World Champion Kate Courtney (USA) and European Champion Lars Forster (SUI) are the new additions to the SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing team. The SCOTT-SRAM MTB Racing team is planning its future towards the next Olympics with these significant changes.
Both Kate Courtney and Lars Forster, noted by SCOTT as ‘two extraordinary athletes’, join the team. Two riders remain from the past years, Olympic and World Champion Nino Schurter as well as Andri Frischknecht. While, Matthias Stirnemann (SUI) and Michiel van der Heijden (NED) will leave the team.
“I am very excited to join the SCOTT-SRAM Team,” said Kate Courtney. “This team represents an incredible opportunity for me to work with the legendary Thomas Frischknecht and ride alongside talented teammates, notably current Men’s World Champion Nino Schurter. The team has a very unique atmosphere which both maintains a champion standard and continues to breed enthusiasm and love for the sport on all levels.
“I am honoured to have the chance to learn from such knowledgeable individuals with a strong passion for the sport and a wealth of experience chasing big goals and achieving Olympic dreams. With their support and a shared vision for the future, I am eager to get to work and see what we can accomplish together in 2019 and beyond.”
Lars Forster, 2018 European Champion, added “Developing further towards the Tokyo Olympics, it is a huge benefit to be a side of the world’s fastest Nino Schurter. Since the beginning of my career I was dreaming of becoming a member of the team of Thomas Frischknecht, my idol in my early days. Together we can reach the next level.”
Unfortunately SCOTT-SRAM has to say goodbye to two riders. After four years with SCOTT-SRAM, Dutch Champion Michiel van der Heijden is looking to a new future. Also, Cape Epic winner Matthias Stirnemann will leave the team, he is going to be back with his former team Möbel-Märki.
Team Director Thomas Frischknecht said “We are going into the 18th season with this team and the rooster never looked more promising having both World Champions and the European champion in our colours. It’s great to have a woman back on the team. Together with our established staff we are going to have a fun time racing!”