The Kaiwara Classic has always been one of my favourite events on the local NZ race calendar. I first raced there when I was just 11 or 12 years old and have returned most years since. This year the race date had to be pushed back a couple of months to April due to earthquakes that struck the region in November. Luckily the new race date was 2 days before I was due to fly out to the USA so I was still able to do it.

It was a perfect autumn day with temperatures around 30 degrees. I decided to ride my Top Fuel instead of my Procaliber for a change and enjoyed the comfy ride with the added rear suspension. With the combination of the bike and some good legs I was able to chop some time off the course record on my way to the win. Overall it was a great days training before I left to the USA, and it was good to see so many people out enjoying riding bikes! 


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Cycling has always been a huge part of my life as I have been riding ever since I could walk. I see mountain biking as an adventure and a challenge.
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There are many things I love about mountain biking – the people you meet, the skills you need, the concentration it requires, race strategy, the opportunities to explore new places and countries.
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