Introducing the 2018 Team Wideopenmag rider line-up

We’re stoked to announce the line up for this year’s Wideopenmag team.

We’ve got 6 fast, talented riders, a few new faces and plenty of big plans.

Here’s who we’ll be supporting in 2018:

We’re celebrating today – this year’s fresh batch of Nukeproof bikes have just landed and it’s time to start getting excited for race season! Now we’ve got bikes and we’ve got riders it’s high time we told you who we’re working with in 2018.

Team Wideopenmag is a big thing for us. It’s our way of supporting young and talented racers, of supporting the UK race scene and of really getting stuck in to helping make British mountain biking as strong as it can be. Wideopen isn’t only for racers – but racing is a big thing to us.

We put a mountain of effort into helping young up-and-comers to grow their raw talent into top race results and, if they do really well, into factory pros. We give them loads of support at the races, we help them train and we help them out with great equipment that we know they can go fast on.

We work with them to build their race results, get their name out there and, when they do well, we help them move on up to a bigger and better team.

We’ve done it for Laurie Greenland, Charlie Hatton, Mark Scott, Morgan Tyrrell and loads more… Roll on the race season!

Our 2018 rider line up is:

Chris Hutchens / Elite Enduro

Chris is back for 2018 and this is his 3rd year on Team Wideopenmag.

He’ll race the full British Enduro Series, a heap of one-off British events, some Enduro World Series events and he’ll get out there and create a tonne of videos for us.

Christo Gallagher / Elite Enduro

Christo is new to the team and is our man up in Scotland, based in the borders.

When he’s not working his day job at Wigwam holidays, Christo will be out shredding Scottish Enduro Races, UK Gravity Enduro and a full Enduro World Series season.

He’s also partial to a pump track or two – so watch out for some stories from those!

Daniel Mason-Rheinschmiedt / Junior Enduro

Dan is another new face to the team, hailing from Bradford on Avon in the South West.

Dan takes the title for the hardest name to spell on the team but is aiming to win some national titles alongside. He’ll race UKGE and a tonne of regional enduro events. He’s exactly what we’re all about at the Team – young, fast talented and we’re looking forward to seeing him go fast this year.

Chris Cumming / Youth downhill

Chris is back for his second year on the team – he’s our young gun Irish downhill super star and will be stepping up into his second youth year.

Chris had a huge year in 2017 taking loads of Irish domestic wins, winning the IXS at Kranjska Gora and placing 3rd at the super tough Crankworx DH in Innsbruck.

Connor Smith / Youth downhill

New to the team for 2018, Connor was last year’s Juvenile downhill national champion.

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Connor is absolutely flat out and is hungry for his first year in the Youth field. He’ll be at the full British National DH Series, DH National Champs and a heap of regional events. We’ll be there with him to give him as much support as we possibly can.

Dan Cope / Youth downhill

Dan Cope is new to the team’s line up but not new to our team – he’s been a good mate of ours for a couple of years and was an obvious choice to bring closer to the fold.

Dan won Welsh Juvenile National Champs in 2017 and scored some great results – including a 3rd place at the British National at Rhyd y Felin and a win at the Pearce race at the same venue.

Having overcome an injury from last year he’s now training hard with MTBStrengthFactory, he’s fit and healthy and is excited to step up to his first year in Youth.

And our awesome sponsors:

Holy smoke! How good is that line up of sponsors?

We’re over the moon to have some amazing names behind this year’s team.

Our bikes will be supplied once again by Nukeproof and the guys will ride the Nukeproof Mega and Pulse for racing and the Scout hardtail and Digger gravel bike for shredding. They’ll also run Nukeproof wheels and pedals.

FunnMTB will supply bars, stems, grips and chain guides. We’ll run the Funn Kingpin bars, StrippaEVO and RSX stems and Hilt grips. Chain guides will be a mix of their Zippa lite or Zippa DH guides.

Juice Lubes will keep our bikes running tip top and help guarantee less time in the work stand and more time on track. We’ll use their full range of lubes, cleaners and maintenance products… and we’re planning on getting through a lot of ’em!

Conti Tyres will once again supply their awesome line up of tyres – we’ll run the Mud Kings in the wet, Der Kaiser Projekt’s in the dry and a whole assortment of other awesome tyres in between for MTB, gravel and road.

Our kit and protection will be supplied by AlpineStars for 2018 which we’re super excited about. They’ll provide fast, tough and comfy kit to race and ride in plus all of the protection to keep our riders safe – including armour. Footwear comes from Giro shoes, who’ll supply their clips and flat shoes.

Bell Helmets will keep our rider’s safe – the downhillers will wear the Bell Full 9 and the enduro guys will run the Bell SuperDH MIPS.

Camelbak will provide hydration packs to the team – the enduro guys will use these for all of their riding and the DH guys will run them for everything they do that’s not on a downhill track. They’re going to a massive help at this year’s Megavalanche!

Fibrax will supply all those little bits and bobs that keep a bike running. Brake pads, cables, outer cables, disc rotors – all made in North Wales.

A few of our riders will also be supported by MTBStrengthFactory who’ll make this fitter and stronger.

We’ll also receive suspension tuning and setup help from Sprung Suspension at the Forest of Dean.

Last but not least, we’ll have Granite Designs on board providing their awesome Hex Stand for portable bike repairs and their Rock Band strap for easily stowing tools and inner tubes to the team’s frames.

We’ll show you more from the team after our launch weekend in a couple of weeks.

You can follow the team on #teamwideopenmag or on the Team Wideopenmag homepage.