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Ferrand-Prévot raced her Obsess Advanced XC bike a few times in 2014, and will look to do more off-road races for Rabobank-Liv next season.

Liv Riders Vos, Ferrand-Prévot Add XC World Cup to 2015 Goals

December 17, 2014

With an eye toward competing at more off-road races in the future, Liv’s all-star duo of Marianne Vos and Pauline Ferrand-Prévot will represent the Rabobank-Liv team at select World Cup mountain bike events in 2015. Both riders stand out among their competitors as diverse athletes able to excel in multiple cycling disciplines. And with Rabobank-Liv now committing to World Cup XC racing, 2014 marks the final year of the current Liv Pro XC Team.

Ferrand-Prévot is coming off an incredible 2014 season that saw her win the elite women’s world championship on the road and also sweep the French national championships in road, time trial, cyclocross and cross-country. The 22-year-old also collected her first XC World Cup victories, winning races in the Czech Republic and Germany. For 2015, she is aiming to continue her success in various disciplines.

“I love being able to compete at the highest levels both on-road and off-road,” said Ferrand-Prévot. “A big part of why I ride is for the adventure, and it motivates me to try and excel in all the different disciplines. Liv is developing great bikes and gear for all the different types of riding that women do, and I love being part of that process.”

Vos, one of the most dominant athletes the sport of cycling has ever seen, is also a well-rounded competitor who likes to race in different formats. The 27-year-old Dutch star has won multiple world championships in road racing, track and cyclocross, and has also been successful in XC racing, including sweeping this year’s Sea Otter Classic XC races.

“I’m really looking forward to joining Pauline next year and doing some more World Cup mountain bike races,” said Vos. “We’re fortunate to be able to race as teammates on the road and have the freedom to focus on XC races at the top level as well. For me, that keeps it fun, being able to experience all different types of cycling competition.”

In addition to the Rabobank-Liv World Cup riders, Liv will also support up-and-coming U.S. rider Shayna Powless next year. The 20-year-old is the 2013 Under-23 women’s U.S champion and also competes at the collegiate level for the University of California Los Angeles. Last year Powless finished 12th at a Canadian World Cup and 19th at the World Championships in U23 competition.

Beyond Liv’s dedicated pro XC racers, Liv will also continue to support its strong network of brand ambassadors around the world. Adventurers such as author Shannon Galpin and off-road rider Katie Holden lead the brand in inspiring other women to ride.

Departing Liv’s racing team this year is longtime Giant and Liv athlete Kelli Emmett. The veteran off-road racer played a key role in helping the brands create winning off-road bikes and gear over the years. Everyone at Liv wishes Kelli the best as she pursues other racing goals in 2015.

All of the Liv off-road racers will have several bikes to choose from depending on the course and terrain. Their main race bike will be the Obsess Advanced, a superlight composite hardtail with 27.5 wheel technology that helped Ferrand-Prévot win two World Cups last year. And for more technical conditions, they can choose the Lust Advanced, a Maestro Suspension equipped bike that also features 27.5 wheel technology.

You can follow the Liv off-road riders all season long at Liv-cycling.com.