After years of success, podiums and good times, the Devinci Global Racing team will not be present at the start of the 2017 season UCI DH World Cup. A difficult situation, marked by the untimely death of Steve Smith, the team’s top athlete and main engine in terms of enthusiasm and personality. Devinci Global Racing aims to come back as soon as possible, while at the same time they’ll continue in the Enduro sector, where Damien Oton and Théo Galy are achieving important results.
[Press release] November 29th 2016 – The year 2016 has been an emotional one at Cycles Devinci. The season started with great promise, as Stevie Smith was once again in the World Cup winning form after several seasons marred by injuries. Things were bright on the Enduro scene as well; Damien Oton secured the second place in the overall standings EWS. Also there was Magnus Manson’s unforgettable podium finish at the World Championships in Val Di Sole Italy.
Unfortunately, tragedy struck in early May, Stevie Smith was lost in a motorcycle accident in His hometown of Nanaimo, BC. This sad news was hard on everyone and at Devinci and also it had a major impact on riders and fans all over the world. Steve’s contribution and commitment to the Devinci brand, but most importantly to the sport, will always be remembered.
Unable to put together a team that met our expectations, we took the decision to step away from the UCI Downhill racing for 2017. It was an incredibly difficult decision to make, but we hope to return to World Cup racing in the very near future.
Our involvement in racing and the Devinci Global Racing Team has Always Been One of our top priorities. Although we are taking a short break from racing DH, Enduro our program will be going strong with Damien and Theo on the EWS circuit. Also we will continue to support many great athletes and programs around the World in all cycling disciplines in Their quest for the podium.