Squad announces 2009 roster
Mongoose announced its 2009 team with some returning racers and some new additions. Eric Carter will stay with the team while downhiller Mick Hannah will make his return to mountain bike racing with the team. Freeriders Steve Romaniuk, Andrew Cho and Garett Buehler will also be part of the squad.
Carter, known as "EC" at Mongoose, will focus on supporting the sport and the Mongoose brand through his involvement with developing trails, backing events and helping to run bike demos and rides at shops around the country.
Hannah's tore up the 2007 World Cup scene, but was absent in 2008. He returns in 2009 to showcase his racing skills at events like the World Cup races, Crankworx and the US Open.
"I'm really excited to start racing again in 2009. I enjoyed my year off but couldn't stay away from racing. I did a race a few weeks ago and was very encouraged by the way I was riding. I've got my focus back," said Hannah.
"I turned down a few offers so I could partner with a company that has one of the most professional teams on the circuit and a great product development staff to work with. I feel confident that this season will be one of my best."
"I've admired Mick's skills at absolutely pinning it and his professional approach to the sport. Prior to Mick's signing, the two of us discussed our individual approaches to bike development and testing, and I quickly realized how much of an asset he can be to our product development process," said Darren Salsbury, Director of Mongoose Product Development.
"It's not often you can combine athletic prowess with the ability to deliver technically relevant feedback on designs. I'm confident Mongoose bikes are going to continue to progress and refine with Mick's input."
Romaniuk is the only returning freerider. Fresh talent Garett Buehler and Andrew Cho will be new to the squad.