By signing two new American endurance riders, Topeak-Ergon has set its sights on the American mountain bike market.
29-year-old Jeff Kerkove and 35-year-old Sloane Anderson have proven themselves in the solo categories at 12 and 24-hour races in the US. Kerkove's list of successes includes several podiums and top tens, plus four wins in both disciplines. Anderson also has two wins and three podiums to his name.
The two riders will debut in Europe as part of the team's 24-hour squad. They will also tackle the Transalp Challenge.
"Racing in Europe is a new challenge for us. It is particularly motivating," said Anderson, who will train with Kerkove and the rest of the team on Majorca in mid-February. Including the two Americans, there are nine total riders signed to the Topeak-Ergon team for 2007.