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Response from Trek:
"The last several weeks have been a very difficult period for our company as
owners of the Trek World Racing program. Despite the fact that on August 9 of
last year, Aaron Gwin signed a legally binding Letter Of Intent with our team
for the next three seasons, his agent wrote an email to the team in mid-
December stating he had decided to race for another bike brand. Mr Gwin
confirmed his agreement with our team in public statements, and he and his
agent repeatedly confirmed the existence of, and commitment to, the agreement
in written correspondence with us. Yet, only weeks before the team was
required to submit the official team roster to UCI, Mr Gwin informed the team
that he was abandoning TWR in total disregard of his contractual obligations.
The team reached out on several occasions in December in order to try and
remedy whatever concerns Mr Gwin had, but these were ignored until the team
received a letter from his Attorneys on December 27 stating he would not ride
for our team. In the interests of the team and our sponsors, we are actively
pursuing all options open to us at this point, including legal action, and
remain completely surprised by Mr Gwin’s unprofessional actions.
Team Director Martin Whiteley says: “This has not been an easy time for us. In
the bigger picture however I find positivity in the fact that the Trek World
Racing program will continue regardless of the outcome of this dispute, as no
single rider is bigger than the team as a whole. Every rider who has been on
our Downhill program has had the best years of their career with us, and we
will continue to bring on talented riders. The team has a history of helping
riders win who had not previously won, including Aaron Gwin. It’s our
intention to continue that type of record with new talent. I would personally
like to acknowledge the complete support and loyalty we’ve received from our
title sponsor Trek Bikes who have been unwavering in their commitment to the
program since this news broke. In the interests of the fans, we hope this
matter will be resolved sooner rather than later"
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