Santa Cruz Syndicate signed Josh Bryceland to its powerhouse gravity squad. Bryceland, an up and coming 17 year-old from Manchester, Great Britain, is the reigning UCI World Cup Junior Downhill Champion and British National Junior Downhill Champion. Steve Peat has been grooming Bryceland for a few years.
"I'm so happy to join the Syndicate. Steve and Nathan are two riders I have looked up to for a long time and to now be on the Syndicate with them, it's a dream come true! My goals for '08 are to consistently place top 15 at World Cups, keep hold of the yellow jersey, and to podium at World Champs," said an excited Bryceland.
Peat is pleased to have his protégé onboard and said, "I have been helping Josh out for a long time now and I like what I see. He has the drive to be the best and I think he fits the Syndicate mentality well. He is already an amazing rider at a young age and think he will flourish riding along side Rennie and myself."
Bryceland had a remarkable season on the UCI World Cup scene as well as at the NPS British National races. Highlights of his year include qualifying fifth and placing ninth at the UCI World Cup Downhill in Maribor, Slovenia At the NPS race in Ae Forest, Scotland, he took the junior win and placed fourth overall, just ahead of Greg Minnaar and behind Matti Leihikonen. A flat tire marred his world championship race run, so he is hungry for the Junior World Championship title in 2008.