One of the most successful riders on the North American mountain bike circuit with 75 career medals and 16-times US National XC wins, Canadian Geoff Kabush found out today that Rocky Mountain will be not be continuing as one of his co-title sponsors for 2012.
He announced it to the world with a single tweet that said it all: “Looking for a job for next year…..”
The good news is that Maxxis, his other sponsor is on-board. “Maxxis decided, and I’ve known for awhile, that they weren’t going to continue with their mountain bike team. They’re just changing direction for a bit but they were still and they still are going to be a big supporter of me as an individual.” Kabush told podiuminsight today.
“The first thing naturally that we were trying to work on was continuing with Rocky Mountain which made a lot of sense. So we’ve been going back and forth since we found that out, trying to work something out. I thought we were pretty close and then it came to an end today, I got the word that they didn’t see it as an option to continue.”
The bad news, especially with 2012 being an Olympic year, came as a bit of a surprise. “I thought it was a natural fit for the marketing but they’ve decided not to continue so it’s put me in a bit of a scramble now but talking to lots of people and trying to figure out how to make things work for next year.”
It’s not the first time that the 34-year old rider was left without a sponsor. “The last time it happened it was 2004, sometimes change is a good thing.”
Kabush started working with Maxxis in 2004. Rocky Mountain joined as a co-title sponsor in 2009.
Having just returned from a training ride, Kabush continued, “The only thing I can keep doing is training as hard as I can, obviously it’s pretty motivating when you don’t have a contract. I’ll continue to work hard and race cross.”
He’s putting together a package for potential sponsors. “Budgets are getting eating up pretty quick with companies’ plans. I’m trying to get the word out, make it known that I’m available and see if there’s a fit with different companies.”
The two-times Olympian is open to different options, including becoming a team of one. “Obviously I’m talking to a lot of the other companies and teams to see if I can fit into an existing program but it’s also an option while talking to different companies to see if they’d want to come in as a bike sponsor.”
One of the ideas could be to run two different programs, one for cyclocross and one for mountain bike.
“We’d already talked about it with Rocky, to see if they’d be interested to see a bit more focus on cross.” said Kabush who finished second at the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross New Belgium Cup a few weekends ago.
However, the focus for now is on the London Olympic Games. Once that is done, Kabush is entertaining the idea of a more diverse program.
“Cross, Enduro racing is coming to the forefront a bit more, World Cups, a bunch of different things, I’m looking for a company that has those goals as well, hopefully we can sort this out.”
Kabush is not done. “I wasn’t satisfied with my season, I finished strong, top 10 at Worlds, had a seventh at the Ste Anne Word Cup. I definitely want more.”
Read more about Kabush in our interview done earlier this year.