Thursday, February 20th, 2020
Moving into the 2020 season it’s incredible to look back on what the team has achieved. For 2020 we see the return of the triple Enduro World champion Sam Hill, the super talented and multi discipline ace Elliott Heap and Irish Enduro Champion Kelan Grant. All led by Team Manager and legend that is Mr Nigel Page.
Nukeproof are stoked too to step up our support of the Chain Reaction Cycles Team in 2020 as a title sponsor and also announce that the team will be riding and racing in the Nukeproof apparel range.
The team will use the Nukeproof Blackline and Nirvana ranges to race in this year and were using the Blackline Trail Pants and jersey at the test camp. The race kit will be launched at a later date.
For 2020 the bike package is all about refinement. After much change in 2019 and experimenting with the bikes, the team now has the super fast and dependable 2020 Mega to race on all year. A week of testing with SRAM and Mavic has the bikes dialled to a great starting point for the tough season ahead.
Nigel Page is again leading the team, his 12 in charge of the team and ready for a busy year ahead. As one of the smaller operations on the circuit its a huge credit to Nigel for putting a program in place to allow the athletes to perform to their best, as well as racing in one or two events also!
Sam Hill, since his switch to full time Enduro World Series, quite simply he has dominated. 3 full seasons and 3 consecutive male elite World Titles is unmatched. His consistent speed and experience to maintain a challenge for a full season has been incredible. Lets not mention 4 in a row, but Sam has the drive, hunger and speed to achieve what he wants. if your fortunate to witness any stage that he decides to “give it the berries” you know your watching some history in the making.
Elliott Heap will be going full multi category assault in 2020 racing in the Enduro World Series as well as the Crankworx World Tour. So using a Nukeproof Dissent “295” and Reactor 275 as well as a test mule of a Mega “295”.
For Elliott’s high expectations 2019 may not have had the U21 world title like 2018, but he still pulled some amazing stage results in his first year in the elite filed and an incredible silver medals at the 4x World Championship (on a Mega!).
Kelan Grant, 2019 brought the Irish Enduro Crown and the man was beating on the door of the EWS top 30 in the overall. He almost raced too much last year, and some R&R before an off season of some classic Northern Irish riding sees Kelan ready for another year. He’s back on his Mega 290c and after the week with SRAM, more ready than ever.
The Team will once again have Jacy Schmilak at the help of the spanners keeping the bikes dialled and always looking for the extra edge.
Roll on the first race…
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Thanks to Sram for the amazing week testing, Supernatural- Dolceaqua for a rad days riding at the end of the week too.
Photo credit: Laurence CE