Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We are now in 2014! What a year! Ive had some awesome times and some horrible times but it has all helped me to learn and improve. 2013 started well with a relatively good handful of nationals results which allowed me to race overseas. World Cup racing is definitely the coolest, most enjoyable experience available to a rider.

While the year may have started well, I managed to finish it not so well. An operation on my broken ankle and 8 weeks entirely off the bike surely wasn't what I had in mind but I am rebuilding and improving myself from this experience. After a lot of physio and strength exercises I am nearly ready to get back into full training again. I still have a bit of pain in the lower leg and ankle but every day it's feeling better. I'm looking forward to the coming season and enjoying being on the bike again.

On the 29th of December 2012 I had a bad road crash in the wet. This year I hoped to set things right and  get back out there. However, I came down with food poisoning which has stopped me from riding (and everything else!) as it has been so violent. I managed to lose 5kg in 15 hours! I still find that impressive but it sure did hurt!

I have been to all the PNP Wellington MTB series races and it has been a great turn out. Its so cool to see the sport developing in Wellington and seeing more people out there giving it their all. I got  few good yarns in, met new people and most of all, had fun!

I am also super stoked to have this awesome Christmas present to complete the year! Thanks mum and dad!

Ive taken it out a handful of times on some of the most demanding (XC and all mountain) tracks in Wellington and it rides like a dream. With slight changes to the setup, this fits me and my riding style perfectly. I cant wait to be able to race on this bike! 

Thank you Ricoh for putting this together for me, Luke for setting everything up, Andrew Young from iRide!! Also thanks to the rest of the iRide family, Specialized New Zealand and my family/friends for all the support and encouragement.

Cheers to everyone else for the continuous support! 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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