2012 Olympian Annie Last will be joining the OMX Pro cross-country team in 2016.
The former Trek Factory racer represented Great Britain at the London Olympics in 2012, finishing eighth in the cross-country event.
Following on from the Olympics, the Derbyshire-born racer has had a frustrating time with injuries and has to regain the fitness and form she did show throughout 2012 and the qualification period leading up to it.
The Novus OMX Pro Team believe that signing Annie Last would give them that World Cup winning potential in the new season, but for the 25-year-old rider her decision to join the team was based more around her aspirations to ride competitively again with Rio 2016 in the not-so-distant future:
“I am really excited to be part of the Novus OMX Pro Team in 2016. The team is made up of people who are passionate, who will support me to achieve my goals, and who will also have a great time doing it,” she said in the OMX press release earlier today.
“Having good support from the team allows me to get on with training and racing my bikes as I know I have good people in the background helping me out and looking after me and making sure I have everything I need.
“It is the Olympic year, so it is really important to have everything in place to help me score qualification for Rio.”
Here’s the interview in full:
The whole release and that’ can be found here on the OMX team’s site.
And while we’re thinking of Rio, Dan Jarvis gave his excoriating opinion on British Cycling’s standpoint throughout the build up to this year’s Big Event, but in case you missed it click here and you will be magically teleported.