Big news for your Tuesday morning as Madison Saracen gets two new riders for 2021… and loses another.
Still recovering from her massive crash at World Champs, Veronika Widmann clearly isn’t standing still. She’ll move from the Flow Style Racing team onto Madison Saracen and follow in Manon Carpenter’s footsteps.
After a tricky year for her team, Veronika will no doubt be pleased to be on a fresh programme for the new year. The team had intended to enter 2020 on a fully-funded factory programme under a big-name bike brand but, the plan fell apart at the eleventh hour.
Jordan Williams will also step up to the team after two years on Madison’s Development Team. He’ll race Junior World Cups and aim to learn from teammate Matt Walker’s experience.
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And of course, the BIG news. You guessed it, no Danny Hart. Madison’s press release said simply “We have made the decision not to renew Danny Hart’s contract for next season. Thanks to Danny for a great three years including a memorable World Cup win in Snowshoe and best of luck for the future”.
That’s HUGE news and comes, for us at least, as a surprise. We’re looking forward to hearing what comes next.
Good luck to all the riders for the off season!
Here’s the full press release:
After a year where it’s fair to say that things haven’t gone to plan in the downhill world – or the sports
world in general – here at Madison Saracen we’re looking forward to 2021 with a renewed sense of
optimism and some changes to the line-up.
For 2021 we’re introducing a well-rounded team capable of great results in three different categories.
First up is Jordan Williams, an exciting young talent who joins the Factory team to ride in the junior
category after two successful years as a development rider. We’ve been committed to developing young
talent at Madison Saracen, and with our Elite Male rider Matt Walker there to mentor Jordan he’s in
good hands. Matt himself has his sights set on more World Cup podium success at the Elite level next
year and we’re really excited to see him back on the hill on race weekend again.
Brand new to the team for next year is Elite Women’s rider Veronika Widmann. Ranked no.3 by the UCI,
Veronika has shown tremendous improvement and determination to make it onto the World Cup
podium and we’re incredibly excited that she’s chosen Madison Saracen to be the next chapter in her
career. Veronika will be a valuable addition to the team both on and off the race track, and her presence
and interaction with fans makes her an excellent ambassador for all things MTB.
Veronika said: “I’m beyond stoked and grateful for the opportunity to begin with Madison Saracen. It’s a
dream setup and I can’t wait for the new season.”
One final addition to Madison Saracen as Assistant Manager is Harry Molloy, returning to the team
where he was one of the original riders back in 2011. Harry has gone on to manage his own team whilst
continuing to race, picking up knowledge and experience that will help all the team riders as he supports
them on and off the hill. Harry will also take on some individual challenges and events that showcase the
best in our sponsors products. From gravel to big mountain, it’s time to share some adventures.
Looking forward to 2021 Will Longden, Team Manager said “I’m excited to be heading this talented
team of riders, who each show a fresh enthusiasm and determination to achieve their best. It reignites
my passion for the sport and I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead. Getting stuck in to what
Madison Saracen Team is all about, developing talent to the highest level and inspiring everyone to get
out and ride.”
Dom Langan, CEO of Madison and Sportline, said “Firstly I would like to thank Danny for everything he
brought to the team over the last three years and I wish him every success for the future. I am also
delighted to see Jordan Williams move up from our development team to follow in the footsteps of Matt
Walker, as the development of young talent is key to the ethos of the team. The Madison Saracen team
enjoyed early success with our first female rider, Manon Carpenter, and I am very pleased to have
Veronika joining the team with a very promising future ahead of her.”
As you may have realised by now, we have made the decision not to renew Danny Hart’s contract for
next season. Thanks to Danny for a great three years including a memorable World Cup win in
Snowshoe and best of luck for the future.