MTB RacingMultivan MErida
Since 2004, the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM has achieved over 30 World Cup wins plus Olympic gold and silver medals. Their impressive list of success also includes 10 World and 11 European Championship titles (respectively), several 2nd places and bronze medals. MERIDA’s professional riders support our company’s reputation with stellar performances and they fulfil an important role as test pilots.
The MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM are provided with the latest equipment for testing, putting the bikes to the edge of capacity during training. They provide us with input on handling, details and safety. When the MULTIVAN riders dominate the competition they can rely on completely optimised configurations in the saddle of a MERIDA bike.
MERIDA riders benefit directly from our sportive dedication and success. The main objective is to meet riders’ individual demands in the best possible way for complete customer satisfaction. The MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM members represent all-out commitment on every level.
The Multivan stands for limitless leisure and sport mobility. The large capacity limousine is a practical and indispensable transporter for people who love sports such as cycling and surfing. With its flexible inner space the Multivan provides enough room for all bicycle racing equipment anyone could need.
„Merida is the ideal partner for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Both produce high-quality products and are amongst the world's most successful teams in their industry“ according to Stephan Schaller, brand board speaker for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
EliTe MTB TeamTeam Racers
At the end of 2012, Thomas Litscher was positioned 39th in the UCI world ranking. But this does not reflect the true strength of 2011’s under23 World Cross Country champion... more
Ondrej Cink was the youngest competitor in the London Olympic Games bike race at 21 years of age. The rider from the Czech Republic competed a courageous race... more
Elite MTB Team2012’S SEASON IN RETROSPECT
The biggest successes of 2012’s season
Gold Medal – World Championships XCE – Näf
Silver Medal – World Championships XCM – Dahle
Gold Medal – European Championships XCO – Dahle
Bronze Medal – European Championships XCO – Näf
4th – Olympic Race XCO –Hermida
2x World Cup Victory XCO – Dahle
1x World Cup Victory XCO – Team
1x 2nd World Cup – Hermida
1x 3rd World Cup – Näf
2x 5th World Cup – Hermida / Dahle
2nd overall ranking World Cup – Dahle
5th overall ranking World Cup – Hermida
3rd overall ranking World Cup – Team
Andalucia Bike Race Victory
3rd Cape Epic – overall ranking Kugler / Genze
UCI Worldcup, Team Ranking Cross Country
1. SPECIALIZED RACING 504
2. CANNONDALE FACTORY RACING 413
3. MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM 380
4. SCOTT - SWISSPOWER MTB RACING TEAM 352
Writing history of sports…
For the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM, the 2012 season brought some highly memorable successes that will find their way into the history of sports. Winning Worldcup races in La Bresse and Val d’Isère respectively, Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå now has won 28 times in 16 years, a truly outstanding career performance. These 28 wins equal the record of Julie Furtado, one of the dominating riders in the early days of mountain biking. Another performance for the history books was Ralph Näf’s win at the first world championships ever in the crosscountry eliminator format at Saalfelden. This marked a triumphant finale of Näf’s ten years with the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM.
Another impressive performance was the fact that four riders of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM made it to the London Olympic Games bike race. No other team could match that number, but an Olympic medal remained out of reach: José Hermida’s fourth-place finish was the best the team riders could do, and Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå had to endure a particularly frustrating Olympic race with an early crash and a mechanical throwing her out of contention. A few weeks later however, Dahle Flesjå was back to her own strength, adding a Silver medal at the Cross Country World championships to the European Cross Country champion title she had won in Moscow.
At the same European championships, Ralph Näf won a Bronze medal. José Hermida finished another season within the top 5 of the Worldcup overall standings, and the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM confirmed its status as one of the strongest teams in Cross Country racing. Nevertheless, the team’s management have decided to rejuvenate the line-up of the team for 2013. As MERIDA’s brand ambassadors, the two experienced professionals Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå and José Hermida continue as the team’s captains, and Rudi van Houts continues with the team. Ralph Näf and Jochen Käß have left the team. With the main focus of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM being Cross County Hannes Genze and Andreas Kugler have also left the squad.
… and a rejuvenated team for 2013
They are being replaced by the under 23 World Champions of 2011 and 2012, Switzerland’s Thomas Litscher and Ondrej Cink from the Czech Republic. «We expect these young, talented and hungry riders to put some pressure on our long time team members and at the same time learn the ropes from them in order to become contenders for wins in the elite category as well. Rudi van Houts is a connecting link between the talents and the seasoned riders», Andreas Rottler comments on the new signings. «The clear priority of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM is at the Cross Country Worldcup races and the expanded series of Cross Country eliminator races. We are also going to compete in selected stage and marathon races such as the Andalucia Bike Race or the ABSA Cape Epic.»
Andreas Rottler has handed over the position as manager of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM to his long-term assistant Fabian Aust. Rottler has been promoted to MERIDA Europe’s Director of Sport Marketing, coordinating the brand’s sponsoring effort in both mountainbiking and road cycling.