We caught up with Oli Beckinsale shortly after he placed 6th in the road race at the Bike Show - an impressive result for someone who's more skin and bone that muscle.
MBUK: Nice one in the road race OLi, what are your other plans for 2005?
Oli Beckinsale: Just to win things and have fun. There's no stress on me really after Athens last year so I can just do a bit of everything. I'll be riding NPS, World Cups, Merida Enduros, a bit of road racing, just whatever takes my fancy really.
MBUK: What about learning to wheelie?
OB: Yeah I might even learn to wheelie - cheeky git!
MBUK: What are you doing at the Bike Show?
OB: Just a few demos and stuff. I did the road race, got sixth there...
MBUK: You were the crowd's favourite though
OB: Yeah, I spent half the race by myself chasing back to the front group about five times. I like to do it the hard way!
MBUK: Who do you reckon's going to be fastest out of the MBUK crew in this Merida challenge thing?
OB: If Chris (MBUK advertising bod) comes round he'll be fast - he just needs to lay off the late nights and booze a bit. Jamer's like a little terrier though - he won't want anyone to beat him. Ruth (new MBUK editorial assistant) is pretty fit seeing as shes just started. It should be close I reckon.
Keep an eye out for Oli this season - if he continues riding like he is at the moment he'll win everything in sight.
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