Team News | Marin/SR Suntour Enduro Team Announced
Marin Mountain Bikes Inc. and SR Suntour have released details of the 2015 Marin/SR Suntour Enduro team. The new team builds upon the foundation built in 2014, when both brands sponsored racers Kyle Warner, Julia Hofmann and Matt Erbentraut. Both Warner and Erbentraut return for their second season in 2015, with Warner as the reigning champion of the North American Enduro Tour and Erbentraut a top-ten series finisher.
Moving up from M-bassador status is Craig Harvey of Big Bear Lake, CA, and new to the team is Anne Galyean of Frederick, MD.
Each of the racers brings their own unique talents and personalities to the team.
Kyle, 22, of Chico, CA, started racing downhill in 2009 as a junior. Moving over to Enduro in 2012, he was immediately hooked. Currently the defending NAET champion, he hopes to have a repeat of his 2014 success. Additionally, Kyle will be racing 4-6 Enduro World Series events, Big Mountain Enduro events and the National Championships. And although Kyle is a fierce competitor, he’s also one of the most sincere, down to Earth people you’ll ever meet. His co-sponsors include Amain.com, Shimano, Smith Optics, Pearl Izumi, WTB, Deity Components, 7 Protection, Stages Cycling, Boombotix, Incrediwear, Rockwell Watches, Hammer Nutrition, TNT Athletic Performance, Renew Float Spa and Greenline Cycles.
Julia, 30, of Lichtenfels, Germany returns for her third year with Marin. She plans on racing in four of the Enduro World Series events, Trans Provence and two North American Enduro Tour events. When not competing, she can be found setting out on mountain bike-based adventure trips in her Land Rover Series 2a or Volkswagen Transporter, both converted to campers by her, and utilizing her impressive cabinet-making skills. Her co-sponsors include ION, EVOC Sports, LED Lenser, Reynolds Cycling, Schwalbe, Dirty Saddles and Five Ten Footwear.
Matt, 19, hails from our hometown of Novato, and is entering his second professional year. He recently acquired a jump bike, so look for him at the local jumps and pump track in his down time. Matt’s co-sponsors include Shimano, Pearl Izumi, Kali Protectives, WTB, Smith Optics, MRP, Gu Energy and Incrediwear.
Craig, 37, is a father of two teenagers and resides in Big Bear City, CA and has been an avid mountain biker since the mid-80s. Racing downhill from 2000 to 2011, he moved to Enduro in 2012 and finished the NAET in 2014 with a 6th place overall finish, after missing two rounds due to injury. Craig is also the founder and owner of Harvey Custom Homes. His co-sponsors include Shimano, Troy Lee Designs, WTB, Oakley, MRP and Freestyle Watches.
Anne, 29, is the team’s mad scientist and comes from a successful downhill racing background. She is currently earning her PhD in Aquatic Analytical Chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Anne’s co-sponsors include Deity Components, Troy Lee Designs, Allsport Dynamics, Fuel Clothing, Novatec, HT Components, Onza and TRP Brakes
We’re really proud of what the team achieved in 2014. Winning the NAET championship was unexpected, and we were thrilled for both Kyle, and Matt E.” said Matt VanEnkevort, CEO of Marin Bikes. “With the continued partnership and support from SR Suntour, and the addition of Julia, Anne, and Craig, we’re fielding a team deep in talent, and professionalism. These are athletes with great results, but also great attitudes.
“We are stoked and humbled to have such a great group of riders on the team, who embody our passion for riding bikes, going fast, and having fun doing it” added Dan Dacko, Sales & Marketing for SR Suntour.
The team will be competing aboard Marin Attack Trail, Mount Vision and Rift Zone frames, coupled with suspension components from SR Suntour.