The Trek Canada mountain bike racing team has announced its roster for 2016, introducing—and in many cases, re-introducing—the trail-busting riders who will compete in the squad’s colours throughout the coming season.
As in previous years, Trek Store Toronto continues its vital support.
Trek Canada’s riders will compete this year at many high-profile events, including the Hardwood Canada Cup, as well as on the more local level at the Ride for Karen, Cycle for Sight, Hardwood Wednesday Nights and Durham Thursday Nights. With a focus this season on the Tremblant, Horseshoe and Hardwood Hills Canada cups, as well as the Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec national championships, cyclists will be riding the Top-Fuel XC dual-suspension as well as the ProCaliber Hardtail.
The bikes are provided through Trek Bikes and the Trek Stories of Barrie, Toronto and Aurora in Ontario.
With the team also expected to start at Ontario Cup, US Cup and World Cup events, the stakes for the roster of 2016 are high—especially considering the early scheduling of this year’s world championships, making the importance of those Canada Cup competitions that much higher, too.
In 2016, the Trek Canada Team adds a new member to the team, Sarah Fabbro. Fabbro joins Trek Canada after having raced with the Hardwood-Trek Devo program for several years, making the 2016 season—preceded by winter training in California and North Carolina—her first as a Junior Expert competitor. Adam Morka, meanwhile, returns to the team for 2016 after an impressive year in 2015, when he turned in several top-10 finishes at the US Cups of last March. With that experience behind him, Morka also plays something of a mentorship role on the team, contributing his knowledge with other racers through coaches and clinics.
Jon Barnes also rolls out once again with Trek Canada in 2016 as a Master rider, building on a 2015 season that yielded the Hardwood-Trek Development Program coach a national title. This year, topping those results with another title win will be one of his priorities.
Peter Glassford, who wears the helmets of several disciplines ranging from cyclocross to cross-country to marathon—and is a contributor to Canadian Cycling Magazine to boot—will also have upping 2015’s ante as one of his goals, the last season having been a notably strong one. In 2015, he claimed a seventh place finish at the Elite Nationals and finished the provincial championships just shy of his second title. The Transylvania Epic Stage race was another highlight, the experience something that the Elite veteran shares with others by offering coaching at events and on the trails.
Another veteran, having raced with Trek Canada for several years, is Mitch Bailey—another product of the Hardwood Development program—who returns this year as an Elite, racing at the US Cups, Canada Cups and national championships.
Competing for his second consecutive season with the team, finally, is Tyler Orshel, who raced last year as a Junior Expert and claimed the Ontario provincial championship as well as several top-5 finishes.
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2016 Trek Canada Mountain Bike Racing Team
- Mitch Bailey: Elite
- Jon Barnes: Master
- Sarah Fabbro: Junior
- Peter Glassford: Elite
- Soren Meeuwisse: Espoir
- Tyler Orschel: Junior