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It’s been a while since Cannondale has really pushed its cross-country pedigree, not since the golden age of Volvo/Cannondale and later Vredestein/Cannondale (both of which Kashi Leuchs rode for). But it looks like that era is about to come back with Cannondale announcing their new North American XC team. Specliazed’s latest weapon, Max Plaxton, has been well and truly poached and joins Jeremiah Bishop and long-long-LONG-time pro Tinker Juarez.

“Cannondale is partnering with Team Sho-Air Inc. to launch Sho-Air/Cannondale, operating out of Southern California. The Sho-Air/Cannondale force will consist of professionals Max Plaxton, Pua Mata, Alex Grant, Jeremiah Bishop, Tinker Juarez, and Manny Prado as team support and will be Cannondale’s North American arm of its global mountain bike race category. The team will represent Cannondale’s factory mountain bike efforts in North America and will support the Cannondale Factory Racing Team during their North American World Cup appearances.”

Add these XC racers to the Over Mountain team and there is no doubt Cannondale is going to kill it in 2013!

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