As you may have heard already, the UK will be represented at the 2016 Rio Olympics Cross-Country mountain bike race by young-gun Grant Ferguson, who received a late call-up to the Olympic squad thanks to a re-allocation of unused places that handed Great Britain a spot in the men’s race. Hailing from Scotland, the 22-year old rider will saddle up for his first ever Olympic mission, after proving his worth in the UCI World Cup series so far.
”I’m really excited to compete in my first olympic games”, said Ferguson. “I’m thrilled to have been selected to represent Great Britain at the Rio Olympic Games, and that I think it will be a massive experience which i can’t wait for.”
Ferguson is currently ranked 29th in the UCI World Cup standings, and he’s regarded as one of (if not the) fastest cross country mountain bikers in the UK. Ferguson took out the British National Championships just three weeks ago, and in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, he finished in 5th position overall. Here we take a look at Ferguson’s weapon of choice that he’ll be taking to Rio for the XCO race next weekend.
Heard of Superior Bikes before? They’re not a common name in this neck of the woods, but they’ve actually been around for two decades now. Superior Bikes are based out of the Czech Republic, and they have a relatively focussed range that revolves around lightweight cross-country machines and road bikes. You may be more familiar with the name if you follow World Cup racing though. In 2008, Bart Brentjens formed a UCI race team accurately titled the ‘Bart Brentjens Mountainbike Race Team’, which Ferguson is a member of. The team was formed in partnership with Superior Bikes, and features riders from the Netherlands, Ukraine, France and the Czech Republic.
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We’ll be sure to be cheering on Ferguson during his attempt for Olympic glory in Rio. The race itself goes down on Sunday the 21st of August, so stay tuned to BBC and all the usual online channels for coverage of the race and hopefully, a bit of British glory!