After an incredible season at Trinity Racing, both Christopher Blevins and Haley Batten have been picked up by the factory team at Specialized. Here’s the full SFR team roster for 2022:
Christopher Blevins, the 2021 XCC World Champion and winner of the final XCO World Cup in Snowshoe, joins SFR on a multi-year contract, allowing the American rider to compete across multiple disciplines.
Christopher Blevins: “I am excited to join SFR. It is a great environment, and a lot of excitement is building towards the 2022 season, which will include the Cape Epic, XCO World Cups, and everything in between. The SFR setup provides me with world-class equipment, but what makes me feel at home is the environment within the team. Everyone in the team has heart, and there is some good humor too, so when things get hard, everybody stands together. I am targeting the Cape Epic. It is a race that I have wanted to do for a long time, and now that I am old enough to handle it, I am going there to win. With nine world cup XCO races in 2022, there are plenty of races to peak for, along with some short track races. The short track is inspiring, and I would love to fight for a podium spot there. Being on the same team as Jordan Sarrou and Gerhard Kerschbaumer is exciting, and I look forward to learning from them.”
Haley Batten: “Being part of Specialized Factory Racing team for 2022 is extremely motivating for me. The program is built with passion and big goals, which is an environment I’m excited to be part of. After progressing as an athlete in 2021, I believe that this team and the people involved will help me improve and prepare for the season to come. As my second season in the elite World Cup in 2022, I’d like to show more consistency and make my mark on big events like World Championships. I know that there are a lot of aspects of my preparation that I can continue to improve upon, so I plan to show that I am capable of being one of the top riders in the world.”
Batten and Blevins will join Sina Frei, Jordan Sarrou, Laura Stigger and Gerhard Kerschbaumer to form a six person Factory Team under the leadership of team boss, Benno Willeit.