Camp Mountain, Australia
|Primary Discipline(s)||Road Cycling / Criterium, Mountain Biking, Gravel Cycling|
|Bucket List Race||Cape Epic|
|Off-Day Activity||Trail hike/run|
I’ve been riding bikes since I could walk and as long as it has 2 wheels I’ll ride it- be it road, CX or cruising with the kids (I have 3- 9y/o, 7 y/o, 4 y/o), but my real passion is the mountain bike. Over recent years, I’ve focused on the longer events- 24 hr, stages races and XC marathons. Balancing work, kids and training is difficult, but my goals are to generally podium in my age group
Recent highlights have been the Pioneer in New Zealand, where unfortunately dislocating my shoulder a number of times put me out of reach of podiuming. Heavily strapped everyday and on pain relief, I was glad to just finish the 6 day stage race.
in 2020 i attended the Cape Epic, but the day before the race was set to begin, the organisers cancelled the race so a Cape Epic itch within me needs scotching still 3 years on, hence an entry into the 2021 cape epic.
My immediate goals are 1) complete a handful of races leading up to 2021 Cape Epic, including the Cattleman 100 (a 100mile MTB race); Otway Odyssey (a 100km MTB race followed by a 100km gravel race) , but more important to me is competing in the Cape Epic in March 2020.
Away from the bike (albeit slightly) I have been on the board of Mountain Bike Australia (MTBA) the peak mountain biking body in Australia since 2016, playing a small part in helping to shape mountain biking in Australia. I also helped transition the organisation into AusCycling, a body formed to consolidate Cycling, BMX and MTB bodies in Australia. I now sit on the Finance, Risk & Audit committee of Auscycling.
Up until last year, i was on a MTB team Planet-PCS a team focusing and supporting young talent around south east queensland. While i wasn't necessary "young", nor "talented", i felt i contributed to the team not only as a fellow racer, but also a mentor to the young athletes and helped show that other aspects in life are important to prioritize along with racing and training (work, family, study etc) and also a way to race - i.e. positivity, encouragement etc.
I use stages products on my mountain bikes (XTR M9100 on the hardtail and dually and XTR M9000 on an old hardtail) and am a big advocate of training/racing with the stages power meter data.
I was actually accepted into the Stages team a few years ago, but being Australian based, and the team predominately being US focused, i opted to decline the invite at that stage. Hopefully the program now supports international competitors?