A new outfit for 2008, the Tomac Factory Racing Team will contest the 2008 World Cup downhill and 4X program.
"A dream coming true," is how Team Manager and World Cup rider and seven time national champion Claudio Caluori described the Switzerland-based team. "It's where I started my career nine years ago, and I am really happy to now be managing the team and riding Tomac for 2008."
The team will feature up and coming talents including Rhys Willemse and Laurie Dinham from Australia, 2007 Junior World Champion Joseph Smith from the United Kingdom and Robin Hagen from Switzerland on the downhill portion of the team. All have been hailed as the "fastest juniors" in their respective countries. In 4X, the duo of Mirco and Adrian Weiss promises to round out an already strong package of junior riders.
Under the tutelage of Caluori, who will continue to race the elite World Cup circuit, the team will be focused on all of the World Cup events and the World Championships. Additionally, the team will hold Junior Development Camps in Switzerland, where young riders will have the chance to ride with the pros and benefit from their riding knowledge and skills.
"It was really an obvious choice to work with Claudio," said Tomac owner Joel Smith. "His experience, knowledge and work ethic will be an incredible benefit for these young riders."