Blog: World Mountain Bike Championships interview – Oli Beckingsale

British cross country rider on this week's Champs and his Olympic hopes

Well it’s day two for us here in not-so-sunny Val Di Sole (Valley of the Sun!) and the rain has poured down all day making downhill practice a real challenge on the already technical track.


Dan Atherton of team Animal Commencal, had a crash and was taken to hospital with a broken collar bone, which is a massive blow to the Great Britain team given his current form.

Back at the team hotel, Marc and I took time out to interview Great Britain cross country rider Oli Beckingsale, fresh from a fine career best ninth place in Fort William World Cup a week ago and now looking ahead to the Olympic games in China at the end of August.

Will and Marc: So, great result last week. Any special preparation that helped your result that you can use again here or just one of those days when everything went right?

Oli: After the early World Cups in April I took some time off racing and missed the European Champs. To be honest I trained my nuts off in preparation for FortWilliam and this week. We went out to the French Alps and put in some hard work, hopefully it’s going to pay off.


Read more on this interview at the BikeRadar blog.