Katie Compton, America’s most decorated female cyclocross racer, has joined forces with a new Trek cyclocross team this season, and she’ll be backed by teammates from Trek’s U.S. CX-focused effort: The Trek Cyclocross Collective. Along with an all-star roster of female and male racers, the Trek Cyclocross Collective team will be touring local races and the United States Gran Prix Series.
August 17th Update: Trek announced that Will Black will also be racing for the Cyclocross Collective team. Will works at Mellow Johnny’s bike shop in Austin, Texas. He has been a longstanding ambassador to cycling, and the Trek family is pleased to welcome him on-board.
Read the full press release below.
(Waterloo, WI) – Today Trek Bicycle launched the Trek Cyclocross Collective, a U.S.-based ‘cross racing team headlined by eight-time US National Champion and all-around badass, Katie Compton. The three-time World Championship medalist, who began her professional racing career on Trek’s East Coast Regional Mountain Bike Team, will represent the Collective at world-level events, while a small army of popular domestic regional athletes will bring the world of Trek cyclocross to their local race series’ and the United States Gran Prix.
“I’m super excited about working with Trek. The support their Race Shop provides to athletes is unlike anything else out there. They’ve really stepped up and given me everything I need to perform,” said Compton. “I’m really particular with my equipment so having a hand in helping Trek develop products in the future is really exciting for me.”
The team will make their debut on September 22nd at the USGP race in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, just down the road from Trek’s global headquarters. Members of the ‘Cross Collective will be piloting the aluminum Trek Ion CX and carbon Cronus CX bikes as they bunnyhop barriers, manhandle mud, and keep the cowbells clanging throughout the domestic race calendar.
The move into professional CX racing also provides Trek an opportunity to gain vital athlete feedback for developing cutting-edge racing equipment. Using elite-level athlete feedback in the early stages of product development is a process piloted through the company’s Race Shop and engineering teams that has contributed to every one of Trek’s new racing designs.
The members of the Trek Cyclocross Collective are a diverse group of women and men of all ages, from all over the US: wise masters’ racers, young gun juniors, local heroes, and hip cats that bring the pain on the course and spread the fun of cycling’s most punishing discipline. In addition to Trek, the Collective is sponsored by SRAM and Honey Stinger.
The 2013 Trek Cyclocross Collective:
Katie Compton (CO)
Mark Legg (CO)
Russell Finsterwald (CO)
Tim Faia (CO)
Tom Price (KS)
Ellie Noble (MA)
Jesse Rients (MN)
Sven Bauman (MI)
Matt Tillinghast (NE)
Mark Savery (NE)
Jay Thomas (NE)
Tony Viton (OH)
Shannon Skerritt (OR)
Tamara Donnelly (WA)
Abby Strigel (WI)
Isaac Neff (WI)
Matt Shriver (WI)
Will Black (TX)