Posted on March 25, 2019

Michelin Returns to Downhill Mountain Biking in 2019


Aiming for the top with team MS Mondraker

Greenville, S.C., March 26, 2019 — Michelin enters a landmark racing season this year as it returns to downhill mountain biking to participate in several of the world’s most competitive events.

Michelin will sponsor an exciting program of downhill events in 2019 in association with team MS Mondraker, which secured three Enduro World Series crowns last season. Team MS Mondraker is based in Alicante, Spain. After securing three Enduro World Series crowns last season, Michelin will sponsor an exciting program of downhill events in 2019 in association with team MS Mondraker, based in Alicante, Spain. The team’s lineup includes Laurie Greenland, who collected four podium finishes in 2018, and Brook MacDonald, who finished third in two World Cup rounds.

“Downhill mountain bike racing punishes athletes and equipment without mercy or bias,” said Shane Messner, Michelin director of two-wheel for North America. “The extreme force both must endure offers an ideal laboratory for Michelin to test and develop tire innovations for new consumer products expected to launch in 2020. Downhill racing allows us to refine grip, strength and agility for the many types of rapidly shifting terrains the downhill rider must conquer.”

Michelin’s 2019 events with team MS Mondraker include:

  • UCI MTB World Cup Series: Maribor, Slovenia, March 19–24; Fort William, Scotland, June 1–2; Leogang, Austria, June 8–9; Andorra, France, July 6–7; Les Gets, France, July 13–14; Val di Sole, Italy, Aug. 3–4; Lenzerheide, Switzerland, Aug. 10–11; Snowshoe, W. Va., Sept. 7–8
  • Crankworx: Rotorua, New Zealand, March 19–24; Innsbruck, Austria, June 12–16
  • UCI MTB World Championships: Mont-Saint-Anne, Canada, Aug. 31–Sept. 2

Follow Michelin’s support of MS Mondraker throughout the competitive season at @michelinbicycle on Instagram or online at  


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Michelin, the leading mobility company, is working with tires, around tires and beyond tires to enable Motion for Life. Dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility and sustainability, Michelin designs and distributes the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its customers’ needs. Michelin provides digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences. Bringing its expertise to new markets, the company is investing in high-technology materials, 3D printing and hydrogen, to serve a wide variety of industries — from aerospace to biotech. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Michelin North America has approximately 22,500 employees and operates 34 production facilities in the United States and Canada. (