Gnarly Nutrition sponsored pro-mountain biker Amanda Batty is chronicling her preparations for the UCI Mountain Biking World Cup races in Cairns, Austrailia coming up April 26-29.
“Two years. Twenty four months. Seven hundred and thirty days. Seventeen thousand, five hundred and twenty hours.
The last weekend of May, 2012. Nearly two years ago, I raced my first-ever DH race and fell in love. I decided I wanted to take it somewhere, but ultimately, it has taken me. And 23 months to the very day that I began my bicycle racing journey, I will be achieving my dreams of competing on the UCI World Cup circuit. It will be closing a circle, but opening up a whole world.
I gave myself two years… And I have somewhere around 14 weeks left of that two years.
Over the next 10, however, I’m going to prepare to tackle a course that is returning to the circuit after a ten year hiatus. It’s one of the longest, hairiest DH tracks on earth, and as I’m most comfortable in waaaaay over my head, I figured I’d start my WC journey there. After all, what better way to hit the ground running than on the craziest track possible as a new racer? Sink or swim, baby. Sink or swim.”
Amanda, by the way, is not only a fearless DH mountain bike racer, but whips up an absolutely kickass batch of homemade chocolate truffles. We’ll be keeping an eye on her progress and posting updates here. You can follow her on Twitter or on her blog.