Since making the move up here to Cambridge, for those of you who follow me on Facebook and Instagram will have seen all the coaching I have been doing. This was done in different areas, aspects, ages, and abilities of BMX. Starting out with a 10 week build up to the national titles at a club level with 40+ riders to coach. I also ran my own personal smaller groups of riders (15 in total) ages 9-11, 12-14 and 16-elite level week in week out. I gave these groups the tools needed to further themselves within BMX to train and reach their true potential moving forward in their BMX careers. Areas covered ranged from physical skill/strengths on the bike at the track to the psychological training one must do on the bike and overcoming the challenges riders face in BMX. On top of that I also had the opportunity to head around cities and towns in New Zealand to run clinics and teach/coach BMX for all ability’s at local clubs and small organisations. On top of that I have been getting around a few local schools in Taranaki to chat and show them what BMX is all about.
The injury cloud of my back problems have finally settled in and its back to full duties as normal. Super pumped about this as I haven’t woken up pain free in a very long time! All this rehab and lengthy stretching is helping. Thanks solg J
University life is starting to settle in now and my sport and exercise degree is in the full swing of things. I’ve been 10 years out of the learning game and that made it a little hard to start off with but received my first assignment mark back today and I managed to pass so looking positive moving forward for now. (fingers crossed)
In April the new Avantidrome in Cambridge was officially opened and I was lucky enough to be a part of that. I also had a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet with the duke and duchess of Cambridge (Wills and Kate) and share with them what BMX is all about as well as where BMX has and is taking me. Super nice people and to confirm, she is hotter in real life than on TV haha.
Moving forward into the 2014 season I have had two more sponsors jump on board. I will now be aboard the frame of a Swiss based company ‘Royalty’ and will be ridding their race gear also. Since jumping on this frame I have noticed it to be a hell of a lot stiffer but a majority smaller than my last frame as that was super super long. So jumping on board a stiffer shorter frame has taken me a little to get used to from a longer one but have settled in comfortably now which I am super pumped to be used to some normal and stiffer geometry again. Check these frames out at www.royaltybmxbikes.com.
I will also be behind the lenses of 100% goggles. I have never been a fan of running goggles at all but these things made it easy and simple to adapt to with their super clear lenses. They have some pretty rad colour ways so if you’re after some and from New Zealand then hit up www.ogionz.com and use the code bmx15 to get 15% off any 100% product. If you’re international then hit up www.ride100percent.com and check their site out for some sweet goodness.
National titles were raced over Easter weekend in Tauranga, New Zealand. Usually this is a 3 day event but due to the amount of rain and bad weather, racing was compressed into one. The weather made racing and ridding very interesting with some solid soft patches through the pro straight which I found out the hard way and hit the dirt over the bars in practise. Not to mention some slick corners but made it all in all some interesting racing.
Racing came around and I took a third in elite men and a win in Superclass (open). The wide open corners made for some pretty interesting racing to say the least and it was good to survive the weekend with just some grazes and balloon knees.
Training is back on track now my backs sorted and I will be hopefully pulling out of a hole on the bike and starting to get these legs turning for some international racing. I will be flying out to the stay with my buddy Marc Willers once again in California. My race calendar will be 4 ABA pro rounds, then in the middle of that flying off to Berlin, Germany for the third world cup round. I am super pumped to get back on a big hill and throw down some high speed runs. I will then return home after my 4th ABA round in July to once again train and be with staff. The second half of the year is still undecided and hasn’t been mapped out yet but will keep you all posted when I know.
A big thank you to all the support staff and sponsors on board with me this year! I’m super excited to kick my season off in a few weeks in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Also thank you to all the sponsors that jumped on board to help out with spot prizes and giveaways at all of my coaching clinics and days.
Time to go train, over and out! @mattcameron949