2013 World Cup teams – who’s riding what

Now it’s finally been revealed who’ll replace Aaron Gwin on Trek World Racing – Brook MacDonald, George Brannigan and Greg Williamson (hey, it is a pretty big hole to fill, after all) – we figured it was about time for a round-up of all the latest Downhill World Cup team news. Here’s how things currently look for 2013, along with some spy shots of the new bikes – we’ll update this article as more info comes in.

UCI Elite teams

Commencal

Team name: Commencal Riding Addiction
New arrivals: Rémi Thirion (France)
Departures: None
Continuing team members: Myriam Nicole (France), Gaëtan Ruffin (France), Thibaut Ruffin (France)
Bike: Commencal Supreme DH V3

Looks like Remi Thirion is going to fit right in at Commencal Riding Addiction! Source: Facebook.com/commencal

Looks like Remi Thirion is going to fit right in at Commencal Riding Addiction! Source: Facebook.com/commencal

Devinci

Team nameDevinci Global Racing
New arrivals: Mark Wallace (Canada)
Departures: George Brannigan (New Zealand)
Continuing team members: Stevie Smith (Canada), Nick Beer (Switzerland), Gianluca Vernassa (Italy)
Bike: Devinci Wilson Carbon

Back in black – Stevie Smith's got a new paintjob for 2013. Source: Twitter.com/stevesmithDH

Back in black – Stevie Smith’s got a new paintjob for 2013. Source: Twitter.com/stevesmithDH

Ghost

Team name: RRP Ghost
New arrivals: Petra Bernhard (Austria), Johann Potgieter (South Africa), David Trummer (Austria)
Departures: TBC
Continuing team members: Johannes Fischbach (Germany)
Bike: Ghost DH 9000

Giant

Team name: Giant Factory Off-Road Team
New arrivals: Marcelo Guttierrez
Departures: None
Continuing team members: Danny Hart (UK), Andrew Neethling (South Africa)
Bike: Giant Glory

Danny's Glory is ready for battle. What's with those mismatched grips? Source: Instagram.com/dannyhart1

Danny’s Glory is ready for battle. What’s with those mismatched grips? Source: Instagram.com/dannyhart1

GT

Team name: GT Factory Racing
New arrivals: Taylor Vernon (UK), Martin Maes (Belgium)
Departures: None
Continuing team members: Dan Atherton (UK), Gee Atherton (UK), Rachel Atherton (UK), Marc Beaumont (UK)
Bike: GT Fury

Read our story about the 2013 team here.

Taylor's already shown us what he's capable of on his GT Fury, in the final episode of Four by Three. Source: Twitter.com/TaylorVernon67

Taylor’s already shown what he’s capable of on his GT Fury. Source: Twitter.com/TaylorVernon67

Intense

Team name: SC-Intense
New arrivals: Lewis Buchanan (UK), Joe Connell (UK)
Departures: Joshua Button (Australia), Florent Payet (France), Roman Roschi (Switzerland), Faustin Figaret (France)
Continuing team members: Miriam Ruchti (Switzerland), Lars Peyer (Switzerland), Joel Andrey (Switzerland)
Bike: Intense M9 FRO

The Suspension Center team are planning to run 650b wheels on their Intense M9s this year. Source: Facebook.com/intensecycles

The Suspension Center team are planning to run 650b wheels this year. Source: Facebook.com/intensecycles

Lapierre

Team name: Lapierre International
New arrivals: Emmeline Ragot (France)
Departures: Cam Cole (New Zealand)
Continuing team members: Sam Blenkinsop (New Zealand), Loic Bruni (France), Loris Vergier (France)
Bike: Lapierre DH Team

Read our story about the 2013 team here and then watch Loic in action below:

Source: 100% Loic Bruni – Stepping up to the Pro ranks from 100%

Mondraker

Team name: MS Mondraker
New arrivals: Morgane Charre (France), Innes Graham (UK)
Departures: Emmeline Ragot (France), Brook MacDonald (New Zealand)
Continuing team members: Damien Spagnolo (France), Markus Pekoll (Austria)
Bike: Mondraker Summum

Nukeproof

Team name: CRC/Nukeproof
New arrivals: Sam Hill (Australia)
Departures: Matti Lehikoinen (Finland), Alex Bond (UK), Lewis Buchanan (UK)
Continuing team members: Matt Simmonds (UK), Joe Smith (UK)
Bike: Nukeproof Pulse

Catch up with the latest on Sam Hill’s new team and bike here.

Sam Hill's Nukeproof Pulse has already taken him to first place at the first Aussie national. Source: Instagram.com/samhill13

Sam’s Nukeproof Pulse has already taken him to first place at the first Aussie national. Source: Instagram.com/samhill13

Polygon

Team name: Hutchinson UR
New arrivals: Holly Feniak (Canada)
Departures: Tim Bentley (South Africa)
Continuing team members: Mick Hannah (Australia), Tracey Hannah (Australia), Fabien Cousinié (France), Guillaume Cauvin (France)
Bike: Polygon DHX

Santa Cruz

Team name: Santa Cruz Syndicate
New arrivals: None
Departures: None
Continuing team members: Greg Minnaar (South Africa), Steve Peat (UK), Josh Bryceland (UK)
Bike: Santa Cruz V10c

Saracen

Team name: Madison-Saracen
New arrivals: Sam Dale (UK)
Departures: Josh Lowe (UK), Will Weston (UK)
Continuing team members: Manon Carpenter (UK), Harry Molloy (UK), Phil Atwill (UK), Jack Geoghegan (UK)
Bike: Saracen Myst

Sam Dale with his new steed. Saracen designer Simon Wild tells us the frame is ready for 650b wheels. Source: Saracen.co.uk/blog

Sam Dale with his new steed. Saracen tell us the frame is ready for 650b wheels. Source: Saracen.co.uk/blog

Scott

Team name: Gstaad-Scott
New arrivals: Patrick Thome (France)
Departures: Romain Paulhan (France)? TBC.
Continuing team members: Brendan Fairclough (UK), Noel Niederburger (Switzerland), Floriane Pugin (France), Emilie Siegenthaler (Switzerland)
Bike: Scott Gambler

If your new sponsor is an Alpine resort, it'd be rude not to check out the slopes! Source: Scott

If your new sponsor is an Alpine resort, it’d be rude not to check out the slopes! Source: Scott

Specialized

Team name: TBC. Last press release called it the ‘S-Racing DH Team’
New arrivals: Aaron Gwin (USA), Mitch Ropelato (USA, previously stood in for an injured Troy Brosnan but wasn’t an official factory team rider)
Departures: Sam Hill (Australia)
Continuing team members: Troy Brosnan (Australia)
Bike: Specialized Carbon Demo 8

Read our story about the 2013 team here.

Trek

Team name: Trek World Racing
New arrivals: Brook MacDonald (New Zealand), George Brannigan (New Zealand), Greg Williamson (UK)
Departures: Aaron Gwin (USA)
Continuing team members: Neko Mulally (USA), Justin Leov (New Zealand)
Bike: Trek Session 9.9

We're expecting big things from Brook MacDonald on his new ride. Source: Instagram.com/brookmacdonald6

We’re expecting big things from Brook MacDonald on his new ride. Source: Instagram.com/brookmacdonald6

Other teams

BULLS

Team name: Team BULLS
New arrivals: Wyn Masters (New Zealand), Christian Textor (Germany), Tommy Herrmann (Germany)
Departures: None
Continuing team members: None
Bike: TBC

Kona

Team name: Kona Factory Team
New arrivals: None announced yet
Departures: None announced yet
Continuing team members: Mitch Delfs, Connor Fearon
Bike: Kona Operator

Labyrinth

Team name: Labyrinth Shimano
New arrivals: None announced yet
Departures: Rémi Thirion (France), Sabrina Jonnier (France, retiring)
Continuing team members: William Balaud (France), Antonin Gourgin (France)
Bike: Labyrinth Minotaur

Pivot

Team name: Pivot Cycles Factory DH Team
New arrivals: Bernard Kerr (previously rode for Pivot Cycles UK, not the factory team), Austin Warren (USA) – plus Bard Kerr (UK) for 4X
Departures: Luke Strobel (USA), Kyle Sangers (Canada)
Continuing team members: None
Bike: Pivot Phoenix DH

Unior

Team name: Unior Tools Team
New arrivals: Ruaridh Cunningham (UK), Jure Žabjek (Slovenia)
Departures: Harry Heath (UK), Maria Michalogiannaki (Greece)
Continuing team members: Jess Stone (UK), Žiga Pandur (Slovenia), Nejc Rutar (Slovenia)
Bike: Trek Session 9.9

Ruaridh seems pretty chuffed about his new deal! Source: Unior Tools

Ruaridh seems pretty chuffed about his new deal! Source: Unior Tools

Yeti

Team name: Yeti Fox Shox Factory Race Team
New arrivals: Cam Cole (New Zealand)
Departures: Eliot Jackson (USA, retiring due to health issues)
Continuing team members: Jared Graves (USA), Richie Rude (USA)
Bike: Yeti 303 WC

Read our story about the 2013 team here.

Cam Cole's new Yeti is looking sweet. Source: Instagram.com/camcolemtb

Cam Cole’s new Yeti is looking sweet. Source: Instagram.com/camcolemtb