It is an exciting change moving from a 29r wheel size to the smaller 27.5. First impressions are very promising. The bike handles amazingly well and feels fast especially when cornering and accelerating. I can’t wait to get the XTC 0 into action, and really test it out in the first race for the 2014 season at the Wellington NZ Cup round on the 19th of January.
I took the chance to really recuperate and freshen up after a long race season this year with a good long break from training after World Champs. 2014 will be a bit of a step up moving from the U23 age grade to Elite Men at World Cup and World Championship level so I wanted to make sure I was ready to handle the increase in training and preparation needed to make this jump. It will be a bit of a learning curve for a while but I have been working hard since getting back into action in November including trying a few new things with the training. Progress has been good with positive signs already for the races to come over the NZ summer.
National Champs here in Rotorua in February will be a big target as well as the Oceania Championships down in Mt Hutt in March. The 2nd World Cup round of the year in Cairns, Australia at the end of April is also a huge goal and I am very excited about the prospect of racing the Worlds best so close to home.