MERIDA is stepping away from the UCI-Mountain Bike Sport

After 16 successful years MERIDA will be finishing their support of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM on 31st December 2016 and will step away from Olympic Cross Country Racing (XCO). More than 30 World Cup wins, 15 World Championship titles, 15 European and countless national titles as well as an Olympic Gold and Silver medal have made this team the most successful UCI Mountain Bike team of all times. At the recent 2016 season finale at the bike park Vallnord / Andorra, the team managed to show their class once more by securing three second places.

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The purely strategic decision to step away from mountain bike racing presents the opportunity to take an ‘observer role’, comments MERIDA Director of Sports Marketing Andreas Rottler. ‘MERIDA will be back in mountain bike racing for sure after a time of reflection and orientation,’ continues Rottler.


The team is looking back at more than one and a half decades of successful international racing with an outstanding team spirit. ‘On behalf of the whole team I would like to express my deepest thanks to everybody who has accompanied us on our successful path,’ underlines Team Manager Fabian Aust, stressing the strong relationship with all team supporters.


Currently Spanish rider José Antonio Hermida, Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå from Norway, the Czech Ondrej Cink as well as Swiss rider Thomas Litscher race for the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM.


MERIDA wishes all athletes and team members the best in their future endeavours.


Andrew Steer, Sep 09 2016 11:43

The end of an era... such a cool team over the years. Hermida (as much for his character and ability) and Gunn Rita are absolute legends of the sport.

CAAD4, Sep 09 2016 01:45

And Cink was just starting to get warmed up....

Clinton H, Sep 09 2016 08:09

Really sad , another victim of the worlds tough economic times .

ridin dirty, Sep 10 2016 05:07

VW looking to put sponsor money elsewhere maybe, or Merida not seeing enough return?