Loris Vergier, Luca Shaw Join Santa Cruz Syndicate10th JAN 2017

SANTA CRUZ CALIFORNIA during the launch of the 2017 Santa Cruz Syndicate with Greg Minnaar Luca Shaw amp Loris Vergier. Photo by Gary Perkin

If you've been paying attention to the team rumors that have been swirling this off-season, the names of the two newest members of the Santa Cruz Syndicate aren't exactly a surprise, but now it's official: Luca Shaw and Loris Vergier will be joining Greg Minnaar on the World Cup DH circuit next season.

With 19 World Cup DH race wins under his belt, Minnaar will serve as the team's mentor, imparting his wealth of racing wisdom to the duo of 20-year-olds. What about Steve Peat? He may no longer be lining up to race World Cups, but according to Santa Cruz, Peaty will "remain on hand to share two decades of knowledge on areas such as race preparation, line-spotting and bike set-up."

SANTA CRUZ CALIFORNIA during the launch of the 2017 Santa Cruz Syndicate with Greg Minnaar Luca Shaw amp Loris Vergier. Photo by Gary Perkin

SANTA CRUZ CALIFORNIA during the launch of the 2017 Santa Cruz Syndicate with Greg Minnaar Luca Shaw amp Loris Vergier. Photo by Gary Perkin

As for wrenching duties, "Doug Hatfield is now assigned to Luca’s pit corner, while Morzine local PA Roche joins the crew to handle all Loris’ race tech needs. Jason Marsh stays on as Greg’s chief bearing polisher, and team manager Kathy Sessler retains the hardest job at Santa Cruz; keeping this circus on the road, with her unique home-from-home vibe."

Josh Bryceland, aka Ratboy, mentioned his 2017 plans in a recent interview, but for those unable to decipher his thick accent, the gist of it is that he won't be on the Syndicate, but he'll still be riding for Santa Cruz, racing and riding at select events and locations around the world.

Luca and Loris are two of the most talented young athletes on the World Cup circuit right now. Having them join the Syndicate marks a whole new era for the team.

I respect the work done by previous teams to bring Luca and Loris to this point in their careers. It's only been a few weeks, but they've already slotted straight into the Syndicate in a way that feels completely natural and positive. It's going to be great seeing how they evolve from here, both as racers and individuals.
- Rob Roskopp, Team Director

Cool calm and collected. Loris Vergier has the right head for racing and won t be stressed at all about being the second to last man off tomorrow.

The Syndicate’s first UCI World Cup downhill race of the season takes place in Lourdes, France, on April 30.

The complete 2017 UCI DH calendar is:

World Cup
1. April 29-30: Lourdes, France
2. June 3-4: Fort William, Scotland
3. June 10-11: Leogang, Austria
3. July 1-2: Vallnord, Andorra
4. July 8-9: Lenzerheide, Switzerland
5. August 5-6: Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada
6. August 26-27: Val di Sole, Italy

World Championships
September 5-10: Cairns, Australia

SANTA CRUZ CALIFORNIA during the launch of the 2017 Santa Cruz Syndicate with Greg Minnaar Luca Shaw amp Loris Vergier. Photo by Gary Perkin

Follow all the team’s progress throughout the season at santacruzbicycles.com.

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