It was a sad day having to leave the centre as that place not only grows you as a racer and rider, but it promotes friendships and good habits in life that cannot be broken moving forward. I can’t thank the team and Thomas at the centre enough along with Royalty BMX bikes for having and supporting me for these 3 months.
The World Championships was a different feeling for me than normal. Being at such a big race and not actually competing made for some very mixed emotions good and bad. Good being there was no pressure what so ever to perform and bad, because I wanted to be on the gate so bad throwing down and competing. That said, once things kicked off, the coaching the junior elite riders from New Zealand went well and I was on the road again to Sweden.
Angelholm, Sweden is a small town north of the border of Denmark. We were based there for the next 2 weeks building into the race where we got some solid well needed track time. Qualifying racing came and went and the main day I felt good. Cruising through motos, quarter finals were up next. A slow lap in the last moto meant I was up for 7th pick giving me lane 7. Tagging the gate and going sideways meant I was last down the hill getting cut off. Trying to fight back I got up into 5th then washing out in the last corner trying to push it to fast wanting to pass 4th place down the home straight. Day done! The feelings you get when know you were capable of making the next round but didn’t is unbearable post races and the same was for this one. On the bright side there’s some solid work ons moving into Argentina.
I am now based in California staying with fellow kiwi (can’t say fellow BMX rider as he has just retired) for 2 weeks before heading to Argentina again for the next world cup. Post Argentina I will be heading up to Rockhill, Carolina to get prepared for the next world cup and then back home to New Zealand post this race.
University has been pretty stressful lately with assignments due and mid semester exams the weekend of racing and on travel dates/arrivals. The hustle is real that’s for sure and I have big goals outside of the sport which I am putting into place now for the future. More on that as it unfolds....
I also tried my hand at the dark side and chucked the leg over a downhill bike for the day in Switzerland and France...lets just say I make a better BMX rider than downhill rider crashing 3 times in a day hahahaha.
This journey is never possible without the support of many and once again I have received a scholarship from both Massey University and the Taranaki Elite Athlete Foundation. I am over the moon for their continued support and can’t thank these guys enough for believing in me! It means a lot!
All for now,