New year, new team, same vibe. The GT Factory Racing squad is adding some fresh blood to the 2022 roster, and we’re fired up to get the season started!
2020 Jr World Cup Overall winner, Ethan Craik, will be moving up to accompany Wyn Masters in Elite DH World Cup, and Ryan Pinkerton will join the team as our Junior racer. Hailing from Aliso Viejo, CA, this young speed demon has been making quite a name for himself with his dominant performance in the US DH scene. Don’t let Ryan’s age fool you, this kid is wise beyond his years and ready to prove himself on the world stage.
Joining GTFR is the culmination of many years of hard work and is the realization of a long-term dream. I was selected to ride for the GT development team 2 years ago with the goal of being selected to join and represent GTFR and immediately enjoyed the family environment and support at GT. It is hard to put into words how excited I am to have achieved that goal and to have realized my dream. It has been an amazing journey to this point with ups/downs, broken bones and incredible (to me) success. I cannot express how excited and humbled I am to represent GT bikes on the World Cup DH circuit. It will be amazing and exceptional to be supported by a truly world class organization. I look forward to being with the GT team, including riders, coaches and staff and seeing where this part of my life journey leads me and what good times await. -Ryan Pinkerton
Kiwi race and freeride phenom, Jess Blewitt, will also be joining Ethan, Wyn, and Ryan on the DH team in her second year of Elite World Cup racing. Jess linked up with the team last year with the intention of attending a few World Cups, but the vibe was so good she stayed with the team for almost the full year. Although her season ended with a devastating crash in Snowshoe, Jess proved she was a force to be reckoned with, earning 8thplace at World Champs and in Maribor, as well as a 3rd and 2nd in U21 at the EWS and an invitation to Red Bull Formation. At 19-years-old, Jess is only getting started in her riding career and we can’t wait to see what she accomplishes with the GTFR team!
I’m super humbled to have received the support I did throughout the 2021 season from GT, but I’m excited to now officially be joining GTFR for my first professional season. I've been a huge fan of GT bicycles ever since I started riding downhill, and I’m stoked to have the opportunity to ride and work with an amazing team. Can’t wait for some good times ahead! -Jess Blewitt
This year’s Enduro line-up will be led by two female powerhouses – Katy Winton and Noga Korem. Katy is looking to continue to add to her already impressive racing career. Together she and Noga will join Wyn on the EWS circuit. Last year, Katy ran her own program and ended up 9th overall in EWS. With the support of the GTFR team, she will have more time to focus on her riding and training, which will be a huge advantage. The Scotland native is an absolute weapon on the bike, and we cannot wait to see her and Noga dominating the Women’s EWS field!
I am so excited to join the GTFR crew, to have a big brand supporting a female racer led enduro team was an opportunity I couldn’t turn down. After a year running my own program, I realized for me to perform my best I needed a team setup and GT’s investment in ensuring there are good people and support around the athletes made it an easy decision. It’s good vibes already and I can’t wait to get stuck into racing! -Katy Winton
DH World Cup vet, Cam Cole, will also be joining GTFR as Team Performance Manager, supporting rider performance needs and elevating their physical and mental game. With six Elite DH World Cup podiums and a Jr. World Champion title under his belt, Cam knows a thing or two about what’s needed to succeed as a racer. His wealth of experience and down-to-earth mentality will be a priceless asset to the whole crew.
I’ve come full circle, after 16 years working in various roles across the top level of the mountain bike industry, I’m essentially back where I started. Which is chasing peak performance on the international racing circuit - but this time as a staff member instead of an athlete. The success of GT Factory Racing is something that I am looking forward to contributing to and being a part of for the next two years. I’m extremely grateful to the team and wider GT family who have all welcomed not only myself but all of the new team members onboard and instantly taken us into the family. Looking forward to seeing everyone at all the races in 2022. -Cam Cole
With the stacked crew of Masters, Craik, Korem, Winton, Blewitt, and Pinkerton, we already know it’s going to be a good year. Add in the fact that it is GT’s 50th Anniversary and you have got yourself a recipe for endless GOOD TIMES!
Thank you to all our team partners for their incredible support. Shimano, Fox, Alpinestars, Michelin, OneUp, Stans, Tannus, FSA, Ethirteen, Krush, ODI, GoPro, Nezium, and Prologo.