How long have you been competing or partaking in your sport?
I remember started going to races when I was around 9 alongside my older brother and dad. I was too young to race so I used to be the sweeper where I basically rode my bike down ensuring the track was clear for the competing riders. I then started racing when I was 11, and the rest is history.
Where do you call home?
Rotorua is where I have grown up and always lived. While only living 10 minutes away from the forest, it’s always been a close by training ground and socialising space and where I have based myself.
Favourite event or place to practice your sport?
Crankworx Whistler – with some of the best riding in the world, such a good vibe and lots of events to partake in, it’s hard to beat.
What is your focus within your sport (what sub-discipline of your sport do you do most)? Why do you like that aspect the most?
Enduro racing is something I now lean more towards. With a longer duration race and more sociable atmosphere it creates for race days that you can’t not enjoy. I am still involved with the downhill scene, but I focus my training around enduro riding.
What is the strangest thing that has happened to you while doing your sport?
Somehow managing 8 flat tyres in one day. I ended up phoning a friend and asking to borrow his wheels for the final lap of the day, resulting in a flat free run.
Do you have a local claim to fame (fittest, fastest, funniest, smelliest, etc.)?
Best water sports athlete known to Lake Rotoiti.
Do you promote an annual event or are you involved in a charitable cause?
The last few years I have been involved as an ambassador for the Rotorua Bike Festival. This is where I have taken part in many low-key events with members of the public having a good time on our bikes. I am stoked to be chosen to represent this festival because it brings large numbers of people together for a sport we are all share a passion for.