2014 – Budget Forklifts

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I am very excited to begin the new year by announcing my new team for this season: Team Budget Forklifts! After the dream year that the team had in 2013 I feel very fortunate to now be a part of such a successful and well drilled outfit. The team dominated the NRS series in Australia and notched up some solid international results. The single kiwi on the 2013 team (my good mate Sam Horgan) performed incredibly, winning the Melbourne-Warnambool, Tour of the Great South Coast and more. There are now 5 NZ riders on the team: Wes Gough, Sam Horgan, Michael Vink, Myron Simpson and me.

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My time with the team kicked off with a training camp on the Gold Coast in December. It was a good chance to meet all the riders, management and sponsors and start to soak up the culture and spirit of the team. There was even some time for a spot of training on our new Cervelo rocket ships: S5 road bikes and P5 time trial bikes. These bikes are mind-blowingly fast: cutting-edge aerodynamics, stiffness and light weight. What more could you ask for in a bike?!

I’m home in Nelson at the moment visiting my family for the first time in way too long and racing the Tour de Vineyards while I’m here. It’s always good fun racing at home on the roads where I used to train and catching up with familiar faces from my cycling club Tasman Wheelers.

Next up is the Elite National Championships in Christchurch and preparations seem to be on track so far. Looking forward to donning the yellow and black for the time trial on the 10th of January and racing alongside the rest of the kiwi division of the Budget Forklifts Team for the road race on the 12th of January!