Aaron Gwin signs with Specialized for 2013 – and Trek World Racing are mad as hell!

When Sam Hill left Monster Energy-Specialized for CRC/Nukeproof earlier this month it left a dirty big hole to fill. And riders don’t come much bigger than all-conquering World Cup hero Aaron Gwin. Trouble is, the American had already confirmed he’d be renewing his contract with Trek World Racing for another three years. Well, it turns out Gwin’s gone ahead and signed with Spesh for 2013 anyway – and TWR are mad as hell!

Boss Martin Whiteley released a statement this morning in which he spoke of Gwin “abandoning TWR in total disregard of his contractual obligations” and said the team were “actively pursuing all options open to us at this point, including legal action”.

In a press release announcing his move, Gwin said: “I’m super-excited to start this new chapter in my career with Specialized Bicycles. The entire Specialized staff has welcomed me with open arms and I’m blown away by the level of support they’ve shown me. This is my dream program and I can’t thank them enough for this opportunity. Bring on 2013!”

Commenting on Twitter after reading Whiteley’s comments, he said: “There’s much more to the story than what’s been shared and I’m looking forward to setting that straight very soon. Thanks to my team and fans who’ve had my back in this time.”

It looks like Gwin will be sticking with Red Bull, as the Specialized press release makes no mention of Monster Energy and refers to the squad as the ‘S-Racing DH Team’. It also appears that Mitch Ropelato is now a full-time member of the team alongside Troy Brosnan, after filling in for the injured Aussie last summer. Sean Heimdal will continue to manage the squad. There’s no word yet on who’ll replace Gwin at Trek.

New teammates Troy Brosnan and Aaron Gwin - Troy says he "can't wait to work together and smash out runs!”

New teammates Troy Brosnan and Aaron Gwin - Troy says he "can't wait to work together and smash out runs!”