Wilton, Conn. – May 8, 2017 – GT Bicycles, a premium brand of Dorel Industries (TSX: DII.B, DII.A), announced the addition of 17-year-old Alessia Missiaggia of Italy, the 2016 UCI Junior Women’s Downhill World Champion, to its roster of pro athletes. As part of the GT Development Team, Missiaggia will have the support of the GT Factory Racing Team (GTFR). With a strong history of female riders, GTFR is the ultimate match for Missiaggia and will provide the ideal mentorship for her continued success.
Missiaggia began road racing at a young age, earning three National medals and the reputation as a cycling whiz. As she grew older, Missiaggia sought out new challenges and adventures in cycling and the excitement of Downhill racing caught her attention.
“I started racing Downhill because it was a completely different challenge from a road bike,” said Missiaggia. “Even though I still spend time training on the road, it is the thrill and aggressiveness of DH that always brings me back to it.”
As a first-year Junior competitor in 2016, Missiaggia won the Downhill World Championships by a margin of over 10 seconds on a GT Fury. On April 30th, Missiaggia took third place among the Junior Women at the UCI MTB World Cup in Lourdes, France. This season, however, Alessia has set some major goals including seeking to become the second Italian DH athlete to earn multiple World Championship titles as she defends her crown in Australia.
“I am so happy to be supported by GT this season after I had my best season ever on the Fury last year,” added Missiaggia. “The fastest riders in the world have been with GT, and it’s a big honor for me to follow them. I can’t wait to start the new World Cup season with the team. It’s a dream for me!”
“The crop of new riders coming up in the gravity scene is really exciting,” said Mark Maurissen, GTFR Team Manager. “Alessia will be surrounded by tremendous mentors such as Anneke Beerten, Rachel Strait, and Wyn Masters who have a ton of racing experience in gravity scene. They will help guide her into the next phase of her professional career.”