March 11, 2008 (Philadelphia, PA) – Fuji Bicycles is proud to announce its sponsorship of Seamus McGrath, top Canadian mountain bike racer. He will be racing and training on Fuji bikes exclusively during this Olympic year. He joins Fuji teammates Austrian National XC Champion Christophe Soukup and German U23 National Champion Robert Mennen for the European World Cup circuit, as well as pro cross-country races in North America.
“We’re thrilled to have 12-time Canadian National Team member Seamus McGrath join the Fuji team,” said Karen Bliss, Fuji’s Director of Marketing. “He will help showcase the quality and innovation of our mountain bikes especially here in North America. We’ve had tremendous success with sales of Fuji mountain bikes in Europe but in the U.S. and Canada I believe we’ve been a bit underrated,” Bliss continued.
With over 15 years in the sport, McGrath’s career highlights include a ninth place finish at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, a silver and bronze medal respectively, at the 2002 and 2006 Commonwealth Games, and National Championship short track title in 2002.
McGrath will be racing on the Mt. Fuji SL hardtail and the Outland RC full-suspension models throughout the season. In addition, he will assist Fuji’s product managers by testing a new carbon hardtail prototype before it goes into full production. This yet-to-be named model is expected to be released in 2009 – it incorporates new carbon technology that is expected to be strong, lightweight and ultra-responsive.
“I am really excited to be racing on a Fuji for 2008 as they build a competitive World Cup ready bike. Along with that, they have a great team infrastructure in Europe,” said McGrath.