Want to start mtb racing. need help for 1st bike

naibirdaway Posts: 6
edited October 2010 in MTB beginners
Hi, Im going to pick up MTB racing as a new hobby. I'm just trying to figure out what would be the best bike to start off on. I don't want anything to crappy that i will have to upgrade in 6 months but i'm not going to break the bank either. I want something that can last me a few years and I can still be competitive if my skills are ok. My budget is about 1000$ US which i guess is near 640pounds. What bike would some of you recommend? Thanks again in advanced.