Team Maxxis announced five riders on its roster for the 2007 season and a new sponsor. Cross country riders include Geoff Kabush and Mathieu Toulouse. Kabush's extensive wins include the 2006 Oceania cross country championship, the NORBA short track championship, and Canadian national cross country title. He's won the NORBA cross country series twice and the short track series three times. Canadian National Team Member Toulouse is a multi-time Quebec Provincial Champion. Last year he also took second at the 2006 Pan Am Championship.
Cameron Cole, Luke Strobel, and April Lawyer will represent Maxxis at gravity events. Only 18-years-old, Cole was crowned 2006 junior downhill world champion as well as the junior downhill champion at the Oceania Championships. Strobel finished on the podium last year in the US Open of Mountain Biking and in the top 20 at the world championship. The 2004 junior NMBS champion has worked full time to support his biking career.
Lawyer returns to the team after four seasons away. She made five trips to the podium at NORBA events last year and finished third overall in the series in 2005. Before turning to mountain biking, Lawyer was a professional snow boarder and won silver at the X-Games. When not racing, Lawyer host clinics to encourage young women to ride more and find their place in the sport. She also operates a retail clothing store in Bend, Oregon.
"At Maxxis, we're excited to once again be fielding a team with some of the top athletes in mountain biking. We have two young, new riders on the team this year and they are bringing a new enthusiasm and perspective with them. One of the things that stands out most about Team Maxxis, is not only how talented our riders and staff are, but how they have so much more to offer to the industry than just their riding ability." said Christopher Warrick, Sponsorship Director at Maxxis International.
Gary Wolff will manage the team while Adam McGrath will perform wrenching duties. Look for the squad at the NMBS series, select World Cup events, the Sea Otter Classic, and the US Open of Mountain Biking.
Along with clothing sponsor Louis Garneau, the 2007 Maxxis MTB team will ride Ellsworth bikes for gravity events and Litespeed for cross country.