After "going long" the last two years, it's time to rein things in a bit and dial up the raw speed a notch. 367 kilometres and nearly 11,000 metres of climbing in the Scottish Highlands to take the elite women's World 24 Hour Solo Champion title in October last year, was a long day out. Shredding some of the longest uninterrupted singletrack I have ever ridden for Canada's BC Bike Race was epic. Setting a new women's Karapoti course record in 2013 a year after becoming the first local rider to win the infamous race was just plain awesome.
Now it's time for me to go back to where I started. Twenty-one years ago, I rocked up to my first XC race. I walked a chunk of the climbs, finished nowhere near the front of the race, got off my bike for the scary stuff and was instantly hooked. Lots of XC races later, I competed in my first and only World Cup in Fort William back in 2006. Nearly 10 years later, I'm stoked to be re-learning how to race hard, fast and short again. I guess that sort of longevity proves that I must love this sport.
2015 will see me racing in the USA in selected US Pro XCT races as well as Rounds 4 & 5 in the UCI World Cup Series. When I get back to New Zealand, it'll be time to chalk up some classic marathon style events with Whaka 100 in the Redwoods and Taupo's Huka XL. In the meantime, it's time to hit the mud and keep the boys honest at the HuttCross series.
I'm stoked to be using Biomaxa products during my training, racing and epic adventures. The slick, super-fast running lube is gonna be perfect for the World Cup circuit!