One door closes, and another one opens.
First, the bad news: Trek has announced that it will not be continuing its Trek-Volkswagen national racing team. The news came following confirmation that VW would not be supporting the team in 2009, and it appears that without funding from VW, the team was no longer a possibility. The Trek-VW team has long been a staple of the North American racing scene, and has been home to many top-level riders, including Alison Sydor, Roland Green, Travis Brown, Chris Eatough, and Jeremiah Bishop. Along with the dissolution of the pro-level team, support for six regional teams will also come to an end.
However, despite the death of the Trek-VW team, 2009 will mark the first year of the bike maker’s new Trek Global Racing team, an ambitious entry into the UCI World Cup racing. The World Cup effort includes both gravity and cross-country riders, and according to VeloNews, is Trek’s biggest mountain bike team yet. If the UCI team is able to foster half the talent that the Trek-VW team has seen in the last 13 years, then it should be a huge success indeed.