Sunday, December 07, 2014

New Challenges and Big Changes


I've really got to get better at posting. Normally I don't post when there isn't that much to tell, but since my last update there's been a lot to share. Starting with the biggest piece of news is that back in October I left my position at Honey Stinger, and effectively my spot on the Honey Stinger/Bontrager race team. This was a decision that was not taken lightly, but something I have been been thinking about for a while. I do want to say thanks to Honey Stinger and Big Agnes for the past 4 years, and all that I have learned and gained from them. It was quite a ride, but the time had come for a change and some new pursuits in life and also racing. Today I just signed a contract with a new team which I couldn't be more excited to be involved with. But more on that to come.

Like, I said, that wasn't a decision taken lightly and can't help but thank everyone at both companies and also all the team mates and team sponsors over the years. Trek, Bontrager, Adidas Eyewear, Westone Music, Backcountry.com, Voler, Primal, Osprey Packs, Smartwool, PlanetFoods. All of them and many more have been a huge help over the years and and provided me with some of the best equipment for racing and training.

Bonelli Park Pro XCT 2013

 I can really honestly say the Honey Stinger/Trek program has really helped me develop as a racer, and have lots of great memories from past races.

Aspen Circuit Race XC where I beat Lance Armstrong

Breck RME Podium with great friend, Jesse Swift

12hrs of Mesa Verde with Kelly Magelky and Jen Gersbach
Aside from the career and team changes, I have been mostly laying low this fall. Last year I really hit the cross season pretty hard after a good mountain bike season and then paid for it a bit last spring. This year I really focussed on resting up, and getting things for 2015 all set. I've also taken full advantage of the great fall to get in lots of sweet mountainbike and moto rides.

Since I've had a bit more time on my hand's I've finally been able to get in more riding with good friend Sam Stevens on the moto. After smashing the WEBE Enduro Series this year he's also been training like a mad man for next season too. It's awesome having someone else around who is also super motived. All in all I'm super excited for all the new changes all thats to come.

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