Orbea to continue to be a benchmark in MTB racing
Luna Chix and Oki Orbea will be the one step ahead in the XC world. The brand is planning to create an enduro team for 2013.
Luna Pro Team roster (Photo: Orbea)
Oki Orbea (Photo: Orbea)
Tom Malecha (Photo: Orbea)
Ian Baquerin (Photo: ianbaquerin.com)
Orbea means competition. It means so in road and MTB racing, being one of the first brands that established an MTB team, back in the 1990s. In the past years, Orbea Racing Team, with such bikers as Julien Absalon, Iñaki Lejarreta and Rubén Ruzafa, and US-based Luna Chix dominated the XC scene, winning a host of championships, world cups and Olympic gold medals.
As Orbea aims at winning more XC titles in 2013, it has renewed the contract with Luna Chix, considered to be the best women’s XC team worldwide. The team made of the 2011 World Champion and winner of the World Cup 2012 Catharine Pendrel, bronze medalist in London 2012 Georgia Gould and Katerina Nash want to continue to be a standard of excellence in the XC scene at the global level with their Almas, Alma 29, and the recently launched Oiz.
They will be joined by OKI Orbea, a benchmark in Spanish races. In 2013, this cycling team, who will be riding the Alma and the Oiz, will be made of Carlos Portilla, Ever Alejandro Gómez and Javier Salamero.
More announcements will be made soon.
Orbea Team move on to enduro racing
Orbea Racing Team are keeping in with the times, focusing on a new enduro racing project. Enduro racing is all the rage now, attracting users and professional racers alike. There are already many events of this form of MTB racing in Europe and there is a fast growing interest in it all over the world. Orbea’s goal is to become a reference in this discipline too, with machines like the Rallon.
In the field of all-mountain, our test riders and product advisors Ian Baquerín and Tom Malecha, among others, will be collaborating with us next year too.