Giant Group Canada is proud to announce the relaunch of its new Giant Canada Off-Road Team for 2021. Following on from the delays to racing in 2020 due to the pandemic we are excited to reboot the team with some new additions. After a hiatus from the Canadian race scene for many years, the introduction of this new team sets out to show the development of our class-leading product in a racing environment. Giant Group Canada expands the program to include 2 promising young females. The team has been created to support these youth and junior riders as they look to take the next step in their cycling careers.
Having spent 2019-2020 racing in Giant Colors, Cody Scott (North Vancouver, BC) will return to spearhead our Cross-Country Junior Team in U-23. Now entering his first season at this level his target will be to develop as a rider, with the aim of representing Canada at a World Level. Following his breakout season in Cyclocross, we will see him step into U-23 with the motivation to return to Europe and race at the upper levels of the sport.
Joining Cody once again will be Lief Rodgers (Port Moody, BC). Lief has been racing since he was just 7 years old. Starting with BMX he quickly moved to cross country racing. Multi Provincial Champion in many disciplines he makes the move to join Cody at U-23 in cyclocross after missing his final year as a junior. Both riders have big goals with World championships being hosted in Fayetteville, Arkansas in 2022. before that happens Lief will race a season in U-19 for MTB.
The last rider joining the cross-country team will be Noah Rubuliak (Kelowna, BC). Noah comes from a long line of fast Rubuliak’s (Brother Jacob is the current National TT and CX Champ, Father was BC Provincial Champ) and has been supported by Giant for the last few seasons. He makes the jump to the National Team following a stellar season becoming BC Provincial Champ in XCO/CX and 2nd place at CX National Championships. Already crowned the U-17 CX Provincial Champion he will ride U-17 in XCO at a National Level.
“We are excited to get back to Racing and supporting these promising young riders. 2020 was meant to be a break-out year for all the riders. We are optimistic that the team can get to race in a safe environment in 2021. We have chosen riders that exemplify what Giant as a brand stands for. We love the passion, commitment and family support each rider has. It is an honour to support them with Product that can get them to the next level in the sport” Paul McCarthy, Team Manager, Giant Canada Off-Road Team.
“We’ve always felt that there is a bit of void for riders in this age group, where they are striving for that next level and just need some time to get there. We are happy to give them that time; to help them develop and learn, not only how to train, race and win, but also how to represent themselves and their sponsors.” Steve Devantier – Representing Giant Canada.
New for 2021 will be the introduction of two new riders to the team. Joining the boys will be two of the fastest up-and-coming females in the country. Geza Rodgers (Port Moody, BC) is no stranger to a competitive environment. Coming from a racing family and the Devo Program in Vancouver she has multiple titles in XCO and CX. She is very focused on her racing and has been mentored in the past by Sandra Walter (Liv Racing Collective) under the Ride Like a Girl program.
Another exciting addition to the team will be Tayte Proulx-Royds from Kelowna, BC. She brings a new aspect to the team with her ability to shine on any kind of bike. From racing XCO and being CX Provincial Champion to Enduro/DH racing and dirt jumping. Tayte's style alongside her family support makes her another rider to watch in the future. Both the girls will be racing in our new Liv Canada Off-Road Team colors and will be using our extensive line of products made exclusively for females.
“With constant efforts to create more cycling opportunities for girls and women in Canada, we are really excited to expand our GCORT program to Liv in 2021. We will be supporting Tayte and Geza with race-proven products, and throughout the year, they will have the chance to connect with our global community of renowned athletes and ambassadors. Tayte and Geza are so versatile and creative, we just can't wait to watch them between the tapes and beyond!” Vanessa Lebrun - Liv Brand Specialist at Giant Canada.
The team will be a true family affair as they will push and support each other at events across the Country. They will be riding a selection of Bikes from Giant and Liv Bicycles including the all-new Reign Advanced 29, Anthem Advanced 29, Trance X, Intrigue Advanced Pro 29 and Pique Advanced Pro 29. Their new team apparel will be provided by Giant’s in-house Custom Clothing Program alongside our Rev, Infinita and Rail MIPS Helmets, Line, Tesca and Surge Shoes and Clutch on-bike storage tools.
Supporting the Team will be another local Industry partner, RaceFace – Easton – Fox who is based in Burnaby, BC. They will be providing components to help the team reach podiums in Cross Country, Enduro and Cyclocross. “Giant Canada/Liv Canada has put together a great group of fast junior racers and FOX is excited to be supporting this team. Canada has a history of generating world-class mountain bike athletes and those careers are often launched out of projects like this.” Craig Richey – FOX Director of Marketing.
100% Bike distributor Orange Supply Sport will help to provide visibility and protection with their line of Performance Glasses, Gloves and Full-Face helmets. "100% Canada and Orange Sport Supply are extremely excited to be partnering with the Giant Canada Off-Road Team for 2021. We’re looking forward to supporting them in the coming year, full of racing and riding" Chris Courtney, Orange Sport Supply.
HLC is the biggest distributor of Bicycle Products across North America and will be supporting the Team with any additional needs to keep their bikes running throughout the season. “HLC is thrilled for the opportunity to partner with the Giant Canada Off-Road Team on this fantastic initiative and support the next wave of Canadian mountain bike athletes! We’re proud they’ve chosen to use some of our distributed brands like Muc-Off and Maxxis to perform at the highest levels and showcase these brands in competition and training all while ensuring that their equipment is running clean and protected. Giving them access to best in class products is something we take a tremendous amount of pride in. Good luck this year to all team members!” Kevin Calhoun, Sales Rep – BC Lower Mainland, HLC Bike.