August 28, 2015 – Red Truck – Garneau p/b Easton Cyclocross Team becomes Canada’s first purely Cyclocross pro team as well as one of the top teams in North America. By uniting riders from many different cycling communities, Red Truck – Garneau p/b Easton Cyclocross Team hopes to inspire young cross-riders as well as give Canadian cyclocross fans a team to cheer for at the biggest races in the world. The team will race a mix of international UCI races including Canadian Nationals, CrossVegas World Cup, GP Gloucester, and Providence International as well as local races to enhance the level of competition and support the growth of cyclocross in Canada.
The team will be outfitted with custom Garneau apparel, helmets, and shoes and will ride the Garneau DreamFactory Steeple XC-Elite bikes that feature a monocoque carbon fiber frame with cross-specific geometry for a short front center of gravity. The 66mm BB drop allows for added stability in fast descents while the T15 thru-axle drastically increases the carbon fork’s rigidity. The bikes will be outfitted with SRAM components featuring a 1X drivetrain. The frames will be part of the DreamFactory Custom Paint program to match the team’s custom Garneau kits, helmets, and shoes. You can check out the complete Garneau line here.
“It’s exciting to be working with athletes of this caliber. Our company has a passion for racing that extends well beyond the normal road season,” says Louis Garneau, President and Founder of Louis Garneau. “The support of the North American cyclocross racing scene will help highlight both our cross bikes as well as the custom apparel we have available for this segment of riders.”
Red Truck – Garneau p/b Easton Cycling team roster:
– Michael van den Ham – #2 Ranked rider in Canada, Current Alberta Provincial Champion (Elite Men) – Alberta
– Craig Richey – Former #1 Ranked rider in Canada, Current BC Provincial Champion (Elite Men) – British Columbia
– Raphael Gagne – 4 UCI CX Wins, Current Canadian XC National Champion (Elite Men) – Quebec
– Natasha Elliot – Former #1 Ranked rider in Canada, 14 UCI Wins (Elite Women) – Ontario
“I’m thrilled to join the Red Truck Garneau p/b Easton, most of all because I will have a team and good teammates, something I’ve never had for cyclocross before. Also, I missed cyclocross racing so much in 2014, I had no bike and no contract for cross, so being back at it after sitting out last year is even more exciting. I will have an awesome cross bike with disc brakes, something I’ve always looked forward to having and I trust this will help me capitalize on my technical skills. I’d like to thank to Red Truck Garneau for their trust and I’m looking forward to the racing season with them.” remarks rider Raphael Gagne.