Ali Beckett
Ali Beckett

Ali Beckett…salt of the earth. A ‘good man’ that’s for sure. Formally the mechanic of the Dirt Norco team, Ali now finds himself working as the Design Engineer for Nukeproof, working on bikes and components. Great bloke, here he is.

DIRT ISSUE 128 - OCTOBER 2012

Words by Mike Rose. Photo supplied by Ali Beckett

Who is Alastair Beckett?

A 27 year old who feels like he still hasn’t grown up just yet.

Where do you live?

Holywood, just outside Belfast, Northern Ireland.

What’s your job title?

Design Engineer.

What do you do?

I work with another engineer to design and create all of the new Nukeproof products. I spend most of my day on CAD models and dealing with our manufacturers.

How long have you been working for Nukeproof?

I started helping out during the 2011 World Cup season, then began full time with Nukeproof just over one year ago.

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?

I worked in a factory making beer tubing once, and spent all day gluing foam together with some solvent that made me have crazy dreams at night time.

Where’s your favourite place?

Austria, but I will never be able to explain why.

Where’s your favourite place to ride?

I was taken to the sickest track I’ve ever ridden this year near Morzine. It’s a real local’s secret paradise!

When are you happiest?

Drinking a coffee or a beer after a bike ride with good friends.

What makes you angry?

A noisy bike.

What makes you happy?

When the noise is gone!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Let the air out first!

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever given?

Don’t over–think a situation, just approach it head on and deal with it as it comes.

What are your extravagances?

New shoes.

Who do you admire?

Multilinguists.

What’s the most important thing in your life?

My health.

What would you never throw away?

Good memories.

What’s your greatest fear?

Jellyfish taking over the world.

What’s the first thing you do in the morning?

Usually turn my alarm off.

What’s the last thing you do at night?

Regret going to bed so late.

What would be your dream meal?

Chicken Kiev, chips...and a fried egg (everything tastes better with a fried egg).

What things do you always carry with you?

An open mind and my sense of humour.

Do you have any regrets?

None that can’t be fixed with a cup of tea and a Hob Nob.

What’s the most important lesson that you’ve learnt?

Knowledge is the information acquired immediately after the event for which you initially required it.

If you could have dinner with three famous people (dead or alive) who would they be?

Anthony Edwards (Goose from Top Gun), Sandra Bullock and Ted.

Who is your favourite rider?

Nathan Rankin.

What’s your favourite bike product of all time?

Lock–On grips.

What’s your least favourite bike product of all time?

Rim Tape.

What’s your favourite motto or saying?

It’ll be grand, send her on!

What saying do you use too much?

Anything followed by...“as chips".

What bike are you riding at the moment?

I’m currently swapping between test bikes, but I’m loving my new Mega TR.

What was the last magazine you read?

Some German fashion mag I found on the boat home from Eurobike.

What are you listening to at the moment?

Right now, Volcano by Dragonette

What one thing would you change about yourself?

I would like to learn some better jokes.

What are your weaknesses?

Terrible jokes.

What does the future hold for you?

Hopefully lots of riding and travelling with friends.

What does the future hold for mountain biking?

I am super excited about the whole Enduro scene coming through now. I think that has a huge part to play in the future of mountain biking around the world, and I get so stoked to see new events popping up all the time.

How would you like to be remembered?

As a nice guy who always has time to have fun and share stories with friends, and is always chilled out as chips!

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