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Canadian migration: tracking 2023 team moves

Canadian migration: tracking 2023 team moves

As 2022 winds down and riders start preparing for the 2023 season, many Canadian athletes are getting used to new bikes, new gear and new teams. It seems like an especially busy transfer season for the Canuck crew, with several high-profile changes and at least one major team disappearing (mostly).

If you’re trying to keep track of who is racing where, here’s our list of Canadian team moves. We’ll keep updating the list as we move into the new year and teams are finalized.

Mark Wallace ends his six-year run with Canyon CLLCTV. Photo: Clint Trahan / Crankworx

Downhill

Mark Wallace (Canyon CLLCTV -> ?)

After six years with Canyon, Mark Wallace is moving on.

Jake Jewett (Canyon CLLCTV -> Pivot Factory Racing)

Wallace’s Canadian teammate Jake Jewett takes off, too, for a new spot at Pivot Factory Racing.

Norco Factory Team

Gracey Hemstreet, Lucas Cruz remain at the streamlined Norco Factory program and will be joined by a mystery third rider. Elliot Jamieson remains with the brand, but in a new role. Sam Blenkinsop moves on while Henry Fitzgerald has not stated plans.

Tristan Lemire (Commencal Muc-Off -> ?)

After joining Commencal at 15, Quebec racer Tristan Lemire heads into the elite ranks with a new team.

JESSE Melamed and REmi Gauvin on the podium at the Whistler Enduro World Series

Enduro

Jesse Melamed (Rocky Mountain Race Face -> ?)

After winning the 2022 Enduro World Series season title, Jesse Melamed waves goodbye to his long-time team, Rocky Mountain Race Face.

We Are One enduro team

After one, fantastic year, We Are One is wrapping up its enduro experiment. Jack Menzies announced he’s moving to Propain Factory Team. The other three riders, Emmett Hancock, Jackob Tooke and Johnathan Helly have not stated plans yet.

Emmy Lan (Norco -> ?)

Emmy Lan stormed the 2022 under-21 women’s EWS season, winning the title and every individual race round she entered. Looks like that successs is translating to a new team for ’23.

Jenn Jackson races Bear Crossing GP
Jenn Jackson raced her last race in Canyon colours at Canadian CX nationals. Photo: Nick Iwanyshyn.

Cross country

Norco Factory Team

The XC side of Norco’s long-running team is folding. That left the remaining roster of five riders (and all staff) looking for new squads. The result, so far, is that Gwen Gibson moves up to Trek Factory Racing, Emilly Johnston lands at Trek Future Racing while Peter Disera joins his brother at Pivot Cycles-OTE.

Jenn Jackson (Canyon MTB Racing -> ?)

After just one year on Emily Batty’s Canyon MTB Racing squad, Jenn Jackson is moving on.

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