February 7, 2005 – The roster for Team Maxxis 2005 has been announced –and with three outstanding riders returning from last year, plus the addition of Mathieu Toulouse, this cycling powerhouse can expect another winning season.
– Geoff Kabush (Canada), who took first place in last year’s NORBA series cross country and short track categories, returns for 2005. 2004 was a stellar year for Kabush: the winner of the 2004 Cyclocross Canadian National Championship, he was also selected to compete on the 2004 Canadian National Team at the UCI World Championships. The Canadian team won the gold medal in the cross country team relay at this event. Kabush, who finished ninth at the 2000 Olympic Games, is also a mechanical engineer, and works closely with the Maxxis research and development team.
– Colin Bailey (U.S.A) returns for his fifth year with Team Maxxis. Like Kabush, Bailey gives crucial input to Maxxis engineers, designing the Maxxis Minion DHF and the Maxxis Ranchero. Bailey took fifth place in downhill at the 2004 UCI World Cup in Calgary, BC (Canada) and finished fourth in the downhill category at 2004’s Sea Otter Classic. This talented athlete also had many triumphant moments during last year’s NORBA series and looks forward to outstanding results in 2005.
– John Kirkcaldie (New Zealand) will also be returning for a fifth year with Team Maxxis. Always active in promoting his sport, Kirkcaldie took fourth place overall in the downhill in the 2004 NORBA series and sixth place in downhill at the 2004 UCI World Cup Race in Calgary, BC (Canada). John was also the 2004 New Zealand National Champion. One of the world’s best mountain bikers, he has a mindset which puts him at a distinct advantage in any cycling event — he’s a fierce competitor who thrives on pressure.
– Mathieu Toulouse (Canada) is the newest member of Team Maxxis. A member of the Canadian National Cycling Team since 1997, he was also on the Canadian Team for Mountain Bike and Road at the PanAm Games in 2003. Toulouse placed sixth at the final general classification of the 2004 Sea Otter Classic TT, after placing fourth at the time trial and sixth in the short track and cross country stages. He also finished in eighth place at the Tour de Okinawa UCI 1.5 Road. The multi-talented Toulouse also earned a law degree in 1999.
Maxxis welcomes the members of Team Maxxis 2005 and wishes them the best in the upcoming season.