Become a sponsored privateer with Vitus and the DirtFund Project!

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The DirtFund Project is a volunteer and a completely non-profit effort, established in November 2020 by Daniel O’Shea and a bunch of mountain bike mates. Its goal is to help privateer EWS & WCDH racers from the UK and Ireland fulfil their dreams.

In 2021, cash grants of 1000GBP/Eur were handed out to eight privateer racers. This year, they’ve established a collaboration with Vitus to provide even more support to two lucky riders. The DirtFund Project Vitus Privateer Programme will see two riders, one male and one female, supported for the 2022 Race season with a brand-new Vitus bike, choosing from the Sommet, Dominer, or E-Sommet models. Riders will also get to keep the bike at the end of season. Additionally, the successful
riders will also receive Strength Factory coaching and Muc-Off kit to wear.

In order to be eligible, riders must be UK/Irish Enduro, eEnduro, or DH riders currently competing in the EWS, eEWS, or UCI Downhill World Cup, in qualifiers for these races, or in their respective National Series.

‘It’s just over a year since The DirtFund Project idea sparked in my head and it’s all exploded so quickly! It’s amazing to have Vitus on board to offer a new type of opportunity to UK and Irish privateer racers.’

DirtFund Project Founder Daniel O’Shea.

The Vitus team are super stoked to be working with the legends at The DirtFund on such an exciting project. Supporting privateers is something that we are passionate about, and we can’t wait to get started.

Alex James, Vitus.

Applications will open 9th March 2022 and close on 31st March 2022. The two chosen riders will be informed by 30th April 2022. To apply, please see all the details and follow the instructions at: www.thedirtfundproject.org


If you’re not in the running to be a privateer but want to support the DirtFund Project, there’s currently a raffle to raise funds.

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