Great Britain Olympic hopeful, David Fletcher has signed a two-year contract with Professional UCI Team, Orange Monkey-Cannondale for the start of the 2012 Mountain Bike season.
Fletcher has been coached through the British Cycling academy, which bought him success from a young age, taking the bronze medal at the Junior World Championships in 2007. In more recent times, David has had top ten results in the Elite Under-23 category at World level and now moves up to the Senior ranks for the first time in arguably the best form of his life.
British Cycling Head MTB Coach, Phil Dixon commented: “This is an excellent move for Dave at the right time. Dave has moved into the podium program at British Cycling now he has turned Senior and we will have all the very best equipment and support at Orange Monkey – Cannondale MTB team. The philosophy of Team is a perfect base for Dave to progress in 2012 and challenge for a spot in London."
Fletcher commented on his new move: "I believe this is the right move to take my career forward. I now feel that I have the right team and structure to push on with gaining an Olympic place and my goal of becoming a World class podium athlete.
Orange Monkey-Cannondale manager, Will Cooper said of the signing "David Fletcher is a proven talent, and the team is extremely excited at his addition to the roster for the next two seasons. David will bring a fresh highly motivated approach to racing within Orange Monkey-Cannondale, plus a wealth of experience gained from riding within the Great Britain squad for a number of seasons. We look forward to a long & fruitful relationship working with David."
In 2012 David will compete in the World Cup series starting in South Africa as well as the British National races and a selection of European races but one eye will be firmly focused on gaining a spot in the London Olympics.