The MS-Intense Factory-Racing team proudly announces the additon of Anneke Beerten (NED) to their roster. As the winner of the 2007 UCI 4X World Cup Anneke represents one of the top athletes in womenâ€™s mountain bike racing.
After former downhill world champion Vanessa Quin (NZL) announced her retirement from World Cup racing at the end of the 2007 season MS-Intense Factory-Racing was looking for a strong successor capable of winning titles at World Cups and world championships. By signing Anneke, who is coached by former world class racer Bas de Bever, the team aquired a highly-talented athlete going perfectly with a race-oriented company such as Intense Cycles. The deal was made possible thanks to the support of Dutch Intense Cycles distributor Veltec and marks a first step of cooperations between European distributors. Both companies, MS-Racing and Veltec, recognize Annekeâ€™s importance for the further successful European marketing and distribution of Intense Cycles.
What does Anneke have to say about all this? She released the following statement: â€œI am very exited to sign with the MS-Intense team. For many years theyâ€™ve been a big name in the mountain bike sport, especially on the gravity side. Intense is known for their great bikes and great support for their athletes. Many great riders like Shaun Palmer, Sabrina Jonnier and Chris Kovarik have been riding for Intense.
â€œItâ€™s a honor for me to step into their footsteps and become a part of the Intense family. I am really looking forward to team up with Matti and Mio and I canâ€™t wait to ride my new bikes. Many thanks to the Intense crew for giving me the opportunity to do what I love to do.â€
Anneke will ride her first mountain bike competitions in the colors of the MS-Intense Factory-Racing team at the Sea Otter Classic festival in April 2008.