Rocky Mountain Bicycles signed freerider and trail builder Dave Smutok for 2009. Smutok began his career as a cross country ski racer and won several junior national championships. In 2003, he transitioned to mountain biking and within a year, he was winning events like the 2004 Red Bull Bike Battle. He has also competed at the Kokanee Crankworx, Monster Park, and Adidas-Slopestyle events.
"I've seen Dave compete several times and not only are his skills impressive, but his popularity and crowd appeal are huge," said Rocky Mountain team manager Peter Vallance. "We didn't plan on adding more riders to our roster for next season, but when we heard that Dave was available, we had to try to get him."
In addition to his freeriding, Smutok played an instrumental role in the development of the Highland Mountain Bike Park in Northfield, New Hampshire. With his help and that of his trail crew, park visits have doubled annually as the parks terrain progresses with new trends in the sport.
Smutok's signing will help increase Rocky Mountain's presence on the East Coast.