Aaron Gwin Signs With Specialized…
Surprising but then with Sam Hill gone to CRC I guess it was inevitable that Specialized made a big signing.Posted 5 years ago
dawson – my guess is that Trek had very little say in the matter. I suspect that Specialized turned up with a cheque so large that it was unfeasible for Trek to match it. Don’t forget that in August 2012 Gwin signed for another three years with Trek:Posted 5 years ago
Greg Minaar would be a nice safe choice and some one young and faaast too.
Specialized haven’t won for a while so if they can bag half as many wins as Gwin got Trek last year it would be a start. Lets hope he gets on with the Spesh bike, but I imagine the entire race paddock thinks the complete opposite and would like the playing field leveled.Posted 5 years ago
Martin Whiteley is not a happy bunny…
“The last several weeks have been a very difficult period for our company as owners of the Trek World Racing program. Despite the fact that on August 9 of last year, Aaron Gwin signed a legally binding Letter Of Intent with our team for the next three seasons, his agent wrote an email to the team in mid-December stating he had decided to race for another bike brand. Mr Gwin confirmed his agreement with our team in public statements, and he and his agent repeatedly confirmed the existence of, and commitment to, the agreement in written correspondence with us. Yet, only weeks before the team was required to submit the official team roster to UCI, Mr Gwin informed the team that he was abandoning TWR in total disregard of his contractual obligations.
The team reached out on several occasions in December in order to try and remedy whatever concerns Mr Gwin had, but these were ignored until the team received a letter from his Attorneys on December 27 stating he would not ride for our team. In the interests of the team and our sponsors, we are actively pursuing all options open to us at this point, including legal action, and remain completely surprised by Mr Gwin’s unprofessional actions.
Team Director Martin Whiteley says: “This has not been an easy time for us. In the bigger picture however I find positivity in the fact that the Trek World Racing program will continue regardless of the outcome of this dispute, as no single rider is bigger than the team as a whole. Every rider who has been on our Downhill program has had the best years of their career with us, and we will continue to bring on talented riders. The team has a history of helping riders win who had not previously won, including Aaron Gwin. It’s our intention to continue that type of record with new talent. I would personally like to acknowledge the complete support and loyalty we’ve received from our title sponsor Trek Bikes who have been unwavering in their commitment to the program since this news broke. In the interests of the fans, we hope this matter will be resolved sooner rather than later”.Posted 5 years ago
Coyote – Member
Oh, I didn’t realise he was breaking contract. That’s a big no-no.
Obviously I want to see riders do well and get the best deal possible for the entertainment they provide but disregarding contractual agreements?
I can’t find any amount of bothered over this, happens in every other sport.Posted 5 years agomechmonkeyMember
Shame he felt the need to wait till just before their deadline to do it though. Would agree that that seems a little unprofessional. Leaving Trek a bit high and dry to find his replacement before the deadline, although am sure there will be plenty of young guys who will do well with that place. Be good to see if Brook can string together a good season, I like the way that boy rides.Posted 5 years ago
I can’t believe that people on pinkbike are selling their session 88 and some taking their demos off sale :-O do they not realise that most riders will ride for who pays them most
I know what you mean, from reading the comments on there they seem to think it’s all about which brand of fizzy pop sponsors each rider.Posted 5 years ago
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