AUSTRALIA -SUMMER SHRED MISSION.

AUSTRALIA -SUMMER SHRED MISSION.

FROM the height of summer to Winter in 36 hours. THE SUMMER SNOWBOARDING mission begun. I have to say I haven’t been so excited for a trip in a long time! There is something about hopping on a flight to Australia. A place I never Imagined going to, and now a place I travel to annually in search of top notch park facilities, fast laps and a great crew to ride with.

Day 1. Mini shred and HOT LAPS :)

Day 1. Mini shred and HOT LAPS :)

I arrived into Canberra the Capital Territory of Australia with Team GB, Two hours later saw us in the sleepy town of Berridale,  50 minutes out of the Perisher Valley, due to lack of accommodation and a mass influx of local shredders the first weekend we stayed in a motel, 7 in a bunk room, it was quite a laugh actually with the whole team in one room, including the kitchen and one toilet - it was tight! But no better way to get the Team vibes off to a good start ha. Fact for you the Snowy Mountains is home to the highest mountain range on the continent, with Thredbo having the highest lifted point in Australia at 2037 METERS! 

The crew. GB Park and Pipe bunking up.

The crew. GB Park and Pipe bunking up.

We got hit hard the first week with weather.

2 hour commute up. Snow = Chains.

2 hour commute up. Snow = Chains.

Lots of snow, a contest closing the park, and high winds. In fact the weather, the majority of the trip was pretty shocking, but that didn’t stop us though. With a prime mini-park it was the perfect set up to warm up, ride a ton of laps and take a few steps back to focus on the key basics, which was actually great for me. 

Shred buddy Silje Norendal.

Shred buddy Silje Norendal.

The crew in Jindy was all time. Most days spent riding for 3-5 hours up top followed by gym/yoga and ice baths in the lake in the afternoon time. The great thing about the town of Jindabyne is it’s considerably warmer than the mountain, with a small percentage of annual snowfall it stays dry in the town which means when you get down from the mountain it’s not like being in the thick of winter. So, it’s the perfect balance for Summer riding. 

7 am. Dropping in.

7 am. Dropping in.

I spent 3 weeks up in the Snowy Mountains. The last week was a banger with 4 days in a row of sun, it was actually hot up on the mountain, which meant early morning sessions were key, as the jumps turned to mush by 10.30am!  We were really lucky to have been invited to join the Australians on one of their early morning sessions on day 2 of the heatwave, which meant that we started riding as the sun rose at 7am with the alarm set for early wake up at 5.30. The T-bar was on and we got 2 hours riding before the park officially opened. Buzzing.

Cab under Nose.

Cab under Nose.

Here are a few clips I put together!

After my last day of riding I linked up with my Roxy Team mates Dara Howell and local Aussie shred Queen Miss T Bright. Torah took us down to Sydney for the weekend and gave us a real insight into local life down in the city. 

Roxy road trip Crew. Torah Bright + Dara Howell.

Roxy road trip Crew. Torah Bright + Dara Howell.

BONDI beach - Mega, I loved it. The morning before I flew I got up at 6.30 to try and tire myself for the flight. Straight to the costal path for the Bondi - Bronte costal run, in fact it was so scenic I kept going right through to Coogee and back. The treat being a massive plate of pancakes at the end. HA I love pancakes and the Aussies definitely know how to do breakfast. I would highly recommend anyone taking a trip there to check out Bondi Wholefoods the pancakes are premium! 

Bondi FLAG.

Bondi FLAG.

Bondi.

Bondi.

Torah also brought me down the coast to check out Newport and further up North along to the land of Home and Away SO CLASSIC. The Australian coast line really is something special.

The legend TB.

The legend TB.

Thanks to everyone for making this trip such a banger, so stoked on riding right now and cannot wait until the Northern Hemi winter begins. Until then The Snow Centre it is :)

It had to be done. The final photo. The obligatory KANGAROO shot. YUS! 

It had to be done. The final photo. The obligatory KANGAROO shot. YUS! 

World First: When I took my Jeep Renegade for a Swim!

World First: When I took my Jeep Renegade for a Swim!

I got a phone call from Jeep a few weeks ago... "Do you fancy attempting a Worlds First?! We'll get you in the Jeep OFF-ROAD". I had to say YES! So to Wales I went and tried my hand at my first White Water rafting off road driving experience. I had a blast. Certain parts of the drive scared me slightly, driving the car into the rapids at such a steep pitch, and the drifting when the water pushed the car, however the car is so solid and handled it so well. It was more technical than fast. I loved it! Enjoy the video and a few photos from behind the scenes.

Before they let the water in!

Before they let the water in!

My view.

My view.

Check out more from the Renegade here! http://www.jeep.co.uk/renegade/

How far can you GO?!! Wings for Life World Run.

How far can you GO?!! Wings for Life World Run.

With the UK turning from almost winter to summer overnight, the Wings for Life World Run kicked off in 25 degrees of heat. With the Red Bull UK team in force at the start, the challenge was ON.

The Red Bull UK crew.

From the left. Sam Oldham, Ryan Doyle, Gordon Benson, George North, Korhan Gayle, Gee Atherton, Shauna Coxsey (tank) me! Jamie Roberts, Elfyn Evans, Danny Macaskill, Paddy Graham.

And it’s ALL GO… 3,2,1 Ryan Doyle and Danny Mac going for the whole shot. If there’s one thing they can claim, it’s that they beat Steve Way for the first 50 meters! Before he proceeded to Win the event running over 60KM.

Going for the whole shot

It was the first time I have ever been at the World Run as a participant, in the past I had been there to support, so I was mega excited to take part. I am by no means a long distance runner, I like running, it’s easy to put on a pair of kicks and just go! That’s what I like about it. Most runs I do are in my off season during the summer months, and I normally would do a maximum of 4 miles. I say 4 miles, normally I just run 3.

With little time to train as the winter season has just come to a close in the Alps,  I had to go for THE last minute STRATEGY… haha… 2 weeks before the race I prepped by doing a 3 mile run as fast as I could, I then did a 5 mile run 2 weeks ago and then for the first time ever, a 7 mile run last week, 3 days before the race. 

Having never run over 7 miles before, I set myself a target of 10 miles, knowing that would be a stretch, but with my inner competitive self ever present, I knew I would really love to hit the 12 mile mark! Not going to lie… once I hit 9 miles my feet were in pieces!! However, the support of the people lining the side of the streets in central Cambridge and right out into the countryside was immense. Children and adults of all ages got involved armed with bottles of water, Red Bull, bananas, oranges, gummy bears, they had even made bacon sarnie’s as well as cupcakes for the finish. A few of the locals had water guns and sprinklers you could run through to keep cool, you name it, they had it! 

At 10 miles I could have quite easily stopped knowing that the car was not too far behind, but I kept the foot down and managed to knock out 13.2 miles. I have to say the last mile was SLOW. We went from running 7 minute miles in the first 3 to my last and 13th mile at 10 minutes! IT WAS brutal, but so worth the pain and for a great cause. 

At 13 miles I could hear the voices and sirens of the catcher car in my sights. So I went for the last minute dash to squeeze out the extra point 2 miles haha. With David Coulthard at the wheel of the Jeep Renegade catcher car, and George North and Gee Atherton up front on the road bikes, they’d got me, I’d been caught -exhausted :) 

Big ups to my partner in crime, for helping me grit through. We ran together and he only beat me my 50 Meters haha! ;)

Big ups to my partner in crime, for helping me grit through. We ran together and he only beat me my 50 Meters haha! ;)

Claiming hard. My 21.2KM with the Jeep Catcher Car.

Claiming hard. My 21.2KM with the Jeep Catcher Car.

The unique thing about the World Run is 100% of the entry fees go straight to the charity (Wings for Life). You can run as far as you physically and mentally want to challenge yourself until the finish line catches you. The UK had 2,500 entries and this went off globally around the world at the same time. Such a cool experience to kick start a race at the same time as people running in countries like Australia, the US, Japan, Canada, Spain, Austria, Italy........  In the UK we got lucky with the start time of midday. Some of my Red Bull US Team mates ran in the DARK, which is also a really cool concept. 

As I write this 24 hours later, it’s safe to say it’s time to put the feet up for a day or two, and enjoy the post race carb feed. Pancakes and sweet potato wedges are on the menu today as well as pretty much anything else I can consume!!! A massive congratulations to everyone who took part, and thank you to each and every one that I ran next to yesterday. The atmosphere was something else and it really made it very special to be a part of, and run for those who can’t. Let’s hope this brings us one step closer to finding that cure. 

Bring on next year!

Caxton FX snow Golf Challenge.

Caxton FX snow Golf Challenge.

At the start of the Winter I linked up with Caxton FX, for a little bit of fun, a snowboard lesson and some team bonding. Mel Reid is a boss when it comes to Golf, but she can also snowboard! Legend ha. Enjoy this fun short video of us attempting the Snow Golf Challenge. 

3rd PLACE SPRING BATTLE

3rd PLACE SPRING BATTLE

After flying from China straight to Austria for Spring Battle

I was chuffed to put down a run which secured me 3rd place. Absolut Park was on fire, best park of the season. Enjoy my run below!