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GT Bicycles Partners with Viris to Launch the GT Viris Youth Development Team

GT Bicycles Launch GT Viris Youth Development Team. GT Bicycles is proud to announce a partnership with Viris, a UK-based eyewear brand, to roll out a youth development downhill and enduro race team.

The GT Viris Team will be led by World Cup legend and king of shred Andy Ward. Ward is the founder of Viris brand and is excited to bring his extensive experience of what it takes to be part of a successful team to this new project.

The team consists of five passionate and talented downhill and enduro riders from all over the UK. The riders have formed great friendships on and off the bike and are keen to be part of a program that will bring them to the next level both mentally and physically in a unique and supportive team environment.

GT Bicycles is proud to support the team with GT Fury Downhill and GT Force enduro bikes that will support each rider to train and compete with podium goals in the forefront.

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The team riders are:

  • Oscar Griffiths: 14 years old from Hampshire, England
  • Felix Griffiths: 12 years old from Hampshire, England
  • Logan Smith: 15 years old from Scotland
  • Luke Blake: 17 years old from Kent, England
  • Lewis Duncan: 15 years old from Scotland
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The team will be focusing on the five rounds of the UK National Downhill Series starting on July 10th at Hamsterley Forest and will be racing (and chilling out) at the GT Bicycles Malvern Hills Classic in August.

The team is also supported by Shred The Gnar, Burgtec, Mudhugger, Rimpact, Magura, Kingud, Praep and Crank Brothers.

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“It’s great to be working with an iconic brand such as GT as their racing pedigree is second to none. Together with my experience of developing young athletes and the support of this awesome brand we have a great opportunity to develop and guide the next generation of World Cup athletes. I am extremely impressed with the riding ability and personalities of the five riders we have chosen and can’t wait to see them race. Let the good times begin!”

Andy WardTeam Manager
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“We had a great day putting together the launch video and I was super impressed not only with the lads’ riding but also their passion for the sport and support for each other. Under the mentorship of Andy, I am excited to see these guys race, progress together as a young team, and for all of them to reach their protentional as athletes. Exciting times!”

Graham UptonGT UK Sports Marketing Manager
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So what do you think of the new GT Bicycles Launch GT Viris Youth Development Team? Think GT Bicycles have made a move in the right direction pushing athletes whilst they are young? Have you tried any of the Viris Brand products? Want to see more youth development teams?

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Will Brett-Atkin

Will Brett-Atkin

Will (@willbrettbikes) is the founder and creator of One Track Mind Mag. He is an award-winning Digital Product Designer and has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world. When not behind a computer screen Will likes to be out in nature riding natural trails with friends. He also likes to dabble in a bit of Enduro racing and has had some great results racing in the UK

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