UPDATED! Racing rumours: who’s left who, who’s joined who

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New Year, new you. That’s what they say. The racing off-season has seen plenty of chops and changes. Here is the state of play as it stands.

Below is our easy-as-possible-to-follow round-up of racing moves and rumours. No expanded threadfest 50-page forum post. No slow-loading Instagram embeds. Wheat from chaff. Brass tacks. To the point.

Shout out to Vital MTB’s legendary Team Rumors thread (unlike some outlets we’re not going to pretend this isn’t a very useful post to pore over) and Instagram’s search function.

We’re going to break this down into three categories: completed moves, confirmed departures with suspected destinations, and confirmed departures with no clue as to where the blinking flip they’re going.

Completed moves:

It’ll be odd seeing Martin Maes not on a GT after so many years

Neko Mulally – departs Intense – joins, er… Frank The Welder, as a privateer (of sorts)

Martin Maes – departs GT – joins Orbea.

Tinker Juarez – departs Cannondale – joins Floyd Landis’ Leadville CDB Team (no really)

Ines Thoma – departs Canyon – continues as a privateer

Riley Amos – joins Trek Factory Racing

Gerardo Ulloa – joins Massi

Louise Ferguson – joins Nukeproof

Mona Mitterwallner – joins Cannondale Factory Racing

Barbara Benko – departs Ghost – joins Aldi’s National Buying Services (no really)

UPDATES:

Nina Hoffman – leaves Stif-support – joins Santa Cruz Syndicate as their first female racer

Laurie Greenland – leaves Mondraker – joins Santa Cruz Syndicate

Jackson Goldstone – leaves Miranda Factory DH – joins Santa Cruz Syndicate

Connor Fearon – leaves Kona – joins Forbidden (on a brand new DH bike it seems)

Confirmed departures with suspected destinations:

The Greenland joining The GOAT! Pic: Trail Creatives / Red Bull Content Pool

Luca Shaw – departs Santa Cruz Syndicate – joins Canyon?

Bex Baraona – departs Ibis – joins Yeti?

Katy Winton – departs Nukeproof – joins GT?

Angel Suarez – departs Commencal 21 – joins Mondraker?

Mille Johnset – departs Atherton Racing – joins Commencal something-or-other?

Joe Barnes – departs Orange – joins Hope?

Dakota Norton – departs YT Mob – joins Stan’s-Canyon?

Dave Trummer – departs YT Mob – joins Mondraker?

Izabela Yankova – joins Specialized?

George Brannigan – departs Propain – joins GT?

Evan Wall – departs Orbea – joins Devinci?

Confirmed departures with no clue as to where they’re going:

Matt Stuttard going from Privateer to privateer?

Joe Breeden – departs UR Team

Hayley Hunter – departs Norco

Alex Marin – departs Commencal 21

Christopher Blevins – departs Trinity Racing

Keegan Wright – departs Devinci

Matt Stuttard – departs Privateer

Oisin O’Callaghan – departs YT Mob

Guy Johnston – departs YT Mob

Carson Storch – departs Rocky Mountain

Florian Nicolai – departs Trek Factory Racing

Stephane Tempier – departs Trek Factory Racing

UPDATES:

Chloe Taylor – leaves Privateer – joins Scott?

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  • Premier Icon moonsaballoon
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    I’ve been listening to the downtime podcast with Neko Mulally where he talks about his new bike . It’s a really good listen and I hope he has a good season .

    Laurie on the syndicate is interesting , could be enough to just nudge him up to challenge those fast french guys regularly .

    Premier Icon nickc
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    It’ll be interesting to see how many racers end up with the likes of Santa Cruz and GT, and what their race programs will look like over the next couple of years. With new owners; Pon with literally endless cash, and a business model that wants to challenge the likes of Specialized and Trek’s concept stores. I reckon they could be opening up the purse strings in a very “race on Sunday, sell on Monday” way. And add that with lots of “covid-19” short term contracts ending, this could be a really mix-it up year.

    Premier Icon P-Jay
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    YT Mob seem to be sheading a lot of their riders?

    Premier Icon dirkpitt74
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    Hoping that Katy Winton gets a decent seat – she did amazing this year considering she pulled it all together at the last minute.
    Would be great to see some Women on the CRC Nukeproof team.

    I have a suspicion that Joe Breedon might be joining Atherton – can’t see Gee being back between the tapes this year.

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    YT Mob seem to be sheading a lot of their riders?

    YT Mob is no longer… YT Factory still remains, they’re separate entities.

    Premier Icon muggomagic
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    I have a suspicion that Joe Breedon might be joining Atherton – can’t see Gee being back between the tapes this year.

    Yeah I thought that too, but having just listened to Ben Cathro on the Downtime pod, I’m wondering if he might be one of the Pinkbike/Cathrovision riders.

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    I have a suspicion that Joe Breedon might be joining Atherton – can’t see Gee being back between the tapes this year.

    I was wondering if it might be Katy Winton….

    Premier Icon Sharkattack
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    I bloody love DH racing. Can’t wait for blast off.

    Premier Icon ayjaydoubleyou
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    I’m wondering if he might be one of the Pinkbike/Cathrovision riders.

    Isn’t he a bit too good for that? I thought the idea was it was a development team for people who were not-quite-there-yet in terms of WC level racing and the requisite sponsorship for it.

    In a kind of – can a full team set up, latest kit, physio, race pracitse with Ben etc push someone to the world stage. And more importantly, make a series of youtube videos about it.

    An existing pro might be a bit too good (i.e. expensive) to fit that ethos.

    Premier Icon moonsaballoon
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    According to the vital rumours thread Joe Breeden is off to Gwin’s Intense team to replace Neko .

    I wondered if Atherton might sponsor an EWS rider to promote their trail/enduro bike or maybe they feel World Cup downhill is still where they can best promote the bikes . I suppose Santa Cruz don’t have a regular <span style=”font-size: 0.8rem;”>podium contender at EWS level but still manage to sell a ton of trail/enduro bikes .</span>

    Premier Icon vinnyeh
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    Not much chance I know, but I had thought that Katy Winton going to Ibis to replace Bex Baraona would be a good fit, the stuff she puts out on social media seems a match for Ibis’ profile.

    Sad, but inevitable given the hijinks over the last while to see Tinker finally move on from Cannondale. That was a vfm sponsorship in my opinion.

    Premier Icon ayjaydoubleyou
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    That was a vfm sponsorship in my opinion.

    I’m too young/new to the sport to remember him in his prime. I didn’t know who he was until the recent antics.

    If you have been around long enough to remember him, then you remember him winning on a Cannondale, whether or not they give him money now or not.

    He does apparently do a lot of good stuff for the California regional/grass roots scene, so he may have market reach there that I am unaware of.

    Premier Icon AlexSimon
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    If you have been around long enough to remember him, then you remember him winning on a Cannondale, whether or not they give him money now or not.

    I do identify him with Cannondale, but also Klein – the paintjobs and his clothing/hair just seemed a perfect match with the era!

    I think if you were part of the 12/24h racing scene much later on you would also have known his name. He’s remained at the top of his game, it’s just that his particular game has been given less and less coverage in comparison to Olympic XC and even cyclocross.

    As vinnyeh says – the money he mentioned seemed pretty good value.

    Premier Icon sillyoldman
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    I thought Alex Marin had a ride sorted? Back on Santa Cruz frames for IJR Racing?

    Premier Icon qwerty
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    Does anyone actually know what happened between Tinker Juarez & Cannondale?

    He was with Cannondale for 27 years and doesn’t even got a mention in the Cannondale Achieve book detailing their last 50 years and the riders involved between 1971 & 2021!

    TInkers riding for Floyd Landis team now the Cannondale deals gone up in smoke, I did wonder if I was to do with higher pay, perhaps he upset Cannondale as he’s not one to beat around the bush, it’s a shame to see his Cannondale contract go to pot, made a right hash of it, perhaps once the haze clears he’ll breathe some fresh air with Floyd’s team.

    Premier Icon Tom Howard
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    I’d like to confirm that, for the 36th year running, I’ve made the decision not to ride for a factory team again this year.

    Premier Icon BoardinBob
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    Pleased to confirm that I’ll be continuing my partnership with Kettle Chips and Overtone Brewing next season

    Premier Icon razorrazoo
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    I’d like to confirm that, for the 36th year running, I’ve made the decision not to ride for a factory team again this year

    To be fair you’ve probably got access to better parts than most of the trade teams anyway, you could set up TH Niche Racing 😁

    Premier Icon nickc
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    Does anyone actually know what happened between Tinker Juarez & Cannondale?

    I only know about the ill advised Instagram that Juarez put after the event really, where he pretty much called Cannondale everything under the sun for cutting his sponsorship of $25,000 or so. Long since deleted. Sad end to his association with them.

    Premier Icon ernie
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    Top tip: Vlad Dascalu to Trek Factory Racing.

    Premier Icon wipperman95
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    I’m surprised more haven’t been announced since it’s now after 1st January; the road teams are quick off the mark to show new signings and in their kit once midnight hits.

    Seeing as Dascalu was riding with Trek-Segafredo’s pre Christmas training camp (as were Evie & Hattie), you’d expect him to end up at Trek Factory Racing.

    Premier Icon razorrazoo
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    Syndicate has posted a teaser puzzle to its insta which suggests the strongly rumoured line up of Minnaar, Greenland, Goldstone and Hoffmann.

    Premier Icon ayjaydoubleyou
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    it’s a shame to see his Cannondale contract go to pot, made a right hash of it, perhaps once the haze clears

    dont know if thats a subtle hint or just random choice of words, but supposedly “straight laced” Cannondale seem to have no issue with Brycelands recreational narcotics. Or indeed his anti-vax conspiracy crap.

    Premier Icon stevie750
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    dont know if thats a subtle hint or just random choice of words

    Tinkef rides for Floyd’s of Leadville, which sells legal CBD products such as balms, protein and gel capsules.

    Premier Icon nickc
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    and Hoffmann.

    Was hinting heavily on her insta as well

    Greenland

    saw an Insta story with an Atherton bike in it….

    Premier Icon razorrazoo
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    Greenland

    saw an Insta story with an Atherton bike in it….

    In the hands of Atherton team rider Charlie Hatton.

    Someone on the Vital MTB rumours thread had photoshopped parts of the Syndicate puzzle onto pics of Greenland and Hoffmann.  They’re deffo on SCS.

    Premier Icon nickc
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    Jackson Goldstone Nina Hoffmann and Laurie Greenland confirmed to Syndicate.

    Premier Icon weeksy
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    Is Jackson up into seniors ?

    Greenland is certainly one to watch for 2022 if he can gel with the SC.

    Premier Icon richard
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    I think Jackson is 17 so another year in Juniors. I’m pleased Nina got a factory deal with the Syndicate, thoroughly deserved.

    Premier Icon dirkpitt74
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    ernie

    Top tip: Vlad Dascalu to Trek Factory Racing

    Now confirmed.

    And Connor Fearon on Forbidden.

    Premier Icon dirkpitt74
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    @moonsaballoon

    According to the vital rumours thread Joe Breeden is off to Gwin’s Intense team to replace Neko

    Not a bad shout – wasn’t Joe previously sponsored by Intense?
    I’m sure he was riding & wearing Intense at the Welsh Enduro a couple of years back before he went to UR.

    Premier Icon ayjaydoubleyou
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    I think Jackson is 17 so another year in Juniors

    As far as I’m aware its not mandatory in world cups (although it is bizzarely for world champs) to race in your age category rather than elite.

    A few years ago there was discussion about whether Vali should move up early. She chose not to.

    I clearly know nothing of the mental stresses or other factors on elite athletes but I personally think being a consistent top 10 and podium threat in elite to be a higher accolade and more exposure on TV than winning Juniors.

    Premier Icon dirkpitt74
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    Katy Winton joins GT

    Premier Icon dirkpitt74
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    Joe Barns on Hope HB

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    🇬🇧

    Premier Icon crustycrankypants
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    fine looking bike that new Hope (the previous two have been god awful to look at) Stuttard gotta be on one of them too eh??

    Premier Icon dirkpitt74
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    David Trummer to Mondraker

    Premier Icon dirkpitt74
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    Luca Shaw joins Cnyn Cllctv and will be know as LC SHW*…….

    *I made that bit up….

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