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Iron Horse expands sponsorship to endurance racing

Sam Hill is a mainstay on the Iron Horse gravity team

Sam Hill is a mainstay on the Iron Horse gravity team (Image credit: Tour of Japan)

Iron Horse, a US manufacturer best known for its gravity bikes, will join forces with top British endurance racing team for the 2008 season.

Iron Horse is hoping to transfer its success on the gravity circuit, with elite athletes like Sam Hill and Sabrina Jonnier, to the world of endurance racing. "We are all really excited about this collaboration; it marks an important point in the history of Iron Horse as we attempt to carry our success from the downhill arena in to other market," said Martin Astley, Iron Horse UK Brand Manager.

Managed by 2005 24 Hours of Adrenaline Solo World Masters Champion Rob Lee, the team, which specializes in 12 and 24 hour solo racing, will get a new name in its fourth season: Iron Horse Extreme. "This is a great move for our team and also a great move for Iron Horse. We have some of the best 24 and 12 hour soloists riding for us next year and it is fitting that we are teaming up with Iron Horse, who are clearly an innovative company with great products," said Lee, who won the solo races at the Nightrider 12 hour and the Bontrager 24 hour this past summer.

In 2007, the team won first and second places in the men's solo 24 at Mountain Mayhem and also won the men's and women's solo events at the Bontrager Twentyfour 12. In 2008, the team will be riding Azure Expert bikes.

Iron Horse Extreme for 2008: Gavin Atkins, Clive Forth, Josh Ibbett, James Leavesley, Rob Lee, Fi Spotswood, Anthony White.

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