Awesome hit out to start the XC season!
After a massive week as team Manager for Team Mike Greer Homes in the Tour of Southland I decided to finish the week off with a wee hit out at the Southland Champs.
Bluff always offers tough climbs and and rough descents, rocky but fast. Its fair to say I wasnt feeling tip top leading into this race but fun is always my key motivator and man did I have fun!
Thanks to the riders there and the Southland MTB Club for putting on a top event, Ill definitely be back next year.
1st Mixed Team: Luke Wright, Melissa Newell, Bill Godsall, Andrew Town and Ben Logan.
The view from the Remarkables over to Corronet
14 year old Luke Wright smashing the ski leg with a solid 15th placing.
Ben Logan crossing the line to claim victory for the mixed team category and 6th overall
Ben and Hamish celebrating after a hard fort road climb!
Rabbit Ridge #1
My first CX races and ride for the year… what blast :)
Rick Woodward and I keeping warm and Antarctica Suits
This was a fun day out! I finished up 3rd and was feeling the hurt after a tough cold day at Quest Farm yesterday.
Rabbit Ridge #2
Nothing is more refreshing then a river crossing in the middle of a Central Otago winter!
Quest Farm is a great location for a mid winter hit out. A tough 40km race of 4 laps with the elements against you. It was fresh to say the least, then add wet feet and well they were frozen! On the day Kath kelly was way too strong for and claimed the womens victory, followed by myself and then Katharine Eustace. In the mens, 16 year old Paul Wright dominated claiming a clear victory over all!
I’d like to proudly welcome Latitude 44 onboard as a key sponsor in my road to recovery after my hip surgery in August 2014. They have provided me with the equipment and guidance needed to gain me the strength required to be confident on my bike again.
Along with ‘Latitude 44′ I’d also like to welcome Tom ‘Big Dog’ Bradshaw as another key component to my recovery as a mentor and coach, guiding me day by day, week by week getting me back to race fitness and strength. Tom is an athlete I truly respect and admire, he brings enthusiasm and fun to riding and racing and ultimately builds confidence in me to get amongst it!
left: Tom after a not so wee off in Oz. Right: Tom rocking at nationals
Cognitive Cycles is also another company I want to welcome. Mechanical expertise are always needed when you are running 5 different bikes (road, MTB x 2, CX and DJ) on a regular basis. Having the professional help of Zeph Wadsworth, ex pro mechanic for the ‘Lunar’ race team, he has travelled the world and has a wealth of knowledge and experience in everything that is bikes, if you live in the Wanaka region or passing through and need help, hit him up. http://www.cognitivecycleworks.co.nz ph:021 042 8117.
I also need to mention ‘Mike Greer Homes Wanaka’, ‘Body Workshop’ and B.A.S.I.C Bikes as continued and valued sponsors.
XC Skiing… brutal and easy all at the same time. At first i thought this isn’t so bad and then my lungs started hurting… and stayed that way for the following two hours. What an awesome sport! I’m a little bit hooked. The fun and easy part of this sport that you can do it instantly not liking regular skiing where gravity is in control at first. With XC skiing if your not working your not moving. Then as you get the hang of it your lungs start working over time! brutal…! but awesome.
Winter is a great time to try something new and when the opportunity arose to build a bike I jumped on it! Now I didn’t think I’d ever want to own a dirt jumper but that’s exactly what I have done. A fun project with an even more fun outcome, lets hope I can keep my body intact…