SHOAIR XC MTB Team
Lea Davison and Savilia Blunk | Sho-Air TWENTY20 announces the signings of Olympian and two-time World Championship medalist Lea Davison and U23 USA National Champion Savilia Blunk to the program mountain bike division. Sho-Air TWENTY20 has for many years housed talent in the mountain bike, gravel and adventure sectors. Davison and Blunk signings aligns with the recent announcement of the strengthened partnership with Sho-Air International who has been instrumental in building the mountain bike race calendar in the U.S. The riders will be on FELT frames with Praxis Carbon C32 wheels and LYFT cranks with WaveTech rings.
Marc Pro Cycling Team
Team Herbalife presented by Marc Pro – Nature’s Bakery is a team of dedicated cyclists brought together to pursue racing, epic rides, cycling advocacy, friendship, and teamwork. Many come from diverse athletic backgrounds, but one thing they have in common is aspring for greatness in all endeavors. Whether it be in community, in sport, the workplace, or a bad joke; they strive to take everything to the next level. Their focus is the growth and success of their USA Cycling registered Domestic Elite road racing team consisting of 16 fully supported Pro/1 racers. The team competes at some of the biggest races in the US against national and international competition, in addition to maintaining a strong presence at the regional NorCal level. Current racers include Jacob Albrecht, Blake Anton, Sam Bassetti, Sam Boardman, Matt Chatlaong, Dave Christenson, Matthew Tracy Cook, Nate Freed, Chris Harland-Dunaway, Justin Mauch, Ryan Moore, Willie Myers, Jonathan Penaloza, Torey Philipp, Justin Rossi and Nick Schaffner.
Team TIBCO-Silicon Valley Bank is the longest running professional women’s cycling team in North America. Since 2004, the team’s mission has been to help aspiring female cyclists achieve their dreams of becoming top International competitors. The team has had numerous riders named to Olympic and World Championship squads and has produced several national champions. Current racers include Lex Albrecht, Nicolle Bruderer, Kate Buss, Ingrid Drexel, Kendall Ryan and Jennifer Tetrick.
GU brand ambassador, cancer-fighter and pro gravel-racing warrior Yuri Hauswald learned to love the outdoors growing up on a farm in Petaluma, California. He discovered the joys of mountain biking after a successful athletic career at UC Berkeley where he played lacrosse and earned a degree in English Literature. Entering the workforce, he spent 11 years as an elementary school teacher and then taught English at a prep school in Pennsylvania before deciding to turn pro cyclist at age 36. Now with wins in the 24-Hour 4-Man Team Nationals, the Solo 24-Hours of Adrenaline and the Dirty Kanza 200 gravel race, Yuri is having the time of his life on two wheels. When he’s not pedaling, he’s helping GU achieve world energy fuel domination, raising awareness about and fighting cancer and writing and blogging to share the love.
Helene Valerie Fruhwirth
One December day in 1995, Helene Valerie Fruhwirth was out walking her puppy Apollo when she happened upon some riders jumping and racing down an MTB dual course near her house – and as they say, the rest is history. Helene soon had a Cannondale hardtail and was in pursuit of her dreams for mountain bike glory. Dedicated to DH, Enduro and 4X, she achieved one of her biggest goals in 2017 taking the bronze medal at the Four Cross UCI World Championship in Val di Sole Trentino, Italy. Born in Vienna, Austria and now living in Niederösterreich, Helene owns and coaches at the Vienna Sports Academy. She has degrees from Vienna Universtiy in Sports Management and Sports Science and greatly enjoys helping others reach their goals, too.
Hailing from La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, now living in Biel and riding for the Giant Liv team, Camille Balanche is a rider to watch rapidly moving up the Enduro ranks. With an amazing athletic background including a Junior Championship in fencing, a World Championship with the U18 women’s national ice-hockey team and now twice the Swiss Mountain Bike and Enduro National Champion, Camille is set to take the Enduro world by storm. And with her master’s degree in sports science, when she’s not training and traveling the world racing, she’s sharing her passion and knowledge with future generations of athletes as a sports teacher and trainer.
Anita & Caro Gehrig
For twins Anita and Caro Gehrig, mountain biking is happiness. In their own words, “The endless search for the perfect trail has already taken us around the world. We’ve explored beautiful places, ridden trails beyond imagination and often been pushed beyond our limits. Mountain biking is not just racing to us, it’s our way of life. It’s what we love! Since the beginning of our careers, we have been taking part in various disciplines. From World Cup-level DH and 4X to mass-start races and now Enduro. Without doubt the format that suits us best is Enduro. The variety of races pushes us to adapt to new trails, terrain and even cultures for every event. Our aim for the top step of the podium is a constant source of encouragement, forcing us to train hard to reach our goals. The Enduro World Series provides a playing field to compete against some of the best atheltes in the world.”