From Endura Racing...
After many years at the top of UK mountain biking Oli Beckingsale has committed to a 2-year contract with Endura, starting in Jan, 2011. The 2006 Commonwealth silver medalist has been at the top of UK mountain biking for over a decade, and moves to Endura after another successful 2010 season which saw him defend his UK MTB Marathon title.
Speaking about his move from Giant to Endura, Oli stated:I am really happy to be riding for Endura for the next 2 years. It is a strong British company with a long history with mountain biking and will give me the product, support and flexibility to work towards my long term goal of not just competing in the London Olympics but producing a result that I can be proud of. It’s not all about the Olympics though and there are a lot of big races in the UK and abroad that I want to play a part in next year, in particular the home World Cup round in Dalby and the UK National Champs.
It is also great that the hardware suppliers of the road team, Look, SRAM and Continentalhave also come on board with Endura MTB Racing and I could not ask for better equipment to do the job in XC racing.
Footnote - Arch IK rival Liam Kileen joins Giant this year - could we se a turn to the road for Oli? He is currently training with the road team in Girona, Spain - home to many of the world's top pro road riders.