To all at Skinny Lattes,
The year really has flown by and has been full of a lot of cycling and amazing experiences. I wish to thank everyone again for awarding me one of the the 2013 Skinny Lattes Sponsored Rider Award and the money was used to help me upgrade my track bike.
The last 12 months have been very rewarding for me on a lot of levels, I have still been single track riding but a lot of my focus has been on the Tandem with my Stoker Rachel Henderson. Rachel and I were paired up in October last year and we have really grown as a team since then. We competed at the Para Track Nationals mid December in Melbourne and we were amazed to win two bronze medals in the Sprint and the 1km TT, and rode a huge PB in the Pursuit, missing out on the Bronze Medal by 3.5 seconds. If you are unaware to be awarded medals at the Para Track Nationals it is not just a case of finishing 1st, 2nd or 3rd you have to ride in a time that is set by certain standards to receive the medals.
At the recent Para Road Nationals that were held in Echuca this May Rachel and I won the Gold medals in the Time Trial and the Road Race and are very proud to be the 2014 Australian Time Trial and Road Champions.
On the single bike I have not been doing a lot of road work as Rachel and I were really been focusing on the Para Road Nationals but on the track I will be competing at the coming ITS (International Track Series) being held here in Adelaide next week, where I now ride for the Physical Edge Cycling Squad. I have still been doing the Cyclocross but the thrill I have riding the Tandem really is becoming the main focus for me and Rachel and I are hoping to improve on our results at this year's Para Track Nationals. We are hoping the in future to be able to make a Worlds Team and possibly make a Commonwealth or Olympic team. We know there is a lot of work to be done to get there and with this in mind I hope one day you will see us there.
I want to thank you again for choosing me for this award and look forward to seeing you out there on the track or road in the future.
Dear Skinny Lattes,
It's hard to believe it's been almost a year since I received one of the 2013 Skinny Lattes Sponsored Rider Awards. I am happy to report, that the money was used to help me travel to Melbourne for the 2013 Para Cycling Track National Championships, where I rode 2 personal bests and had an amazing time! It was my first time competing at a national level, and I learnt lots from the experience and can't wait to do it all again this year. I am also finally getting used to my new prosthesis and the difference it makes to my positioning on the bike is amazing. Although, having a "wrist joint" that I actually have to control is still taking some getting used to. Turns out I've never used my left bicep muscle until now and I can certainly feel it! I am getting more and more confident with the prosthesis now though and am starting to gain some trust in it. Now I often find myself taking my right hand off the bars to do something without even thinking about it. Last week I even managed to grab my drink bottle while holding on with only the prosthesis – quite an achievement for me.
Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend road nationals this year, due to an issue with my hip. I am currently under the care of an orthopedic surgeon and hope to find out in the coming weeks, whether or not the issue can be repaired with surgery. If not, I will look at applying for reclassification. Either way, I will continue to ride and I am hoping to be able to compete with you all in the women's series, and am hoping to get back to training for this years track nationals.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all once again for believing in me enough to award me this sponsorship, and helping me to travel to Melbourne to compete at a national level. That has given me the courage and incentive to continue training and return this year to try and do even better. I look forward to seeing you all out on the bike soon!