Talent Factory

You guys should know this already but, Team Wideopenmag is a huge part of what we do here at Wideopen.

The team is our way of giving something back to the sport – by supporting young riders and supporting the UK race scene. We’re not sat on the sidelines, looking in. We’re between the tape, paying those race entries, battling for podiums and living it first hand.

We’ve run the team for over 10 years and through that time we’ve helped some amazing riders on their journey, not least Charlie Hatton (now Atherton Racing), Laurie Greenland (now MS Mondraker), Mark Scott (now Santa Cruz Factory) and Kelan Grant (now Team CRC).

So long, thanks dudes.

With the 2020 race season just around the corner we’re finally ready to introduce our new line up of riders. But first a couple of farewells.

At the end of 2019 we say goodbye and cheers to Connor Smith and Daniel Cope. Connor and Dan raced with us for two years through their Youth downhill years. As is the tradition for our young DH’ers, we’ll support them till their Junior year and then help them step up to whatever comes next.

For Dan, that means moving on to race Enduro with Nukeproof’s support. For Connor, it’s his first World Cup season, riding a Pivot. Good luck guys!

2020

For 2020 we’ve created a team that, we think, is a great mix. We’ve got a blend of enduro and DH racers and a good spread of young talent and experienced riders alike.

The mission for the youngsters is to have fun, get fast, get experience and build their name. For the older guys, it’s about creating media for Wideopen (Youtube mainly!) and building those race results to get on more podiums.

Our 2020 Team Wideopenmag Rider Line Up Is…

Chris Hutchens

Discipline: Enduro
Age: 30
Best Result: Megavalanche win
Location: Bristol

Now in his 5th year on the team, Hutch is our longest standing team member.

Since joining, Hutch has scored some top results (not least, a win at the Megavalanche) and created a tonne of video content and photo stories for us.

For 2020, Hutch will race Enduro in the masters category and take on the British Nationals, the Mega, Tweedlove and some one-off events like the Naughty Northumbrian and ArdRock. He’ll also keep producing a tonne of video content for our Youtube Channel.

Christo Gallagher

Discipline: Enduro
Age: 26
Best Result: 1st at Tweedlove Transcend
Location: Edinburgh

Another team veteran, 2020 will be Christo’s 3rd year on the team and we’re expecting him to only get faster.

Since joining us, Christo has smashed out some amazing results. SDA and British National DH wins, a win at Tweedlove, top 50 at the Madeira EWS and a very near overall UK Enduro Series win.

For 2020, Christo will be having another crack at the overall British National, taking on as many EWS events as he can and going hard at the UK Pumptrack Series.

Natasha Bradley

Discipline: DH/Enduro/4X
Age: 22
Best Result: Silver medal at 4X World Champs
Location: Brighton

Tash is a new addition to the team and will race a mix of downhill, enduro and 4X.

Sam Hill Nukeproof Enduro Pedaltea

We knew Tash from her days racing 4X, where she’d race in the guy’s category (AKA Nathan Bradley) and send the Pro-Line whenever she could. She scored a silver medal in Val-Di-Sole at 4X World Champs, is the current 4X National Champion and won the Fort Bill 4x ProTour.

We’ve adopted Tash for 2020, having previously ridden for our bike sponsors Nukeproof.

Andrew Georgeson

Discipline: DH
Age: 14
Best Result: 1st at 2019 British DH National final
Location: Inverness

Andrew is another fresh face for the team, and one of two new Youth DH racers joining the family.

2020 will be Andrew’s first season of National DH racing, but he’s not shy of competing. He scored first or second in every race he entered in 2019, including the top spot at the Ae Forest British National.

Andrew is exactly why we run the team – to help young talent step up to the next level.

Andrew would like to say a big thanks to OrangeFox Bikes and Ride For Ewen for supporting him in 2019. He’ll continue to be supported personally by Orange Fox Bikes whilst riding for Wideopen.

Elin Berry

Discipline: DH
Age: 14
Best Result:
Location: South Wales

Last but very much not least, our second new Youth DH racer for the team.

We were looking for a new rider and Saddleback’s Oli Morris, Manon Carpenter and Katy Curd all approached us to recommend Elin, claiming she was flat out and super keen to step up to race British Nationals.

Like Andrew, Elin won (or nearly won) everything she raced in 2019. She’ll be stepping up to her first British National in 2020 and we’re looking forward to helping her on her way.

Elin would like to say a big thanks to Pedalabikeaway, CrankBrothers, Troy Lee, Sprung Suspension and Orange Bikes for their support in 2019. She’ll continue to be supported personally by RiseMTBPerformance and Katy Curd Coaching whilst riding for Wideopen.

What’s next?

It’s been a long winter of emails, phone calls and trade shows to get the team up and running.

We’ll be getting the whole team together in February for our official launch party… and then it’s race season!

The team will be racing British DH and Enduro Nationals, one-offs like the Mega and Ard Rock and various other events like Pearce Cycles, Mini DH and Enduro, Scottish DH/Enduro Series and more.

Wish them luck!


For 2020, Team Wideopenmag is supported by the following:

Nukeproof

Funn

Juice Lubes

Kenda Tyres (Via Moore&Large)

Stans NoTubes (via Paligap)

Hayes Brakes (via Hotlines)

Manitou Suspension (via Hotlines)

Granite Designs

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