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New RADON-MAGURA FACTORY DH World Cup Team to be launched!


Five riders, three companies, one team – for the first time, Radon, bike dispatcher from Bonn, MAGURA, a southern German components manufacturer, and the Lenzerheide Bike Park, located in the Swiss Alps, are supporting a UCI Downhill World Cup team together. The team centers on the three riders Benny Strasser (Germany), Manuel Gruber (Austria) and Nick Beer (Switzerland). All three of them have been able to win numerous national championship titles and victories in the iXS European Downhill Cup. Lars Peyer and Carina Cappellari (both Switzerland) will complete the Radon-MAGURA Factory DH Team. They too have been competing in national championships and achieved top placements in international races.

Besides Manuel Gruber (Austrian Champion in 2013), who is promoted from the Radon Factory National DH Team, the team was able to enlist two top riders: Nick Beer (eight times Swiss Champion) and Benny Strasser (German Champion in 2011). We are especially glad that we were able to win Carina Cappellari as the only female rider for the new founded team, who placed third at last years iXS European Downhill World Cup. Lars Peyer will complete the team with a focus on team management, and in that way, continue the successful work he has been doing for the former Team SC-Intense.

All three of the teams head sponsors, Radon, MAGURA and the Lenzerheide Bike Park, are tightly connected to Downhill mountain biking.

For years now, Radon as bike manufacturer is engaging in the European DH race scene, and provides, with its for 2016 newly developed Swoop 200 27.5-inch, the centerpiece of the team. During the last season, the bike already displayed its potential when Martin Gruber on a prototype achieved a top-ten placing at the UCI MTB World Cup in Windham, USA.

MAGURA has been working with Benny Strasser for the last two years to gain additional know-how for its development of new products, as has been the case with the new MT7 brake system with four-piston calipers. With the MT7, MAGURA wants to continue the achievements of its legendary disc brake system Gustav M, and seeks to establish itself in the DH mountain biking scene.

The Lenzerheide Bike Park represents the new center of the cycling region Lenzerheide in the canton of Graubünden, Switzerland. It consists of five downhill passages, which vary in difficulty and character respectively. The STRAIGHTline, created by three times Word Cup champion Steve Peat, will set the stage for the UCI MTB World Cup in 2015, 2016 and 2017, as well as for the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in 2018.

We are looking forward to an exciting downhill season 2015, with top placements and little to no crashes, and to a great cooperation with our athletes!


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