Multiple world mountain bike champion Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå has extended her sponsorship deal with Merida for four years.
The Norwegian has penned a deal – worth just over £700,000 – that will take her up to the London Olympic Games in 2012.
The 35-year-old won the cross country gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and has won six World Championships and six European Championships. She has also won four UCI World Cup XC in a row.
However, technical problems forced her to withdraw from the Beijing Olympics in August.