The GT team has announced the re-signing of Todd Wells, Hans Rey, and Bryn Atkinson to its squad for 2006.
U.S. national cyclo-cross champion Todd Wells will be riding MTB XC, cyclo-cross, and road in an ambitious schedule next season. "I will compete in the World Cup, select NORBAs, National Championships and select UCI CX races and National Championships," said Wells. "I will also compete in Road in the San Dimas SR, Tour of Georgia, Tour of the Gila, the Fitchburg SR and the USPRO National Championships."
Wells' 2005 highlights include 1st place at the Park City NORBA National STXC, 3rd-place at the Brainhead NORBA National STXC, 2nd place MTB National Championships XC, 2nd place at the MTB National Championships STXC, 2nd Overall at the Tour of Connecticut Stage Road Race, 1st place at the Tour of the Gila Crit, 1st place at the USGP #6 in San Francisco, and 1st place at the Cyclocross National Championships.
His goals for 2006 are no less ambitious. Todd wants to win the World Cup, the MTB National Championships, the Cyclo-cross National Championships and the US PRO Road National Championships.
Hans Rey, the consummate performer and the Godfather of Freeride, returns to the GT squad in 2006 for his 20th year. Hans was also featured on 20 magazine covers in 2005 and launched his charity, Wheels 4 Life. "My other 2005 highlights were my two main Adventure Team trips to Copper Canyon, Mexico and the Alta Rezia (in the Swiss/Italian Alps) Freeride," said Hans.
In 2006, Hans' goals are to continue to focus on his Adventure Team trips and getting exposure for his sponsors. "I'm looking at several possible destinations, including the Philippines, Greenland, and Turkey," said Hans. "I will also continue working closely with my sponsors, doing trials shows, workshops, and other PR-related stuff."
Finally, versatile Aussie Bryn Atkinson will race for the GT MTB team again in 2006. Highlights from this season include his second overall finish at Sea Otter and taking seventh in the downhill at the World Championships.
"My goals for 2006 are to place in the top five at the World Championships, and to place consistently in the top seven at World Cups," said Atkinson.