Propain pauses its Factory Race Team for 2023 – Pinkbike

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Propain will join Norco in the growing list of companies not building factory teams for the 2023 season.

Following Norco’s announcement in October that it would be skipping next year’s races, Propain has come forward to say it will take a break from running a factory team in 2023, although it sounds like there could be a return in the future.

The team’s hiatus means that Henry Kerr, Luke Meier-Smith and Remy Meier-Smith could be on the hunt for a new team, although Propain has said “it’s a natural thing for us to care about our team members and that Let’s keep them.” on track for 2023 with our connections with industry and company partners.”

It’s sad to see yet another high-profile team pull out of next year’s racing and we hope there isn’t much more of this news to come.

It really pains us to say it, but the Propain Factory Racing team will be taking a break in 2023. It was definitely not an easy decision, and we want to explain why we need to do this.

Since 2016 we have been part of the Downhill World Cup with our first professional team, “Propain Dirt Zelvy”. Always fueled by the excitement we get from competitive racing, three years later in 2019 we had big plans for this team and took it more seriously than ever. We changed the team structure to function as “Propain Factory Racing” with the main goal of becoming a Top 10 team in the World Cups.

Another three years later, the whole world has changed again. We don’t want to blame everything on the pandemic, but it was an important part that changed not only our environment but also Propain itself. We are a growing owner-operated company from southern Germany and have just started to get our hands on markets outside of Europe. In the last three years times have been hectic and stressful as we have tried to conquer the increasing demand for bicycles and at the same time the increasing delivery times for all types of bicycle parts. At the moment our minds were not focused on a World Cup relegation team, but we kept going and 2022 turned out to be one of the most successful years for the team.

This made the decision definitely not any easier, but with better riders this also means more responsibility, time and effort that we have to invest. The competition for good riders is always high and in the end we were unable to keep the existing team in its current configuration.

In 2023, the MTB World Cup will change with more stops around the world in a shorter period. We made this strategic decision to take that time to build a strong team for 2024 and focus all of our energy and power on our customers to make sure we build the best bikes for ourselves and our friends. We will spend the next year recalibrating and paving the way for 2024 to come back fully recharged.

We want to thank our athletes, the entire team with team manager Ben Reid, our sponsors and of course all the fans for the last seven years of racing Downhill World Cups with Propain. It is obvious to us that we care about our team members and keep them on track for 2023 with our connections with industry and company partners.

This is not goodbye, we will be back!

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big quotes I can honestly say that it has been a pleasure leading the World Cup Team for Propain for the last 7 seasons. Meeting the owners of the company, Robert and David, for the first time in 2016 and seeing their passion for building the best bikes for their friends, was something I was immediately proud to be a part of.

Two extremely hard-working and down-to-earth mountain bikers who run their business with fairness and loyalty and it’s no wonder their company has grown into what it is today. It has been an easy partnership as our goals of developing the best race bike for the team were very much aligned and everything the team needed was achieved.

Preparing for the 2023 season, this news initially shocked me, but having chased the World Cup circuit for the last 21 years of my life as a rider and manager, I welcome this opportunity to focus on other projects and, although not as team manager. I look forward to staying involved with the brand as the guys at Propain have really felt like family and there really is no other identification of a bike than riding. From the riders we’ve had over the years, staff and sponsors, thank you all so much for being a part of this.”

Ben Reid, team manager

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