New Zealand Nationals preparation.

Since flying home from Europe in the middle of October for a quick two week stint visiting friends and family I have once again left New Zealand. This time I’m headed for Australian shores to go trail building while I reload my bank account before once again returning to New Zealand just in time for Christmas and the New Zealand national series.

New bike for work!
New bike for work!
and we call this work!!
And we call this work!!

While I’ve been trail building in Kilcoy, Queensland, 6 day working weeks have been a staple diet and training sessions after work have been complementing the already demanding day to get me into good physical condition for racing. While it has made things difficult, I have been feeling the benefits in my riding and when you can feel the benefits of your labour it makes it just that little bit easier to keep pushing yourself during training.

More work!
More work!

Now with a little over two weeks till I leave for home and Christmas dinner with the family, things are ramping up on the training front and I am already looking forward to getting back on my brand new Downhill bike which is waiting for me to pick-up once I am home.  This season there will be a few changes for me in terms of who I am riding for and other supporters based on factors outside of my control.  However if anything this makes me more excited for this season as I have already worked with my main sponsor before and am highly looking forward to representing them again in every way, shape and form.  I also have some other fantastic people helping me out that I will be revealing soon who I would like to thank for coming on board for this season.

Nice morning sunrise, we have been seeing a lot of these lately!
Nice morning sunrise, we have been seeing a lot of these lately!

Once I arrive home I have approximately a week to sort my racing gear out before I head down south for 3 weeks competing in 2 national rounds (Bluff and Christchurch) and another stand-alone race in Nelson at the end of January.   After this the circus moves up into the North Island for another 2 National races in Levin and Hunua before the final race of the domestic season, the National Champs on the 16/17th of February.

Not something you ant to have on your dinner plate!
Not something you ant to have on your dinner plate!

However before all this happens I still have 2 weeks of training and building to get through here in Australia so I best get back to avoiding snakes and all the other nasty things that live here, though at least this time I have managed to keep my pick in the ground rather than in my head!

They do things differently here.
They do things differently here.
Don't even know what to say about this one. Lots of legs!
Don’t even know what to say about this one. Lots of legs!
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