By 2022 Hofer will cross the finish line of twenty-one elite racing seasons. Over twenty years, therefore, of efforts, of competitions, of climbs and descents, of thousands of kilometers traveled, of satisfactions and of overcome difficulties.

Franz Hofer, the captain of the Bottecchia Factory Team, was not only reconfirmed by the president Alessandro Anzivino and the staff, but he also renewed his contract for another two years. This testifies to how much the Trentino athlete has become a point of reference for training in Prato. There is no lack of enthusiasm and determination for the competitive appointments of the fat wheels calendar. “I still have a lot of incentives to want to achieve excellent results – confirmed Hofer – I am preparing at my best, as mountain biking continues to be an exciting challenge for me.

“Furthermore, the union with the Bottecchia Factory Team will certainly be positive and there are many expectations placed in the new management of the team. Hofer himself did his utmost, so that this metamorphosis and this new partnership could become concrete.

“Being a Bottecchia Factory Team is certainly an advantage – emphasized Hofer – because not only does the company allow us to run with high-level material, but also to be able to count on an even more accurate logistic organization. We should commit ourselves to keep Bottecchia’s name high in Italian and foreign events.

This year, then, Hofer will be able to count on the support of more experienced bikers such as Domenico Valerio and Francesco Bonetto. His experience, however, will certainly be precious for young people under 23 including Tobias Oberhammer, Riccardo Servadei, Gianantonio Mazzola, Andrea Piantoni and Daniele Feola.