Cross Country pocket rocket of Queenstown, Kate found her love of mountain biking almost by accident. It was the end of 2009 when she and her partner Reon, one of New Zealand’s top Downhill Mountain Bikers moved to Queenstown for the winter months. After falling in love with the town they decided to stay and very quickly noticed as the skis and snowboards were put away, the bikes came out.
Not being something Kate had done since biking to school and thinking it was a bit of a fad, Reon choose a $400 bike to buy her as a way of keeping fit and a great way of meeting people in Queenstown.
After setting a goal and training for the infamous Motatapu Race in 2010, Kate quickly realised she had some hidden talent coming in second after only months of riding. From here she was hooked and became New Zealand Champion in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and represented New Zealand in many World Cup races, the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow plus the 2014 and 2015 World Championships in Norway and Andorra.
2016 marked an unfortunate year for Kate where a broken collar bone in the final qualification race for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro resulted in an early end to the season and no spot for the Olympics. A change of tact opened up the opportunity for some stage racing with team mate Willy which resulted in a successful partnership winning the 2016 and Pioneer Stage race and placing second in 2019, finishing 5th in the 2017 Cape Epic in South Africa and 1st in the 2018 Trans Rockies in Canada.
With the new partnership with Pivot NZ forming the team “New World - Pivot,” Kate and Willy are excited for what is ahead riding their new Mach 4 SL’s with big goals for the 2019 Pioneer, 2020 Swiss Epic with a many individual goals throughout as well.
Kate is a proud Kiwi promoting New Zealand, Queenstown and our awesome mountain biking trails to the world. She is every bit professional in what she does, she is grateful and appreciative of the life she is able to live and knows that her sponsors are what keep the dream alive. Kate completed a degree at Massey University and now works as a Property Valuer at Colliers International. While mountain biking is her first love, she grew up on a small farm in Levin riding horses, wakeboarding and now, when she is around snow, she loves to ski.