World Cup Champion Jolanda Neff joins Trek Factory Racing XC

Trek announced today that Swiss cross-country mountain bike champion Jolanda Neff will join the ranks of Trek Factory Racing XC. The three-time World Cup overall winner will continue to focus on the World Cup cross-country circuit, but will also race select events with the new Trek Factory Racing Cyclocross and Trek-Segafredo teams.

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At just 25 years old, Neff has already made an indelible mark on cycling. She is an elite World Champion, three-time World Cup Champion, three-time European Champion, four-time Swiss Champion, and the winner of 12 World Cups.

 

“I’m extremely excited to join the Trek family," said Neff. "I love Trek as a brand and am passionate about their philosophy of developing strong women’s programs alongside their men’s teams. It’s also a great pleasure that I will be able to race in MTB, CX, and road, all under the same family of teams. It has been my lifelong dream to race at the highest level on the fastest bikes across different disciplines, and I have found the perfect partner.”

 

Neff will join teammate Emily Batty, one of mountain biking’s all-time greats, who will continue to race with Trek Factory Racing in 2019 and beyond.

 

Emily Batty has been a force within the World Cup for many years. In 2018, she earned numerous World Cup podiums and a bronze medal at the 2018 World Championships. She'll look to capitalize on this momentum in 2019 and has her sights set on her most successful season to date.

 

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“I'm thrilled to welcome Jolanda Neff to Trek, and I know that we'll be able to bring the best out of each other in racing and training," said Batty. "Trek is creating an environment that's good for women athletes and good for the sport, and I'm proud that together Jolanda and I can lead the charge for the brand."

 

With a team helmed by both Emily Batty and Jolanda Neff, Trek Factory Racing XC is set to take the World Cup by storm.

 

“Trek has always seen the value in supporting the top levels of the sport,” said Trek Sports Marketing Director Tim Vanderjeugd. “We are thrilled to continue that tradition by having two of the most prominent athletes in the sport of cycling on one program. Both Emily and Jolanda are primed for success on the World Cup circuit for years to come.”

 

The full roster of the Trek Factory Racing XC team will be announced in the coming months. The athletes will continue to ride Trek Procaliber and Top Fuel platforms equipped with SRAM drivetrains and brakes, RockShox suspension, and Bontrager wheels and cockpits. They'll wear Santini clothing and will ride with Bontrager shoes and helmets.






25 Comments

Gen, Oct 24 2018 10:12

She changes teams often

Headshot, Oct 24 2018 10:20

Its probably a good move for YN with a nice pay hike. EB is on form so TFR will be a force to be reckoned with in 2019.

splat, Oct 24 2018 10:26

She changes teams often

 

She seems to extract what she needs from each team structure and then moves on to bigger and better things (or she is in high demand and bigger budgets win her over).

How long until she is riding for Specialized? 

Hairy, Oct 24 2018 10:33

Good for her and good for Trek!

 

The other rumour mill was AG going to the Trek DH team?

Bos, Oct 24 2018 10:41

She seems to extract what she needs from each team structure and then moves on to bigger and better things (or she is in high demand and bigger budgets win her over).

How long until she is riding for Specialized? 

Oh Please no..not that.

 

It just keeps things interesting. Trek FR vs Spez (Kate C & The great dane) How long before we see Batty and Neff at the EPIC? Yolanda said something about that at the Epic WC this year.. about being interested. However, Racing Road, CX and XCO.. she will have a very busy schedule, although I think the EPIC is an Ideal "block of training" for these Elite athletes to be sharp for the XCO season.

TheJ, Oct 24 2018 10:54

Hoping Emily can feed of Jolanda and land a few wins, and not just be the bridesmaid. 

Sitting slip, Oct 24 2018 11:03

Lets start a petition to get them riding the epic. It will be the hottest pairing ever!

slickjay007, Oct 24 2018 11:05

Hoping Emily can feed of Jolanda and land a few wins, and not just be the bridesmaid. 

 

Emily is a good looking bridesmaid!

Ed-Zulu, Oct 24 2018 11:45

Batty will remain a solid #3 next season like this one;

 

- Neff, Langvad and Courtney solid podium finishers in the long form

- Batty's time at the top is coming to an end and one wonder's how long can TrekFR keep her on the team.

 

Take into account that Ellen Noble and other younger riders are progressing, TREK should've booted her  

Hairy, Oct 24 2018 01:10

hey hey that is a bit harsh RE her age ... let's not forget that "old lady" who also won an XCO earlier this year.

 

Batty will remain a solid #3 next season like this one;

 

- Neff, Langvad and Courtney solid podium finishers in the long form

- Batty's time at the top is coming to an end and one wonder's how long can TrekFR keep her on the team.

 

Take into account that Ellen Noble and other younger riders are progressing, TREK should've booted her  

Lighthouse, Oct 24 2018 01:15

What a team. Will be interesting to see how things unfold in 2019.

stringbean, Oct 24 2018 03:41

She seems to extract what she needs from each team structure and then moves on to bigger and better things (or she is in high demand and bigger budgets win her over).
How long until she is riding for Specialized?

At the moment Spez got a pretty strong woman’s team so that won’t happen.
The men’s team on the other hand.hearing rumours some of the older guys might be looking for a job soon.
Really didn’t perform well in the ELITE stage so think they might rather be looking at their men’s team

stringbean, Oct 24 2018 03:46

hey hey that is a bit harsh RE her age ... let's not forget that "old lady" who also won an XCO earlier this year.


It amazes me when everyone questions Valverdy at 38y but no One questions a couple of 45&46 year old ladies podium at elite level xc Racing

Skinnyone, Oct 24 2018 03:54

It amazes me when everyone questions Valverdy at 38y but no One questions a couple of 45&46 year old ladies podium at elite level xc Racing

Probably because female athletes reach their peak at a later age - Jeannie Longo raced and won well into her 50's...

DirtyDan, Oct 24 2018 03:56

It amazes me when everyone questions Valverdy at 38y but no One questions a couple of 45&46 year old ladies podium at elite level xc Racing

Women become stronger with age...

Men's endurance might improve, but they lose that power strength...

 

My completely non-scientific, less-than-2-cents opportunity to unsettle some people.

iridemtb1, Oct 24 2018 08:17

Looks like the new sram eagle on Jolandas bike

iridemtb1, Oct 24 2018 08:18

At the moment Spez got a pretty strong woman’s team so that won’t happen.
The men’s team on the other hand.hearing rumours some of the older guys might be looking for a job soon.
Really didn’t perform well in the ELITE stage so think they might rather be looking at their men’s team

Looks like Kate Courtney's moved to Scott, so one less women in their team.

LONE TWO, Oct 25 2018 09:00

Looks like Kate Courtney's moved to Scott, so one less women in their team.

Where did you hear this? link please

J Wakefield, Oct 25 2018 09:06

Probably because female athletes reach their peak at a later age - Jeannie Longo raced and won well into her 50's...

 

How well you know of her career?.........

Skinnyone, Oct 25 2018 09:15

How well you know of her career?.........

well...yes she raced in "that" era....

J Wakefield, Oct 25 2018 09:23

well...yes she raced in "that" era....

 

Many raced in that era and nobody batted an eyelid or was involved in what she was.

Skinnyone, Oct 25 2018 11:52

Anyway - back to miss Frizz...

Rick Sanchez, Oct 25 2018 04:16

Where did you hear this? link please

https://www.pinkbike...and-beyond.html

LONE TWO, Oct 26 2018 11:05

Thanks interesting read indeed.

Climate, Oct 26 2018 11:58

Looks like the new sram eagle on Jolandas bike

Such a pity ... after being one of the first to race on the new XTR 12-speed :-)