A place where Irish hospitality meets a passion for providing opportunities for riders to perform, welcome to Continental Nukeproof Factory Racing
- Press Release From Continental-Nukeproof Factory Racing
It’s easy to tell tales of underdogs and a “wee family team from Ireland”, but this would be selling the team short. What started as an idea to support two of Ireland's hottest riding prospects, has evolved into a full-fledged Factory Team with a list of sponsors that are amongst the finest in the world. Headline sponsor Continental Tires came in behind the team from its inception with their illustrious tire range and are continuing their support for the foreseeable future. Nukeproof Bikes accompany this title partnership and continue to work closely with the team having supported the team from the beginning. In 2023 the team decided to bring an equilibrium to Continental Nukeproof Factory Racing by introducing two elite female riders to the mix to join Ronan and Chris for the incoming season.
“2022 was an epic year. Ronan’s podium at Snowshoe was an unforgettable moment and we’re confident that it won’t be long until Continental Nukeproof Factory Racing is on the podium again. We can’t wait to continue to be part of the team’s story and give them the confidence they need to push their limits on the bike, and particularly excited to welcome some incredible talent to Continental Nukeproof family”
- Oliver Anhuth, Global Head of Marketing, Specialty Tires Two Wheels, Continental Tires
The wildest and hottest prospect to emerge out of the 2022 race season. Ronan is a riders-rider, often the champion of practice in the past, 2022 saw him pull that together with his huge 4th place and podium for the team in Snowshoe, backed up by consistent top 20 finishes, The Irish National Title and a 4th at Red Bull Hardline. He’s loose, wild and dam right fast.
You’ve got to have serious talent to finish 3rd place in the overall World Cup rankings, Veronika has just that. She has been a consistent contender to the World Cup podium for the past 5 years. With added fuel to the fire for 2023; new team and new support there is a new level of motivation to be challenging the top of the time sheets. We look forward to seeing what is possible for the multiple Italian National Champion.
Louise Anna Ferguson:
What a year it was for the young Scottish ace. Sending lines in the desert at Red Bull Formation, racing EWS, multiple victories on the Crankworx World Tour and an incredible podium at the Leogang Downhill World Cup. Not bad in your first season of international racing. She’s moving across to the Continental- Nukeproof Factory Racing to enjoy a full assault on the Downhill World Cup Series with the team fully behind her.
Chris has won Irish National and international races and no stranger to racing. He has all the ingredients to compete at the top. Now entering his 3rd year as an elite Chris brings a whole load of stoke and a bag of skills to the team.
“We’re here to make sure all the team get the best products before the race, starting with the suspension and tools for the techs, during the season, working on the SRAM race truck, who will give the team support for tuning suspensions, tips, and advice for the athletes and the techs!”
- Maxime Muratet, SRAM MTB Race Technician
Assistant Team Manager
There are some additional crew coming on board behind the riders. Supporting this mayhem will be Harry Molloy. A World Cup racer, he has the experience to support the riders track side and enough of a level head to get them all to and from the races. Having previously run many teams, Harry has joined the team as Assistant Manager and is very well placed to handle anything a racing team needs and comes up against.
Mechanics - Peter Jones, Joey O’Neil and Jack Chapman
Not only are the mechanics talented at wheeling the spanners, but they are also semi-professional guidance counselors to the riders. From ensuring the bikes are always perfect (despite the rides best attempts to destroy them) through to the last words before riders drop into the runs of their life, this bunch of merry folk are the core of the team. They are also most likely to create mischief and mayhem when the work is done. Thrown into the mix this year is Jack Chapman a very familiar face on the scene. The excitement of the team collaboration for the incoming season with SRAM/Rockshox brings a whole new energy into the mix.
“Mark and Jennifer have dedicated a huge amount into creating something very special with this team. Nukeproof are proud of the partnership we have formed over the past 10 years. The evolution from providing opportunities for local Irish riders at grass roots races to now be competing with them at the elite level of Downhill is a bit of a fairy tale. But the philosophy and attitude behind the team is still the same. 2023 looks set to be a fun year with an amazing roster of sponsors and personnel providing more support for the sensational rider line up. We can’t wait for the season to kick off."
- Rob Sherratt, Global Marketing Manager
Still wondering why you should follow the team, support the riders and get stoked that this team exists? Head to any World Cup, listen out for the noise and pop your head into the pits. Mark will have a malted beverage in your hand, and you’ll be leaving in the early hours with a new group of friends and some wild stories.
Welcome to Continental Nukeproof Factory Racing, a serious talented team, with some good ol’ fashion Irish craic.
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