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Here at Vital we are always stoked to get good news, and it doesn't come much better than this! Seeing Eliot in a position to get back to what he loves is fantastic, and we are already looking forward to a more steezy World Cup in 2014 as a result. And at the same time, Micayla Gatto gets to focus all of her energy on racing, with full factory support behind her - we can't wait to see her mix it up with the top girls on tour. Congrats to both!

Press Release:

Pivot Cycles are extremely pleased to announce that Eliot Jackson and Micayla Gatto will be joining Bernard Kerr on the Pivot Cycles Factory Race Team for 2014!

The first year of the Pivot Cycles Factory Team in 2013 exceeded expectations and only got stronger as the year went on. Bernard Kerr was able to join an elite group of riders by breaking into the top ten at the Hafjell World Cup, as well as placing 8th in the Canadian Open DH and 4th at the Bringewood British National Round. The team plans to build on this success with what we believe to be the most exciting, stylish and complementary roster of the 2014 season.

Eliot Jackson is able to do things that seem to defy logic, all while being humble, approachable and down to earth. Now that he is not focusing 100% of his efforts on winning World Cups, he has more time to do what he does best: ride a bike like no one else in the world does. Eliot brings an enthusiasm and positivity to the team and circuit that is unparalleled and we are happy to have him as a part of Pivot Cycles family.

Eliot doing what Eliot does. Photo by Aaron Chao

Eliot says "I don't think I can express how happy and fortunate I am to be riding in the 2014 season! Pivot Cycles have given me an opportunity of a lifetime and I can't wait to hit the slopes with two of my best friends, Micayla and Bernard. While I will be racing, my main focus this year is showing everyone just how great these bikes are and producing content for all of you to enjoy. I've made a lot of progress with my illness, which will allow me to do this safely and comfortably. This is probably a huge surprise to pretty much everyone, but who doesn't like a nice surprise every now and then? "

Master of making gaps out of everything. Photo by gordo

When we learned Micayla was a free agent for the 2014 season, we jumped at the opportunity to bring her on-board. The talented young female from Canada has had an astounding amount of success over the past few years including podiums at Crankworx, Sea Otter and a UCI World Cup round, in addition to being reigning Canadian National Champion. What is astonishing is she has been able to achieve this all on her own, with no team behind her. With the support of the Pivot Cycles Factory Team in 2014, we believe Micayla will be able to show her true potential.

Micayla says "Being named to the Pivot Cycles Factory Team for 2014 is a dream come true. The bikes look amazing and I cannot wait to test them out. I'm so excited to be doing something fresh and different, and to be on a team with two of my best friends from the WC race circuit. Our team dynamic is going to be INSANE! Bernard and Eliot are so incredibly talented, friendly, easygoing and outgoing guys, it's an honour to be put beside them on the team. Nothing but greatness will come from this collaboration of top-notch products, best friends, and racing around the world. This kind of support and recognition is a goal I've been striving to reach for my entire career; I could not be more excited!!"

Dirt have a chat with Micayla

Bernard says "I am so excited for the year ahead as Pivot make the best bikes and know exactly what we need to be able to train and race at 100%. Having the opportunity to ride along side Eliot and Micyala on the same team is a dream come true...we all get along so well and have so much fun...and for me fun is the key to riding bikes and chasing that podium!"

The team will be competing in all the UCI World Cups, both European and Whistler Crankworx, select British Nationals and other high profile events.

The 2014 Pivot Factory Race Team would like to thank their amazing sponsors, without them none of this would be possible: Pivot Cycles, Raceface, Reynolds, X-Fusion Shox, Schwalbe Tyres, Jet Black Cycling, Replay XD, Bluegrass and Leatt.

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