Written by Alan Starrett Monday, 18 September 2006 20:00
"We're quite excited for the season," said Chris Warrick, Maxxis' bicycle sponsorship coordinator. "We've established an all-star team and we're psyched to be working with Van Dessel."
Kabush earns distinction as the most noted rider on the team thanks to his many top five results in mountain bike racing. Toulouse, a 'cross veteran, has been patiently waiting for his turn to strike it big. Thomas is new to the Maxxis family but given her results from the previous season: 4th at U.S. Cyclocross Nationals and 5th overall in the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross, she will be a force to be reckoned with. McGrath takes a break from being the team mechanic to race U23s and will hopefully earn another spot on the U.S. National Cyclocross team.
Team Maxxis will be waging a complete North American campaign this season with all four riders competing in the Crank Brothers U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross. Kabush and Toulouse will compete for the Maple Leaf jersey at the Canadian Nationals in Nanaimo, BC in November, while Thomas and McGrath will go for the Stars-and-Stripes at the U.S. Nationals in Providence, RI in December. The full racing schedule will test not only the riders, but their equipment as well.
"The conditions at a 'cross race can be challenging and you need a bike that is going to be ready for those challenges," explained Kabush. "You can tell that a 'cross bike like Van Dessel's Gin & Trombones has been designed by racers. It has the great mud clearance for nasty days, strength where you need it for stability and abuse, and a beautiful carbon rear end that allows you to keep it smooth on those dry, fast and bumpy days. All I need to do is show up at the race with my Van Dessel, put on some clothes, and check my tire pressure for the conditions."
The Van Dessel Gin and Trombones is a race-inspired 'cross frame designed with input from American 'cross expert, Adam Myerson. With an aluminum main triangle and carbon seat stays, the G&T features Euro-styled geometries and massive amounts of mud clearance. New for this season, the team replica orange finish simply cannot be missed on 'cross courses, country roads, or city streets. Prices are $799 for frame/fork/headset; $1,999 for a Shimano 105 Pro Build; $2,299 for a Shimano Ultegra Pro Build; $2,999 for a Shimano Dura-Ace Build; and $4,499 for Geoff Kabush's Team Maxxis Replica.
Paired with Maxxis' new Raze all-condition 'cross tire, the Gin and Trombones should provide Team Maxxis with the perfect platform to launch a pursuit of victory in any condition that Mother Nature flings their way.
Ride inspired since 2000, Van Dessel Cycles is dedicated to maximizing performance, function, and dependability in every Van Dessel bike. Van Dessel's 2007 line of bikes debuts at www.vandesselsports.com and features the carbon Solstice road bike, the ultra-light aerodynamic TT/Tri Project WR, the brand new Jersey Devil mountain bikes and the single-speed Country Road Bob. Determined to build up the sport from its grassroots, Van Dessel believes in promoting cycling through talented, results-oriented athletes. Look for Van Dessel Cycles beneath teams like Maxxis, Louis Garneau, Colavita New England, UC Davis and the Iraq Junior National Team. To see Van Dessel bikes up close, visit Van Dessel at Interbike, booth #604 or find a dealer at Vandesselsports.com.
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