Well its been a good past few weeks since Disney cup getting things dialled in and putting in the hard yards leading upto grand's. Things have been pretty full on with planning and mapping out next season as far as racing and sponsorship support goes, as well as my future once I take a step back from the sport (not any time in the near future that is) with education, studying and so on. Next year is definitly looking like exciting times but very full on and busy but will keep you posted on that as it becomes more set in concrete.
This weeknds race will be my last race aboard a Crupi bicycle and last race supporting there company as we will be parting ways next season. Crupi has been a big part of my life since I jumped back onto the bike 2 and a half years ago. I want to send out a huge thank you to Jon and Marie Sarten for believing in me from day 1 and supporting me with Crupi bicycles New Zealand up until now. Also a big thank you to Greg and the team at Crupi bicycles USA for taking me under their wing with this years support whilst I have been out here in the U.S. racing and chasing my dreams in the ABA circuit. Nothing is on the horizon bike wise and I am currently looking for a ride next season so we will see what the future has for me riding a custom spray can frame :-)
Training has been tracking really well with my sprint and gate times picking up, and track sessions have progressed well with finally being able to say Ive progressed from a stock skill set to a stock standard skill set haha. Things in the gym have been powering through how I wanted them trasitioning into some good power sessions with being able to keep my back problems at bay with some solid stretching and core sessions twice per day. Now the hard yards have been put in, its all about freshening up over this next week and keeping things firing and in touch with the bike.
Since riding my first bmx track and starting up racing bmx at the ripe old age of 16 I used to always read the bmx plus mags, snap magazine and watch hours and hours of videos of all my heros and pros such as Thomas Allier, Christoph Leveque, Mario Soto to name a few racing ABA out here in the u.s. Since that day it had always been a dream of mine to race on the ABA circuit but more specificly, race and compete at the ABA grand nationals. Im pretty pumped to make that dream come true next weeknd out in Tulsa, Oklahoma and hopefully get a couple feet on that podium.
Back to the grind and well be reporting back post grand's from the lax lounge on my way back home to New Zealand just in time for summer.....