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|Birth date||September 4, 1989|
|Hometown||Nelson, New Zealand|
|What is your biggest cycling achievement?|
Two 5th places at the Enduro World Series, 1st at Crankworx Air DH in Rotorua, and a 3rd at Megavalanche
|What is your biggest non-cycling achievement?|
I am really proud of some of the complicated cases I took on working as a physiotherapist. It was hard work having to think outside the box and go the extra mile but I really felt like I made a difference.
|What is your goal for 2019?|
Podiums at the Enduro World Series and to continue to have fun and progress
|Do you have another job outside of racing?||I was a physiotherapist before I turned Pro.|
|Why do you love cycling?|
I love the freedom and the places it takes you. For me, it incorporates everything I love; adventure, nature, adrenaline, cool equipment, health and fitness.
|Why do you love riding for Liv?|
It is great to be involved with a trusted and cool brand specifically dedicated to women. I love the design of the bikes and Liv gear so I can look good and feel fast on the tracks.
|What is your favorite place to travel?|
Anywhere with mountains. My favourite riding trips have been to Canada, Italy, and the French Alps.
|What is your favorite food?|
Sushi, muesli with fresh fruit, chocolate, burgers... I love food.
|Who is your favorite riding partner?|
I love riding with other fast ladies, it's really motivating and great fun to push/ encourage each other.
|"When I'm not riding my bike, I'm _____!"|
binge-watching something on Netflix
|What are the top 3 things on your "bucket list"?|
|Who taught you how to ride a bike/ got you into the sport of cycling?|
My parents got my brothers and me into biking at an early age, we would go on leisurely family rides together and picnics. When I was 15 I saw an ad in the newspaper advertising a local club ride and I went along. That was my first experience of mountain biking and was well out of my skill level but I absolutely loved it and enjoyed the challenge of a new sport that took me outdoors. I was hooked from day one and never looked back from there.
|Have you taught anyone how to ride a bike or introduced someone to the sport?|
When I was a teenager I tried to introduce my friends to this new and wonderful sport I had discovered. None of my friends were overly keen on it, I wasn't a great teacher back then and they all crashed on the first ride which put them off. After I became a physio, I was much better at breaking down movements and skills and being able to explain and teach. I actually taught a few of my patients with chronic pain to ride bikes again to help increase fitness and exercise tolerance in a low impact way. I then took it one step further and started coaching individuals and groups bike skills to raise money for my first year racing as a privateer.
|How do you plan to pass on your love of cycling in 2019 and beyond?|
Group rides and women-specific events aimed at fun and participation.
|Words you live by...|
One of my favourite quotes is from Winnie the Pooh "You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you ever know."