After five years, downhiller Nathan Rennie is departing the Santa Cruz Syndicate for a yet-to-be-announced squad. During his time with the team, he climbed the podium 40 times, was twice crowned Australian National Champion and earned a bronze medal at the 2006 UCI World Championships. He also helped the team to a World Cup overall championship in 2008.
"I just want to thank everyone involved with the Santa Cruz Syndicate... . All I can say is that I'm a little lost for words. For some time now I have needed some change in my life, on and off the bike. I feel a change for me is for the best in all aspects. I am looking forward to getting back to my best and having the right outlook to better myself, and the new people around me," said Rennie of his departure.
"I have so many people to thank so of course. In true Rennie fashion, I would like to thank the gift that we can all agree on which is the creation of the 'wheel'. The wheel and I have a love hate relationship, but it always seems to keep turning."
"His big presence and sense of humor will be sorely missed as well as his powerhouse performances on the racetrack. We wish him well on his new team and will continue to be proud of him and his efforts," said the Syndicate's Kathy Sessler.
"He always has the best stories and is always good fun to hang out with. I can't wait until 'Renoir's Memoirs' hits the newsstands. He is an asset to any bike company and a great friend to me," said teammate Steve Peat.