Merida extends contracts of its three prolific MTB athletes

Merida team 2021
Dahle Flesjå, Hermida, and Ferreiro all get two-year deals with the German brand. (Image credit: Merida)

Merida has extended the contracts of Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå, José Antonio Hermida and Toni Ferreiro through the 2022 season. 

Dahle Flesjå and Hermida are both Olympians and Ferreiro races on the Enduro World Series circuit. 

While Dahle Flesjå retired from full-time XCO racing in 2018, the 2004 Olympic Gold Medal winner still toes the line in marathon-length races. A big goal for the Norwegian this year is the 560km Trondheim–Oslo race. 

"‘I am very excited to keep working with Merida," she said in an announcement. I have been part of the Merida family for a long time and love the way they operate." 

Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesja

Dahle Flesjå will target the 560km Trondheim–Oslo race this year.  (Image credit: Merida)

Hermida, a three-time World Champion who took fourth place at the 2004 Olympic Games, is also retired but has helped Merida develop the eONE-SIXTY and eONE-FORTY e-MTB products. Last year, he rode the 221km Pyrenees to the Sea route aboard an e-gravel bike. 

"Most of my major achievements have been onboard a Merida bike, and it is great to know that I will carry on promoting the name while closely working with the designers and engineers to take the brand to the next level," he said. 

Toni Ferreira

Toni Ferreira will race enduro and work on product development this year.  (Image credit: Merida)

Ferreiro races on the EWS and EWS-E circuits and has been working with the Merida R&D team on developing future enduro bikes. 

"I can’t wait to get the 2021 season started and be part of the exciting MY22 launch plans," the Spanish rider said. 

"It was an easy decision to extend the working relationships with our three key athletes, and we are looking forward to a hopefully less restrictive 2021 season," added Andreas Rottler, Director of Sport Marketing. 

Ryan Simonovich

Ryan Simonovich has been riding and racing for nearly a decade. He got his start as a cross-country mountain bike racer in California, where he cultivated his love for riding all types of bikes. Ryan eventually gravitated toward enduro and downhill racing but has also been found in the occasional road and cyclo-cross events. Today, he regularly rides the trails of Durango, Colorado, and is aiming to make a career out of chronicling the sport of cycling. 

Rides: Santa Cruz Hightower, Specialized Tarmac SL4