Our new­est colum­nist in­tro­duces her­self

Mountain Biking UK - - UPLIFT -

I’m stoked to be scrib­bling a col­umn in MBUK ev­ery few months. I’ll be rav­ing on about all sorts of MTB-re­lated things and what I’ve been up to. I hope you en­joy it!

A lit­tle bit about me… I grew up in New Zealand and moved to the UK four years ago (yes, peo­ple think it’s odd, but it’s some­thing I’ll ex­plain in ar­ti­cles to come!). I raced DH World Cups for six years un­til, at the end of 2016, I fell in love with more of a ‘freeride’ ap­proach to rid­ing. I’ve since been learn­ing tricks, mak­ing videos and gen­er­ally lov­ing be­ing com­pet­i­tive with my­self and my own progress, rather than other riders and the clock. I ride for a rad bunch of com­pa­nies who’ve made it pos­si­ble for me to make a liv­ing from rid­ing – which is more than a dream come true!

Hav­ing moved to the South Wales val­leys from Bris­tol a few weeks ago, I’m still blown away by the fact that I can ride from my doorstep to some of the sick­est trails around! I’m cur­rently gear­ing up for a busy month of film­ing, women’s events and a trip to Is­rael with Marin Bikes. Ex­cit­ing! I hope ev­ery­one’s en­joy­ing the crisp au­tumn vibes (my favourite time of the year). Mes­sage me on In­sta­gram (@veronique­san­dler) if there’s any­thing you’d like to hear me blab­ber on about in my col­umns!

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