Sport: Bike Trials
Current Bike: 2016 20” Clean X2
How did you get into your sport: I was introduced to the sport of trials through a family friend who had a history of riding motorcycle trials. I tried my friends Monty trials bike and was hooked from that day on.
Hardest thing about your sport: Definitely having patience. Trials is one of, if not, the most technical cycling discipline. It requires a lot of balance, co-ordination, physical and mental strength. For this reason, it’s remained quite a niche sport because it’s very difficult and requires a lot of practice and patience. If you love a challenge, then this is the sport for you!
What does your regular training week consist of: I do a lot of on and off the bike training, in a week. I aim to ride the trials bike at least 3-4 times a week to work on technical skills. Off the bike consists of gym work which is a combination of strength and speed exercises, as well as core. I go to the gym about 3 times a week.
How do you keep motivated: With trials there’s always a technique you can improve on, whether it be getting that extra 1cm in the side hop by changing your compression hop, learning pedal stroke timing for front moves, etc. I never get bored with trials as there’s always something new you can work on to improve, that’s why I love it.
Best piece of advice you have been given: Keep pushing! If your competitors want to beat you, then they have to hurt more than you.
Where you draw inspiration from: Watching the elite men riders pushing the limits, by defying gravity. Especially a lot of the younger riders coming through, they are doing some crazy things and creating a new style of riding which is really cool.
Motivational tips: Too many people look at the end result and get discouraged but it’s just hard work and determination day after day that will get you to your goal. Consistency is the key.
2018 year in review
The highs: Podium finish at the UCI Urban world championships after having not ridden any international competitions in 2018.
The lows: Not having enough money to finance riding at the 2018 UCI world cups (4) in Europe. Also dislocating my right middle finger only a few weeks out from world champs whilst training.
What I learnt: I learnt much better time management in 2018, which allowed my to juggle my work and training load better, to get the best result I could out of both.
Goals for 2019
- 2019 World Champion
- Improve speed on the bike, both in my side hop and gapping technique.
- Learning a new pedal tap technique that is widely used by the male riders.
- Building a new trials park at Castle Hill in collaboration with Ipswich Council (aim to be completed end of January).
- 2019 Australian Female Trials Champion
- 3rd at the UCI Urban Trials World Championships
- Trials film included as one of the twelve films in the 2018 Women’s Adventure Film Tour screened across Australia and NZ
- 1st Australian Womans Trials National Champion
- 3rd UCI World Cup Rnd2, Austria
- 1st French National Cup
- 3rd UCI World Cup Rnd3, France
- 5th UCI Urban World Championship, China
- 2016 UCI Trials Womans Vice Champion
- 2015 UCI Trials Womans World Champion
- 2015 BIU Trials Womans World Champion
- 17 World Cup podiums, 6 top step finishes
- Multiple Female Trials National Champion
- 2014 & 2015 Australian Female Mtb of the Year
- 2015 Logan Sports Woman of the Year
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