Less than a week after it revealed its first team rider, Sabrina Enaux of France, the Felt Ötztal X-Bionic World Cup team announced a second signing. Adelheid Morath, the 25-year-old German national marathon champion, is the latest addition to the team.
Morath is considered one of the most talented young XC competitors in Europe. She competed at the 2008 Beijing Olympics by finishing second at the German qualifier event, just behind Olympic gold medalist Sabine Spitz. Despite some technical difficulties during the race in Beijing, Morath still finished 18th. And now her focus is on the 2012 Games in London.
Morath said she is excited about her new team. “For me it is a big chance to develop,” she said. “The team philosophy with its focus on London 2012, matches my own personal ambitions.”
Jorg Scheiderbaur, sports director of the Felt Ötztal X-Bionic team, said he has high hopes for Morath. “Adelheid is the German rider of the future,” Scheiderbaur said. “We will work closely with her and want to establish her in world class mountain biking.”
Stay tuned for more news to come as the new Felt Ötztal X-Bionic team continues to take shape for 2010.