AUSTRALIA verses NEW ZEALAND Trans Tasman Test Teams
I travelled with the Australian Senior Test Team to Taupo, New Zealand to compete in the 2015 Trans Tasman Test. I missed this event last year due to surgery and was so excited to make the Australian team again and compete this year. The event also ran the New Zealand North Island Titles. This was a chance for me to catch up with some of my Kiwi friends and race in a country I love, almost as much as Australia.
Our Female Test Team was strong and we knew coming to NZ that their team would be hard to beat. NZ take this event very seriously and they come out and race hard and well as a team with the current World #1 Jessie Smith their top rider.
Before we started the event the team spent time at the local attractions doing Bungee, Jet Boating, Luge and the giant swing. That’s what I love about New Zealand, there is always so much fun to have. We practiced over two days at the Taupo track and I felt like I had it dialled.
On day one we struggled to get good points in the Senior Test Team races and trailed the Kiwi girls by 71 to 46. I was feeling good on the track and got some good points for the team. On the second day we knew we needed to ride smarter and had a big gap to catch them. We tried some new lane choices and got some good points but not enough to catch the NZ girls lead, losing the trophy 105 to 90 points.
In the North Island Titles I was riding very well taking 3 wins and a second, heading in to day 2 as top qualifier. On day 2 I managed another two wins to head to the final on top of the ladder. In the final I chose gate 4 trying to get a good run on the funny first corner. It didn't work as I got squashed by Australia’s #1 Shelby Green and NZ #3 rider Jordan Donaldson. I fought hard finishing on the podium in Third. Still work to do but I had a great time this weekend.
I would like to thank BMXA, NZBMX, Andy Mellish and Joanne Miller, Mum and Dad and all my awesome sponsors.