I'm a 17 year old downhill rider and racer I also sometimes find myself competing in enduros. I am currently studying at Mt Aspiring College in Wanaka. This will be my last year at this school. I started riding a bike at a very young age and it's always been a part of my life. I knew from a young age that I wanted to race downhill because I was constantly watching my dad race. I started racing back in 2017 and did my first national downhill race in 2018 and fell in love with the sport and the atmosphere of racing.
I think I ride for a lot of reasons but mainly because of the fun you have when riding a bike. When you go out by yourself or with a mate and ride down one of your favourite tracks and you get the rush of adrenaline. I also love the way you feel when you get to the bottom of a race and you just put down the best you have ever done and the sense of accomplishment and pride in yourself, or even just doing a new feature for the first time that you couldn't get of your mind it's that feeling that makes me love this sport so much more every day.
I currently ride a Firebird 29 and am investing in a Phoenix 29 downhill bike. I absolutely love my Firebird. This bike is insane with the 29 wheels making it easy to plough through anything and still have fun playing out with it on the jumps. This makes me so excited to get the Phoenix and can't wait to see what it can do.
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