Ryan Sipes To Coastal Racing For 2016 Team

Ryan Sipes To Coastal Racing For 2016 TeamPhoto by Shan Moore

Coastal Racing announced this week its 2016 race team lineup, which will be managed by eight-time GNCC Champion Barry Hawk.

Headlining the team's effort is ISDE Overall Gold Medalist Ryan Sipes, who will contest the GNCC XC1 Pro Championship aboard a Husqvarna FC350. In addition to his recent ISDE achievements, Sipes concluded the 2015 GNCC season with National No. six, claiming five podium finishes amonge a highly-competitive field.

ISDE Junior World Trophy Team member Layne Michael will compete alongside Sipes on the Husqvarna-backed team, racing aboard an FC250 in the XC2 Pro Lites Class. In 2015, Michael earned three podium finishes in the XC2 Class before sitting out the second half of the season with a wrist injury.

Pennsylvania's Craig DeLong will join Michael in the XC2 Pro Lites Class, racing aboard a Husqvarna TC250. In 2014, the young DeLong earned the Top Amateur Award, along with a 250 A Championship, before making the move into XC2, where he finished an impressive fourth place in his debut season.