Geoff Kabush was all smiles this weekend in Bend, not only did he race himself into second overall at the Exergy US Gran Prix of Cyclocross, but a weight was off his shoulders. A new sponsor, SCOTT Sports, was on board to help him pursue a mountain bike medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
“It’s really exciting to go to talk to SCOTT and they really came to the table with a long-term deal so I’m going with SCOTT for at least the next three years. It’s a pretty exciting company, obviously one of my goals is to be the best and race for the podium and their bikes and technology are top of the line.” Kabush told podiuminsight.
At the end of October, one of the most successful riders on the North American mountain bike circuit with 75 career medals and 16-times US National XC wins, Kabush announced that he was looking for a sponsor after three years with Rocky Mountain.
“Not the thing that you want to be dealing with going into an Olympic year. We were trying to make it happen with Rocky Mountain for another year but with their priorities changing it didn’t work out but sometimes change is really good.”
A new XC team, SCOTT- 3Rox Racing Team, was formed with headliner Kabush who will be racing aboard the SCOTT Spark and Scale mountain bikes.
“Scott is the driving force and the other fun part is that I’m going to be joining a Canadian team based in Toronto, 3Rox Racing, who’s been working with SCOTT and a lot of similar sponsors, building a program the last several years.” Kabush continued. “I know a lot of those guys from racing with the national team and it’s going to be a really fun group to hang out with and race with. Gary is coming on board to work with me again on the mechanical side so it’s going to be a great situation for me.”
A lot of options were on the table, but one of the reasons the Canadian chose SCOTT was a opportunity that he characterized beyond racing, both for the sponsor and for himself.
“One of the attractive things I talked to SCOTT about what just their product development plans for the next several years. I get to be a part of a lot of exciting things to bring to the market.” Kabush said with a smile. “Beyond racing, future plans that are very attractive so I’m looking forwards to that.”
Kabush will target the UCI World Cups, the Summer Olympics and select North American events. And cyclocross will also be on the schedule in the fall.
“They have fantastic bikes across their entire lineup and they have some really nice cross bikes.” Kabush said. “Definitely the Olympics will be the focus and we’ll be expanding the schedule beyond that, include cross as well as some other things.”
In his last race of the season, Kabush claimed third at day two of the Deschutes Brewery Cup. After an evening of celebration, the 34-year old will now focus on getting ready for next year’s mountain bike season.
Joining Kabush in the SCOTT-3Rox Racing Team for 2012 are Derek Zandstra, Cam Jette, Tyson Wagler, Marc-Antoine Nadon, Amanda Sin, Mikaela Kofman and Laura Bietola.