MORGAN HILL, CALIF.—Specialized rider Max Plaxton has opted out of the 2012 MTB World Championships, missing the event for the first time in ten years. It’s a disappointing end to what has been Max’s best season to date, but he’s optimistic that the time off will serve him well.
"Missing the World Championships for the first time since a first-year junior is a tough pill to swallow, but I need some time off mentally and most of all for a knee injury that's been causing problems since early July,” said Plaxton.
“With some quality time off to let the mind and body rest and recover, I am looking forward to next season and to carry on where I left off. Huge thanks to my amazing sponsors, Specialized and Cycling Canada for their support."
The 2012 season saw Max claim his second consecutive Canadian National XC Championship, his first World Cup podium, and the opportunity to represent Canada in the Olympic Games. We’re wishing Max a speedy recovery, and are excited to see what he can accomplish in 2013 and beyond.