Throwing their weight behind some of the youngest racers on the mountain, RockShox and Trek are proud to announce the RockShox Trek Race Team, showcasing a roster of gravity-focused racers all under the age of 21.
“We’re super excited to take the foundation of this team to the next level by adding new resources and increasing our commitment to winning.” — David Zimberoff, SRAM VP of Marketing.
The team includes two-time UCI Junior Downhill World Champion and World Cup Overall winner Vali Höll, up-and-coming Scottish shredder Jamie Edmondson, twice-crowned Canadian National Junior Downhill Champion Ethan Shandro, and the fastest kid in Whistler Mountain Bike Park, 15-year-old Tegan Cruz.
“Trek is thrilled to partner with RockShox and welcome Vali, Jamie, Tegan, and Ethan onto this exciting new team. These riders will be an important part of the Trek family as they help usher in the next generation of World Cup contenders. We can’t wait to see what they do in the season to come. Bring on 2021!” — Tim Vanderjeugd, Trek Bicycle Director of Sports Marketing
Höll and Edmondson will focus on the UCI DH World Cup calendar this season. In addition, the team will fit in Crankworx events along with select Enduro World Series races.
VALENTINA (VALI) HÖLL
DOB: December 11, 2001
HOMETOWN: Saalbach, Austria
Höll began racing downhill against the boys as an 11-year-old in Saalbach, Austria, and was told she wouldn’t win…until she did. She kept winning again-and-again, until Höll stood on top of the podium as the 2018 UCI Junior Downhill World Champion. She stood there again after an undefeated season in 2019. This two-time World Cup Overall-winning prodigy is full of optimism and grit heading into her first, full season as an elite. Look for this Austrian force of nature on 2021 podiums worldwide.
“TO STEP UP AND BECOME MORE PROFESSIONAL WITH RACING, I KNEW I HAD TO SWITCH SOMETHING. I’VE ALWAYS BEEN ON MY OWN SO HAVING MENTORS LIKE TRACY MOSELEY AND ANDREW SHANDRO IS PRETTY COOL, ALONG WITH A BIGGER PLATFORM AND MORE PEOPLE TO RIDE AND TRAIN WITH.”