2011 marks a new beginning for downhill and 4X racing as we launch the new ChainReactionCycles.com/Nukeproof race team of Matti Lehikonen, Matt Simmonds, Joe Smith, Lewis Buchanan, Lukas Mechura and Michael Mechura.

After three very successful years as the ChainReactionCycles.com/Intense team, it was the end of an era and time for a change. While co-sponsors continue as in previous years, the team will now be riding and racing NukeProof bikes – Scalp for downhill, Snap for 4X and Mega for enduro downhill events and training.

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"I am very pleased to welcome two new great young UK riders to the team in Joe Smith and Lewis Buchanan. I have been really impressed with both Joe and Lewis' riding and results over the last few years and I believe they will be great for the team. I hope with the support of our team they can meet their full potential in 2011 and the future."

On the 4X roster Lukas Mechura is joined by his younger brother, and former BMX racer Michael. Nigel Page has very high hopes: "Michael has mainly been a BMX racer all his life but after a taste or 4X racing in 2010 his is super keen to put his full efforts into 4X. I have very high hopes for all the guys on the team for 2011. They are all really talented fast guys and if they all pull together and help each other out, all of them can make it to the very top level of our sport."

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Team ChainReactionCycles.com/Nukeproof will be competing in the full UCI World Cup series, UCI World Championships, the British Halo BDS Downhill series plus other races and events. Team mechanics Dave Garland and Carl Lottering-Geeson will be keeping the Nukeproof bikes in check.

Here's Lewis Buchanan talking about the new team, Nukeproof bikes and hopes for the upcoming race season:

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2011 team sponsors include:

ChainReactionCycles.com

Nukeproof

Mercedes

Marzocchi

Mavic

Formulav Schwalbe

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Vans

Royal racing

High5

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