Manon Carpenter to leave Team Madison/Saracen

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To many fans, Manon Carpenter IS Madison/Saracen and vice versa. The former Junior and World Champion has been with the brand for six years, since her days as a promising junior racer. But time moves on and it appears that Manon fancies a change. In announcements yesterday from both Manon and Saracen, the announcement came that she’ll be leaving the team at the end of this year. Where she’s going to, she hasn’t said, but we’re sure we join the rest of the mountain bike world as we wish her well in her endeavours.

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Junior World Champ and then Senior World Champ. Not a bad progression.

Manon said on her Facebook page; “I spent the past 6 years racing with Madison Saracen, from Junior to Elite, and some amazing times have been had. It’s been great to be a part of the team for so long and I’m very grateful for all the opportunities. So thank you! For me it will be a new team for the new year”

Manon at Fort Wiliam
Manon at Fort William this year

There’s a great look at Manon’s career so far on the Saracen web page.

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Jumping through the Scotland arch this year to huge cheers

Chipps

Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

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