Thursday, January 21, 2010

DRD / Tomac Announces 2010 Team!

‘Dean Racing Development’ (DRD) is proud to announce the creation of a new professional mountain bike race team, lead by industry veteran Dylan Dean. This program was built to establish an elevated atmosphere for top cycling athletes, while guiding young talented riders for future cycling careers.

Joining DRD for the 2010 racing campaign will be Tomac Mountain Bikes. As the official frame supplier to DRD, Tomac’s dedication to the sport of mountain biking will help continue to relate the legendary brand’s name with true American racing. Equipped with high quality products (such as the Primer, Vanish, Snyper, Automatic & Cortez), the DRD Tomac team will without doubt be one of the most visible & recognizable teams on the North American circuit.

“I am a big fan of gravity racing, but there are so few programs that we want to be involved in,” said Tomac’s Joel Smith. “Dylan’s team is definitely the exception and we are excited & proud to be a part of it. It’s a great group of talented riders and we expect them to do some damage on the circuit this year.”

The 2010 DRD Tomac team roster includes highly successful & talented athletes such as pro riders Kieran Bennett (NZL), Robin Baloochi (USA), John Keep (USA), and junior rider Brad King (USA).

Kieran Bennett offers a competitive force and riding style which are highly visible on & off the track. As former New Zealand & Oceania Champion, Kieran will undoubtedly be a force to reckon with on the GRT circuit.

Robin Baloochi returns to competitive mountain bike racing after a small hiatus to further his schooling. Robin brings a wealth of knowledge, having been competitive on both the national & world cup circuit. Robin’s success in downhill and 4x will be a great asset to the team!

John Keep & Brad King are two young & extremely talented riders who will benefit from the experience of their teammates. John is a highly regarded downhill racer, having already accomplished his goal of California State champion in his first year as a professional. With great success at a variety of nationally recognized events, Brad will be a contender in the Junior category and make a strong bid for the US National junior downhill team.

“It’s a well balanced team,” stated Dylan Dean. “We have experienced riders, whom I have had the privilege of working with in the past, and a couple of young talents who can be developed in the perfect environment. Our focus will be here in North America, primarily the Pro Gravity Tour, where I am confident that we can perform extremely well. I look forward towards this inaugural season & working with our new sponsors!”

Official team sponsors and supporters will be announced at a later date.

The DRD Tomac team will make it’s official debut at the 2010 Sea Otter Classic, in Monterey, California. For more information on Dean Racing Development, please visit their website at, or contact Dylan Dean at

For more information on Tomac Mountain Bikes, please visit their website at, or contact Joel Smith at

About ‘Dean Racing Development’ (DRD)

DRD is a privately run organization, owned by industry veteran Dylan Dean, who’s commitment is to develop and further the growth the sport of mountain bike racing. The goal is to establish an elevated atmosphere for top cycling athletes, while guiding young talented riders for future cycling careers. Working with USA Cycling, DRD also directs the Professional Gravity Tour (Pro GRT) – the nation’s premier gravity mountain bike race series. Further information about DRD, or other assets owned &/or operated by Dylan Dean, can be obtained by visiting

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Brief Statement On Sam Blenkinsop Injury

from 23 Degrees Sports

Sam Blenkinsop has broken his left wrist during official training at the 2nd Round of the South Island Cup in New Zealand, in Dunedin.

Full details on the injury aren't available yet. Sam is flying back to his home town of Wanganui in order to have the wrist x-rayed in the morning, and have a full assessment made. The wrist was too swollen to be x-rayed in Dunedin.

Results will be known tomorrow and a recovery prognosis will be made. The injury is not thought to be too serious.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Leov Takes NZ National Rd 2; Blenkinsop Breaks Wrist

just got a quick update from Justin Leov who took the win at the 2nd round of the New Zealand National Series...

"Just finished a national round here in NZ. It was a super tech track, Blinky broke his wrist which wasnt good, claimed a few more too. I got the win over Cameron Cole and Brook Macdonald. Brook and Cam are riding really good this year."

Congrats to Justin on the win & we wish Sam Blenkinsop a quick recovery!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lost Emails

I sincerely apologize for not returning any emails... due to a computer glitch (ok, a complete meltdown) I have lost all my past emails. Please re-send any emails that I haven not replied to.


Dylan Dean

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Matti Lehikoinen Joins CRC/Intense!

We are delighted to announce that Matti Lehikoinen from Finland will be joining Team Chain Reaction for the 2010 race season.

Since finishing 2nd overall in 2007, Matti's World Cup seasons have been hampered by injury - he is now back to full health and in the middle of a tough winter training schedule preparing for the 2010 season.

The last 2 years have been hard on Matti - firstly he broke his back at the end of 2007, then breaking both his wrists in Canberra for the Australian round of the 2008 World Cup series. Matti then had another bad crash last year at the Bromont World Cup round breaking more bones and putting him out for the remainder of the season.

Matti is a great addition to the team roster... Team Chain Reaction Cyles/Intense fully believe in his ability and feel with the support of our team and his return to Intense frames will help him get back on the podium at World Cup level and allow him to achieve his goals for 2010.

On joining the team Matti Lehikoinen says:
"I am really exited to ride for Team Chain Reaction in 2010. I am looking forward to getting back on Intense and working together with CRC crew. I think with a good team behind me we are able to get me back on the podium. All my injuries are in the past now, I am healthy and looking forward to the up coming season. The past two years have been pretty hard for me due to my injuries but now I am really motivated and hungry for some good results in 2010!"

Team Riders for 2010

Chris Kovarik
Julien Camellini
Matti Lehikoinen
Claire Buchar
Matt Simmonds
Ruaridh Cunningham

A full list of our 2010 sponsors to follow shortly......

Nigel Page
Team Manager