June 09 2021
Matt Walker has signed a new deal with the Madison Saracen Factory Race Team, extending his contract through to the end of the 2024 season.
The news comes as the UCI Downhill World Cup Champion prepares to defend his title, with the opening round of world cup competition due to take place this weekend in Leogang, Austria.
With the 2020 season taking a shape that nobody could have envisioned, Matt’s win was a huge lift for the team and a massive testament to all the hard work he’s put in as a rider. This new contract is both a reward for Matt’s achievements and a show of faith and support from everyone at Madison Saracen that he has the full backing of the team going forward.
Matt himself is excited about his future with the team, and said:
“I’m really proud to have re-signed with Madison Saracen until the end of 2024. It’s a privilege to work with people who are equally as passionate as me about winning bike races. After eight fantastic years with the team, I owe everything to them. I really feel that this is where I belong and I’d love to continue bringing them as much success as possible in the years to come.”
Will Longden, Madison Saracen team manager is equally delighted with the extension, saying:
“It means a lot to me that Matt has put his trust in Madison to continue supporting him at a pivotal point in his career. I’ve been fortunate enough to be along on his journey for a few years now and I’m incredibly proud of the dedicated athlete he has become. We’re ready and excited for whatever comes next.”
Dominic Langan, CEO at Madison, said:
“We are delighted to have Matt agree to continue to ride for Madison Saracen until at least 2024. Matt’s work ethic, focus and drive to win races is exactly what we are looking for in a rider as well as being such a great ambassador for all the brands behind the team.”
MATT'S MADISON SARACEN HISTORY
Matt first joined Madison Saracen in 2014 as a first-year youth rider as part of the development squad. In 2016 he was welcomed to the Factory Team and went on to win a round of the junior world cup, as well as the junior world championships.
Graduating to the senior ranks in 2018, Matt took his first elite-level world cup top-10 on only his second appearance, before stepping onto the world cup podium in 2019.
Matt stepped up again in 2020, with four consecutive podium appearances enough to secure him the overall world cup title.
Fans can watch Matt and all the team in action at round one of the 2021 UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup, live on Red Bull TV.