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  

About Michelin North America

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs, manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks and motorcycles. The Company has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires.  In addition to tires, the Company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America ( employs about 22,700 and operates 19 major manufacturing plants. Forbes magazine has ranked Michelin No. 1 on its annual survey of “Best Large Employers in America” for 2018. Learn more about purpose-driven careers with a purpose-driven company at


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