The rumour mill has been rife with team transfers in the last few weeks, and the biggest whisper was that the Atherton Racing outfit was moving on from GT Factory Racing. Below is the official announcement from Atherton's manager Gil Harris...
As you may have seen on social media this morning it’s time for us to move on and work with a new bike partner after 4 awesome years with GT.
We have loved being part of the GT family and we’ll and we’ll always be immensely proud of what we achieved together, especially our work developing both the GT Fury and the Sanction, two brilliant bikes that carried us to some great results.
During our 4 years as GT Factory Racing we took 3 Downhill World Championships, and a Junior Enduro World Championship for Martin, 3 World Cup Overalls, over 20 World Cup wins and more than 50 World Cup podiums, and we had a brilliant time doing it.
Team Director Dan Brown said “ I know I speak for all of us when I say how much we’ll miss working with the guys at GT, it’s been a hell of a ride.”
Gee: “Massive thanks to GT for a great 4 years both on and off the bike, we achieved a lot together and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more from them in the coming seasons.”
Dan Atherton said “I designed the Sanction to race and the team at GT supported me all the way. I’m stoked to have been part of the making of such a rad bike. We’ll all miss working with GT but we’re all about progressing our sport, change might be uncomfortable to think about but it’s what drives us forward, we wish the GT team the very best ”
Rach: “I just want to say a huge thank you to the company that carried me to 2 World Championships and 3 World Cup Overalls. GT opened my eyes to the women’s specific market, they designed my first ever women specific colourway and basically made me smile every time I rode my bike. Their support for all of us has been incredible and so GTbicycles will always have a special place in my heart; the memories that we created together will stay with me forever. Good luck guys.”