New Zealand Single Speed Champs 2018

New Zealand Single Speed Champs 2018

After 2017 World Single Speed Championships I crossed the line buzzing. I was hooked on single speed racing. What was next? 2018 NZ Single Speed Champs. Waihi was to play host for the 2018 race. Ben and I rolled up early before the race and began the banter with the other couple of hundred riders. It was an overcast humid day at Morgan Park, there was a sense of excitement coming from all the riders. I went out to practice the start and finish sections of the race course. From there I adjusted…continue reading →
Whaka 100 2017 #oneofthetoughest

Whaka 100 2017 #oneofthetoughest

Whaka 100 2017 It’s been a while since my last race report. To be honest with you all, after arriving back from Italy and repetitively replaying 24 Worlds in my head over and over and the fact that half way through I ‘gave up’ has really got to me. The fact that my own mind bet me really plays with my emotions regularly. I guess it was the first time in my life that I fell short of a goal I really wanted to achieve. As Garth would say “It’s all just character…continue reading →
Wembo 24-Hour World Championships 2017 Finale Ligure, Italy

Wembo 24-Hour World Championships 2017 Finale Ligure, Italy

2017 WEMBO World Endurance Mountainbike Championships Finale Ligure, Italy   Part One:             Preparation perfectionist I set foot off the plane in Milan. My first time overseas in more than 7 years. I’d never raced or even ridden a bike overseas before. I had high expectations for Europe. Before I knew it we were on the motorway heading north in search of somewhere to train in the warm climate. Europe is truly next level. I won’t go into detail about how the system works over here or how different life is. We spent…continue reading →

Pre Italy Departure Review

What am I doing here? 15 months after Rotorua 2016 I find myself sitting on an aeroplane next to my coach Chris Willett and mechanic Tony Jump. Where could I possibly be going. None other than the beautiful Finale Ligure. The 2017 World Endurance Mountainbike Championships is beckoning. When I crossed the finish line in Rotorua as I earned an U23 world title Italy 2017 crossed my mind but I never saw it as a realistic goal. I hadn’t travelled overseas since around 10 years old. The cost to not only get myself…continue reading →
Moonride 12 Solo 2017

Moonride 12 Solo 2017

Moonride 12 Solo 2017 After planning to enter National Single Speed Championships for a workout and a half on the weekend of the 22nd I found myself without a ride to Wellington. Instead I settled for a 12 Solo at Moonride Rotorua. Since Xterra a few weeks earlier I was hitting the kilometers hard. With a few 100km plus rides in the past couple of weeks and one 200km effort the legs were prepared for the pain they were about to suffer as I lined up for Moonride. Infact the mind was too.…continue reading →
Xterra Mountainbike 2017

Xterra Mountainbike 2017

Xterra Mountainbike 2017 After focusing on strength, nutrition and flexibility for the last few months it was my first opportunity to try out a fresh set of legs along with new tactics, brand new Trek Top Fuel and a new approach to this race. Leading into the build up to a big race like WEMBO I like to trial lots of different ideas around race preparation and set up so when it comes to World Championships I could perform at my best. Xterra Mountainbike was the perfect opportunity to do this. The race…continue reading →
Tokoroa Summer Cup #2 (Postponed)

Tokoroa Summer Cup #2 (Postponed)

Tokoroa Summer Cup #2 (Postponed)   2 weeks after the Rotorua 8 I was still not back to full strength. The Helibike Rotorua 8 really drained me. With almost no riding for the previous week leading into the Tokoroa Summer Cup I was going in weak, low confidence and I had lost the edge of my fitness. Not to worry though. My Coach Chris Willet and I had planned for this to happen as the ‘pushing boundaries’ exercise prior to Italy to establish some limits. Now that the Rotorua 8 was over my…continue reading →
2017 Helibike Rotorua 8 Race Report

2017 Helibike Rotorua 8 Race Report

After a few days of rain the Mountainbike Tauranga club rolled up to Waipa Carpark for the Helibike Rotorua 8. The club had 12 solos and 3 teams which was a great turn out. The Junior Academy riders rocked up in strength also. The Tauranga team set up all together as the rain belted down. We grabbed a quick snap and then lined up on the start line. The Tauranga Academy line up for a photo while everyone is still clean and dry. Photo: Sam Somerfield The start line was one row spread…continue reading →
Camelbak Summer Cup #3

Camelbak Summer Cup #3

After the first round of the Summer Cup in Palmerston North being super windy and the second round in Tokoroa being cancelled due to a storm. It was time for round three. Mountain bikers from all over the country journeyed towards Rotorua. Athletes came from as far north as Northland and Auckland right down to a strong Wellington team and even riders from Christchurch. Longmile road was where the event village was set up. With the start/finish at the foot of nursery road.   We rocked up to the Longmile Road on Saturday…continue reading →
Camelbak Summer Cup #1

Camelbak Summer Cup #1

The first race of the year is always an important one. In my opinion it sets the rhythm for the year. In 2016 I had a great start with a 2nd at the National Cup in U19. However, this year there is no National Cup. Therefore, I found myself lined up on the start line the first round for the Camelbak Summercup held by Nduro Events. After a wearing in a fresh drive chain from the week before I found myself ready to go. It’s always tough racing 2 weeks after Christmas and…continue reading →

Lake Taupo Huka XL 2016

After being inspired by Sam Gaze’s effort in the criterium on Friday night I was ready to go Saturday morning for the 2016 Huka XL. I had never done this race before, however I knew the trails and was aiming for a top 8 after seeing the super stacked entry list. I found myself warming up at 7:30 AM on a crisp morning in Taupo for a 4 hour bike race. Just another day at the office. 8:00 AM ticked over and as it did the Elite Mountainbike field rolled out. After a…continue reading →
Whaka 100 race report

Whaka 100 race report

The 2015 Whaka 100 was a weekend full of excitement, determinations, tactics, strength, endurance and satisfaction for me. On Saturday the 22nd of October, I arrived to Waipa Carpark to another great Nduro Events atmosphere building. The start finish shoot was set up along with the event village and the course. It didn’t take me long to register and hit the trails. I was keen to learn the lines of the TT (Qualifying) course. The course began with some Zig Zags through the event village and then up Mud pool road before shooting…continue reading →

12 Hours from the book to the lead

Textbook race on Saturday. Everything went smooth. Awesome to come home 1st in Open mens after racing for 12 hours Solo at the Day Night Thriller in Tokoroa. I was happy with 170km in the tough conditions on a tight track. Couldn't do any of it without all my support especially Tony with his spot on pit crewing, thanks to Doug for sorting the gazebos for the crew and all the support from riders on course. Perimeter Coaching Cycle Obsession Tony Jump Garth Weinberg... Ben Mcleod Kirkham Racing NZ Nduro Events Little Rocket…continue reading →

NZ Schools Podium Finish

It's always tough when you give your best effort but still don't achieve your goal. After making a small mistake in one of the races I suffered by loosing 10 seconds time, 2 places and a lot of points. I struggled on and fortunately was still able to salvage a U20 2nd Overall Podium at New Zealand Secondary School Mountainbike Championships. I came three seconds short of winning, 3 seconds, so close yet so far. Although I suffered this heart break I still had an awesome time ...away in Dunedin with James Kirkham,…continue reading →

Taking on the Gambler

Cheers to Taupo Mountain Bike Club for the sweet day yesterday. The Gambler was a rad day although the weather didn't play ball. Personally it was great to be back on the bike in a racing environment.  Enjoyed every minute of the four hour tactical race. Congratulations to Carwyn on smashing everyone with 60 points and Neil on 59 points in second. I was able to snatch a third place off of a charging Garth Weinberg with 57 points. Looking forward to the next race at the end of the month.continue reading →

NDuro Winter Series Round One

Yesterday was definitely a learning day. Couldn't win overall, but I could learn. Nduro Events Winter Series round #1 was a crisp start. Not sure what got to me, the cold, fatigue, lack of strength and energy or just not in the game. Either way I have a lot to take away from yesterday and it was a great reality check where I am, and where I need to be. Giant Bicycles New Zealand Anthem ran sweet all day long. Unfortunately I was the one that couldn't keep up. On the upside I…continue reading →