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  • Struggle Can Lead To Success

    Life is not a smooth road, it’s rough and rocky with a few curve balls thrown in. Dealing with failure is just part of the deal and how you handle it can have a huge impact on the future. People say you learn the most when you lose and not when you win and I couldn’t agree more. A few weeks ago we had the 2017 SA national championships which was held at Mankele bike park close to Sabie. I was coming into the event having won it 2 years in a row and felt that I could do it…
  • Mid season report

    Hi everyone, It's hard to believe that the season is already half way through?! Here is a quick recap on how things have unfolded my my perspective. The first stop for me was Lourdes where I ended up in 57th which was my best European world cup result at that point. Have a look at my last post to see more deets. The next stop was Fort William in Scotland for the British DH series in May. I ended up crashing in the final but was very happy with my riding and the plan from then was to stay up…
  • World Cup RD1 – Lourdes, France

    Well things have finally gotten under way for the 2017 world cup season and round 1 is in the books! I flew to Europe 2 weeks prior to the first race to get settled and get some training in. I ended up getting my bikes dialled and then did a trip down to Lugano, Switzerland followed by San Remo, Italy. These few days riding at each spot were crucial to get the bikes set up and get my arms ready to go! I felt really good heading to Lourdes and physically I felt better than ever so I was excited…
  • Season Kick Off

    The season has begun! Finally after months of preparation and procrastination the local racing scene has kicked off and it started with a bang! Our first event of the season was the opening round of the WP provincial series which was held at the Taal monument in Paarl. This is a special place to me as it was actually where I first rode downhill and I consider it my home track. I have done so many runs on that track it's ridiculous! The shuttle is so quick, you can do a run and get back to the top 6 minutes!…
  • Back to Basics

    I have been home now for just over a month and it’s been a breath of fresh air. Don’t get me wrong, I love racing and travelling all year but at the same time it is draining and I am so happy to have a few months break from racing as such. It is more a mental thing I feel as racing creates a lot of pressure and it so good to come home and just ride for the pure enjoyment of it. I mean that’s why we all start riding in the first place, for the fun of it!…
  • The last Leg

    I know it has been a while since my last post but things have been manic for the past while. SO here is a recap of my last leg in Europe for 2016!   First on the agenda was Mont Saint Anne world cup in Canada which was a race that I had gone to in 2015 but was unable to race due my bike not arriving. Due to that it felt like I had raced there before when in fact I had never ridden the track before. It is the most iconic track on the circuit and has been…
  • Defending The Title

    Hi guys, I am finally home and enjoying a little bit of down time before jetting off next week to Mont Saint Anne. I came home to race national champs and here is how it went... I had been feeling good on the bike in Europe coming into national champs so I felt confident however the local guys are fast plus it was a new track which is always an unknown. I flew in to Pietermaritzburg the Wednesday prior to the race and just chilled out for a day before practice started. I had decided to use my first practice…
  • Ups & Downs

    Hi guys, I finally had a moment to chill out right before I head home to fill you in on the last few weeks of racing! Leogang was the last world cup then we headed to the legendary Schladming in Austria for the 3rd round of the European Cup series. I was excited as I love the track there and have done a lot of riding there in the past. I was originally going to do Crankworx in Les Gets but I made the call last minute to do Schladders! I had a really good practice and I was also…
  • The first four

    Hi guys, It's been a while since my last entry as I have been flat out traveling but finally I had a chance to sit down and fill you in on the details! In the past 6 weeks I have done 4 events including a German cup, a European cup and 2 world cups. It has been a bit up and down as expected but still a lot of fun, here is the low down...   I arrived in Europe right before the Winterberg Dirt Masters festival and I was keen to kick things off! I had done well there in…
  • Thunder Down Under & SA Cup 3

    Here we are again! Crazy to think that in the last month I went from Cape Town to Lesotho to France to Australia and back again?! Here is the full story… WP Downhill 2016 | Cascade Country Manor The last time you heard from me I was sitting in an airport on the way home from Lourdes, France after a rather disappointing world cup start. I flew home for 3 days to repack and set off for Cairns, Australia! I was so excited to head down under for the first time and hopefully to warmer weather again. I am not…
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