding for a company like Haro!” says Swanguen. “I think that this partnership will lead me to big opportunities these coming years. I already can’t believe the kind of help Haro has given me within the first month of signing my contract. I would like to thank everyone at Haro for reaching out to me and I hope we can get some big podium finishes this year!”
JD joins Haro team mates Cameron Zink, Cody Warren, and Eric Porter to round out the 2006 MTB roster. Watch for all four Haro riders to compete together at the 3Ride pro invitational event at Ray’s MTB Indoor Park February 3-5.