GT Factory Racing

Sombrio is the official apparel sponsor of the 2016 GT Factory Racing team. Keep an eye out for this wild bunch putting Sombrio to the test at UCI World Cup and EWS tour stops all season.

Meet the Team

GT Factory Racer Brook Macdonald, sponsored by Sombrio

Brook MacDonald

GT Factory Racing | Disciplines: Downhill

During his career, Brook aka “Bulldog”’s fearless, charging riding style has delivered 18 top 10 results including a recent podium spot in Val Di Sole in 2015. This Kiwi is looking to extend his winning ways in the years to come.

Years as a Pro: 6 years

Languages Spoken: English

Favorite Bike: GT Fury

Favorite Event: UCI Val Di Sol

Favorite Place to Ride: Whistler and Rotorua

Favorite Food: Home cooked roast, Thai and Sushi

Favorite Beverage: Red Bull and Little Island Chocolate Coconut Milk

What would you be if you were not a rider? Professional rugby player

Connect with Brook:  @brookmacdonald6 //  Brook MacDonaldMTB // @BrookMacDonald


GT Factory Racer Sam Dale, sponsored by Sombrio

Sam Dale

GT Factory Racing | Disciplines: Downhill

The UK continues to produce world-class downhill talent and Sam Dale is staged to follow in the footsteps of his legendary British predecessors. Earning his first World Cup podium in 2015, this Cheshire bloke loves to go fast on anything with two wheels no matter the conditions.

Years as a Pro: 8 years

Languages Spoken: English, Franglais, Manc, Jibberish

Favorite Bike: GT Fury

Favorite Event: Fort William World Cup

Favorite Place to Ride: The woods down the road from home

Favorite Food: Eggs Benedict

Favorite Beverage: Ice cold water

What would you be if you were not a rider? A party animal

Connect with Sam:  @Samdale90 //  samdaleofficial //  @Sam_Dale


GT Factory Racer Wyn Masters, sponsored by Sombrio

 Wyn Masters

GT Factory Racing | Disciplines: Downhill, Enduro

What’s not to love about Wyn? Both a proven racer on the DH and Enduro circuits and a true performer off, Wyn is poised to create some noise in 2016. Look out world.

Years as a Pro: 4 years

Languages Spoken: English

Favorite Bike: GT Fury

Favorite Event: UCI DH Fort William

Favorite Place to Ride: Schladming, Austria

Favorite Food: Sushi

Favorite Beverage: Iced water

What would you be if you were not a rider? A world traveller

Connect with Wyn:  @wynmasters //  WynTV // @wynmasters


GT Factory Racer Anneke Beerten, sponsored by Sombrio

Anneke Beerten

GT Factory Racing | Disciplines: Enduro, Downhill, 4X

All hail the queen! The reigning Queen of Crankworx and a dominant force in Enduro over the past several seasons, Beerten is fired up to build upon her illustrious career.

Years as a Pro: 8 years

Languages Spoken: Dutch, German, English

Favorite Bike: GT Sanction

Favorite Event: Crankworx Whistler

Favorite Place to Ride: Colorado

Favorite Food: Dutch pancakes

Favorite Beverage: Water

What would you be if you were not a rider? No idea…

Connect with Anneke:  @annekebeerten //  annekebeertenracing


GT Factory Racer Jackson Frew, sponsored by Sombrio

Jackson Frew

GT Factory Racing | Disciplines: Downhill

I’m 17 years old from Canberra, Australia. At long last I’ve almost finished school for good! I’ve been riding bikes since I was about 3. I raced BMX for nearly 6 years before deciding to focus on downhill.

Years as a Pro: 2016 is the first!

Languages Spoken: English

Favorite Bike: Do I have to choose? Either the GT Fury or Sanction

Favorite Event: Crankworx Whistler

Favorite Place to Ride: Whistler

Favorite Food: Chicken Schnitzel

Favorite Beverage: McDonalds Sprite…yes it is different.

What would you be if you were not a rider? Besides bording, I don’t know.

Connect with Jackson: @jackson_67 //  jackson.frew // @jacksonfrew


GT Factory Racer Martin Maes, sponsored by Sombrio

Martin Maes

GT Factory Racing | Disciplines: Enduro, Downhill, Dual Slalom

What can’t Martin do? Coming off an extremely strong 2015, including a 2nd place finish at the UCI Junior Championships and 3rd at EWS Spain, the young phenom has proven himself as one of the top riders to watch.

Years as a Pro: 3 years

Languages Spoken: English, French

Favorite Bike: GT Distortion

Favorite Event: UCI Fort William, Whistler EWS, Sea Otter Dual Slalom

Favorite Place to Ride: Whistler, Home

Favorite Food: A nice steak!

Favorite Beverage: Water!

What would you be if you were not a rider? Lorry driver

Connect with Martin:   Martin.Maes.12  //  @maesmartin05


GT Factory Racer Rachel Throop, sponsored by Sombrio

Rachel Throop

GT Factory Racing | Disciplines: Enduro, XC

Rachel began riding XC when she was 7, entering (and winning) her first competition at age 10. In 2006, she was named “Junior Expert National XC Champion”, landing her on the World Championships in Rotorua, NZ. After taking a brief hiatus from my racing career to earn her degree, Rachel started riding again and fostered a new fascination with the steep, technical trails - and new love for Enduro was formed. Rachel has been 100% full throttle ever since!

Years as a Pro: 3 years

Languages Spoken: English and Spanglish

Favorite Bike: GT Helion and Force X

Favorite Event: To race – Big Mountain Enduro Keystone; To Watch – Rampage

Favorite Place to Ride: Too many favorites to name just one

Favorite Food: Lasagna and pizza!

Favorite Beverage: Iced tea and loveee Moscow Mules

What would you be if you were not a rider? A fitness instructor/trainer or a sports agent!

Connect with Rachel: @Rachel_Throop //  RachellThroop


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