The following people and organisations support me to ride, race and enjoy every bit of satisfaction that sweet, flowy trails have to offer. They also make a large contribution to the local and international growth of mountain bike riding. Please consider supporting them in return.
Located on the commuter route from Sydney city to Homebush, the Bicycle Garage, in Lilyfield, is the type of shop that makes your local neighbourhood a better place. They offer a professional, affordable bike fit service, regular shop rides, smooth creamy coffee and are genuinely excited to see more people get into bike riding. Given the passion and smarts of the shop’s staff, it’s no surprise to see more cyclists on Sydney’s roads and a fast-growing “BG” presence at mountain bike events as well.
Big players on the world scene, Adidas Eyewear also support a large number of local riders. The well-researched sunglasses use high-quality materials, offer several frame colour and lens options and come in an impressive range of sport specific models. This leaves your focus where it should be – hammering trails, rather than squinting through the trees and wondering what’s ahead.
Radical-Lights are an innovative Australian company specialising in high-end lighting systems. Quality components and fresh approaches to product design and operation make night riding relaxing, exhilarating and something to really look forward to. As well as racing for the brand, I will be working with Radical-Lights on research and development for future projects. This is a company that takes rider experiences seriously to keep their lights, and racers, at the top of their game.
DIY MTB are the go to, or phone to, place for suspension servicing and advice. Not only do they have a wealth of knowledge for setting up and maintaining all brands of bounce, but they also bring in a range of parts and equipment to keep the rest of your bike feeling good too. And just to make sure there’s somewhere to ride said equipment, the company are keenly involved in trail building and event organisation in their local riding community, too.
Alongside a strong national presence, the Aussie based Merida Flight Centre racing team also has a focus on developing promising riders from around the country. Merida’s high-end bikes are light and nimble and have undergone a thorough research and testing process before they land in shops. Perhaps this is the secret to the numerous World Cup podiums the brand has achieved.
Western Sydney Mountain Bike Club are the second largest MTB club in Australia. They host some great races for people into cross country, downhill, 4X and enduros, and place a strong emphasis on getting juniors involved in the sport as well. Check the website for info on upcoming races and come along to a track work day if you want to give something back.