Nationals At Maydena Bike Park

Matt Staggs Photography

Last week I was in Maydena, Tasmania for the Australian National Championships, it was my first time riding the Maydena bike park, and I wasn’t disappointed.

With a fresh new Trek Session C, my first Downhill bike I was excited to see what I could do.

We had a few sessions on the new Dirt Jumps, perfect for my Ticket. A rad session on Wednesday afternoon, with killer weather for it – one of those sessions where you just can’t stop riding.

Friday night we had the Pumptrack finals, I was confident that I just had to stay in the zone and put down a clean lap. The vibe was sick, and the event was run so smooth, it was great to see. Made the final and put down a good lap, taking the win in Elite women.

Matt Rousu Photography

The Downhill practice went down of a few days, the track was rad – fast, loose and fun. It started off bone dry and dusty, with new ruts and pockets coming up everyday. I felt good on it and was loving the big jumps.

Come seeding we were hit with some rain, making seeding a absolute mud fest, I was stoked to make it down rubber side up! and seed into 3rd.

Race day, my practice run didn’t go well, though it had stopped raining, the track was still muddy, slick and wild. I had a crash, which knocked my confidence a bit. Come finals time, I knew the track had dried up a bit, but I wasn’t sure how much. I made it down without any crashes, and the track was definitely a lot better then my practice that morning- I was happy, but left feeling that I could’ve pushed a bit harder. Managed to come away with 3rd, which I am stoked with.

I continued on to Victoria for the Highline Festival, and my first Slopestyle competition. More on that soon!

Thank you to everyone for the support over Nationals week! as wells Maydena and the whole team there, the medical staff, officials and my competitors.

My sponsors, Trek Bikes, Dharco, Missing Link Bikes, Spank, Maxxis, Vans, Muc Off, Hand Up Gloves and everyone else in my support network.