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Raphaël Gagné to Switch Teams – Announcement Expected Jan. 30

by John Symon
Raphael Gagne wins the Elite Men's MTB title  ©  Gimmy DesbiensRaphael Gagne  ©  Gimmy Desbiens
January 29, 2016 (Quebec City, QC) – Mountain biker Raphaël Gagné is expected to announce on Jan. 30 that he will be riding for a new team in 2016 according to his Facebook page. Gagné, the Canadian MTB and CX champion, who won gold at the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games, has been wearing a Rocky Mountain Bicycles jersey since 2006 when he was a promising U-23 development racer. In 2015 he also won the 2015US Cup Series overall.

Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing)  and Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain) with their US Cup leaders’ belts and jerseys on the podium  ©  Ridebiker Alliance

“I would like to send a HUGE thanks to Rocky Mountain. I’ve been racing with them for the last ten years from development level in 2006 as a U-23 to high international performance in 2015; it’s been awesome to race for Rocky Mountain. I will race for a new team in 2016 and this is quite exciting, stay tuned as I will announce this on Saturday.”

Gagne  ©  Pasquale Stalteri

He also personally thanked Rocky’s parent company Procycle, its owners the Dutil family, his mechanics: Jean-Francois Gelinas Bike and Jerome Sanfacon, as well as teammates and friends Andréane Lanther-Nadeau, Jérémy Martin and to the great gang at Lessard Bicycles and their head mechanic Remi-Claude Pelletier for maintaining his bikes.

Gagne wins Pan Am MTB gold  ©  Peter Kraiker

Earlier this month, Gagné was voted Best Overall Cyclist (Male or Female) and Best Overall Senior/U23 Male Cyclist for Pedal’s 2015 Annual Cycling Awards – click here. Rocky Mountain issued a statement on its website to say “farewell” to Gagné. Stay tuned to Pedal for further developments!

Raphael Gagné on FB here
Farewell to Raph on Rocky Mountain website here.

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