Deubel Announces New Members to the XC Racing Team

Words by Deubel | Images by Deubel

For 2013, we have hand selected 3 special men to compete for us in the Cross Country Rocky Trail Entertainment 7hr Grand Prix for the series.

We welcome Matthew Harrington, Richard Napper and Brent Dravitzki.

Matthew Harrington.

Matthew joins the Deubel Racing team to compete in Cross Country events such as the Rocky Trail 7hr Grand Prix for the 2013 series.  Matthew’s achievements started as a young boy in 1980 when he competed in the BMX Enduro & Cross Country event in Mid Wales, UK.  The 1990’s saw him competing in what was the beginning of full suspension downhill racing in the UK, achieving top 10 scores for Youth & Junior.  From 2005, Matthew took on Megavalanche finishing 48th, in 2008 he came 2nd in the Avalanche Enduro at Kielder Forest and for 3 years was #1 target man for UK North v South Mates DH series, which put him into the Dirt Magazine.  2009 to 2010 had him racing a 1 day 8,000m DH Enduro in France, an Alpine refuge DH Tour in Switzerland and a Fred Whitton Charity Sportive in the Lake District.  He then relocated to Australian in 2011 where he competed in All-Mountain races coming in at the Top 5 in both Masters & Elite categories.  We are proud to have Matthew on board and look forward to sharing his future achievements with the Deubel Racing team.

Richard Napper.

Also known as Richard “Danger” Napper, he joins the Deubel Racing team to compete in Cross Country events such as the Rocky Trail 7hr Grand Prix for the 2013 series.  Richard’s past has seen him dabbling into downhill, dirt jumping, cross country, road, BMX and all-mountain riding, basically a love of all things bike and dirt.  Growing up in Canberra, his riding hot sports were of course Mt Stromlo, Majura and Melba BMX track whilst working at the local bike shop to bankroll vital equipment for his bike. Richard’s major achievements include 1st Place in the 16kg bike category at the Turramurra Cycles Dirt Crit in 2005.  3rd Place in Sport Men category for the Downhill Australian Mountain bike championships in 2007.  2nd Place in Men’s single speed category for the Dirt works 100km Classic in 2007. 5th Place for the solo single speed at the Sydney Fat tire festival 8 hour in 2010, and 2nd Place in Expert category for the Rocky Trail Rollercoaster in 2012.  In Richard’s words “I’m stoked to be riding the 2UP for the Deubel Racing team. The bike suits an aggressive riding style and being Australian made, is a bonus”.  We too are stoked that Richard joins the team.

Brent Dravitzki.

Swaggering onto the Northern beaches scene with only 2 years of riding experience to back him up, Brent “BDog” Dravitzki is living proof that you can take up riding at any age. Don’t let his lack of experience fool you… a misspent youth ragging on motorbikes has left this native New Zealander with an eye for dirt, which when coupled with a stubborn dogged determination, makes him a force to be reckoned with on the trail.

Brent is thrilled to be representing the Deubel Racing team in the Rocky Trail 7hr Grand Prix. Battling a recent obsession to all things loam and strava related, he is looking forward to that next hit whilst charging on the 2UP and we are excited to have him on board. In his words “The quality Aussie engineering and brilliant adaptable design of the Deubel 2UP is pure stoke”.

They will compete in the 5 rounds of the series in the ‘Elite 2 Man Team’ category and we are very pleased to have them on board.  First race for the season is next Sat 23 February at Awaba.

For more information and details about the rest of team visit our Racing Team page on the website.

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