SOURCE: Trek Bicycles

July 15, 2008 12:15 ET

Trek/VW's Schnell Wins All-Mountain World Championship Aboard Remedy

WATERLOO, WI--(Marketwire - July 15, 2008) - Racing aboard an all-new for 2008 Trek Remedy, Trek/VW team rider "Rad" Ross Schnell won this year's 13th annual Downieville Classic All-Mountain Race, setting two course records and taking home World Championship honors in the process.

"Downieville's no longer a one-horse town," said "Rad" Ross, commenting on a performance that might finally put to rest the bragging of three-time All-Mountain Champ Jason Moeschler and seven-time Downhill Champ Mark Weir. Several other high profile athletes pulled up to the start line -- including Brian Lopes, Myles Rockwell, Andreas Hestler and Kurt Voreis -- in a quest to claim the prestigious title.

"It was never the intention of Trek/VW to go crash the locals' party," noted Trek/VW Race Team Manager Zack Vestal. "Local riders Mark Wier and Jason Moeschler are fantastic athletes who have made the Downieville race their specialty. But with the introduction of our brand new Remedy we feel we have a great new bike that's perfectly suited to this format, and we have great athletes in Ross and Sue [Haywood]. We simply wanted to put our bikes and riders up against theirs."

A two-day mountain bike stage race that combines the times from both a 29-mile point-to-point cross country race and a 17-mile downhill race, the Downieville Classic All-Mountain Race requires racers to use the exact same bike with the exact same components for both events. Because it encompasses both XC and DH disciplines and traverses such diverse terrain -- all on the same bike -- Downieville's All-Mountain event has earned a reputation for crowning North America's best all-around mountain bike racer, as well as distinguishing the best all-around mountain bike on the market.

Schnell tackled the XC and DH race courses aboard a 29.74 lb Remedy, winning the XC event by two minutes (setting a new course record) and winning the DH race by nearly a minutes (setting another new course record).

"It was fun coming away with a couple of wins and a couple of course records," noted Schnell. "It was a stacked field with a bunch of big-hitting riders. A lot of guys came out of retirement for this one. The record course run [in the DH event] feels good because I started 43rd and had to pass nine guys. I ate dust the whole run, but I did it. I'm so stoked."

Asked about the performance of this race bike, Schnell sang the Remedy's praises: "The Remedy was sick. It pedals so well for such a long-travel bike. And obviously it descends amazingly well. It was the perfect set-up."

"Rad" Ross's All-Mountain World Championship Remedy Set-up:

Drivetrain, pedals, and brakes: Shimano XTR
Suspension Fork: RockShox Lyric (60 psi)
Rear Shock: RockShox Monarch 4.2 (125 psi)
Tires: Bontrager Jones ACX 2.35 tubeless ready, center knobs on the rear
 clipped off. 25 psi front, 27 rear.
Handlebar, Stem, Seatpost, and Saddle: Bontrager Race X Lite
Wheels:  Bontrager Rhythm Elite, rear custom built with Bontrager Race
 X Lite hub; front stock with 20mm thru axle
Grips: ESI

About the Trek/VW Racing Team:

One of the winningest teams and longest running partnerships in professional mountain biking, the Trek/VW Racing team is proudly sponsored by Volkswagen, JBL, Cytomax, RockShox, Shimano, Bontrager, Light and Motion, Cane Creek, DuMonde Tech, SixSixOne and SaraSportline.

About the Trek Remedy:

Trek's all-new Remedy combines the key proprietary technologies of Advanced Braking Pivot (ABP), E2, EVO Link, and Full Floater with a geometry and custom-tuned suspension that's dialed for All-Mountain riding. The 2008 Remedy is available in three different models, starting at $2859.99.

About Trek Bicycles:

Headquartered in Waterloo, Wisconsin, Trek Bicycle Corporation is a global leader in bicycle design and manufacturing. From the original hand-built steel touring frames introduced in 1976 to the revolutionary OCLV Carbon first introduced in 1992, Trek's passion for innovation, quality, and performance leads the industry with next-generation thinking and cutting-edge technology. With countless professional wins, including most recently the 2008 Giro d'Italia, Trek enjoys a rich tradition of victory in the world's premier cycling events. Today, with a broad range of bicycles and cycling products under the Trek, Gary Fisher, Bontrager, and Klein brand names, Trek continues to pursue new ways to bring the joy of cycling to all people.

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