Dickerson grabs moun­tain­bike crown

Kapi-Mana News - - COMMUNITY COOKBOOK - DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

Bryn Dickerson up­set hot favourite Ge­orge Bran­ni­gan to claim the elite down­hill men’s hon­ours at the Ocea­nia moun­tain­bik­ing cham­pi­onships in Queen­stown on March 26.

The Porirua rider clocked 3min 51.84s to grab the ti­tle from Bran­ni­gan, the de­fend­ing na­tional cham­pion, who was sec­ond in 3min 54.37s.

Dickerson said it had been a long time com­ing, and it was in­cred­i­bly sat­is­fy­ing to see his hard work pay off af­ter he crashed and snapped his fe­mur in 2013.

‘‘I had a great run over the week­end. Need­less to say I’m very happy with the re­sult.’’

Dickerson had com­peted at the cham­pi­onships twice be­fore, as a ju­nior in 2009 and in 2011 as an elite rider. ‘‘It’s a great event and ev­ery time I race it I have an ab­so­lute blast.’’

The Pau­ata­hanui 24-year-old started rid­ing in 2005 as an al­ter­na­tive to hik­ing, which he found a bit mun­dane.

Though he dab­bled in var­i­ous sports with rea­son­able suc­cess, none of­fered the same ex­cite­ment, ad­ven­ture and ex­hil­a­ra­tion as moun­tain­bik­ing.

‘‘I am an adren­a­line junkie, so the speed and danger as­pects ap­peal. But I love the places you can go with your bike.

‘‘Some­thing hap­pens on ev­ery ride that makes it spe­cial – it’s never dull.’’

Dickerson said he loved the so­cial as­pects of the sport and go­ing out for a big ride or hit­ting the jumps with friends and push­ing each other to ride faster or jump fur­ther.

‘‘I love rac­ing be­cause the feel­ing of push­ing be­yond your skill lim­its in the pur­suit of speed is ter­ri­fy­ingly ad­dic­tive.’’

Dickerson has com­peted all over the world, from Canada to Nor­way, Scot­land to the Czech Re­pub­lic.

He said he was chas­ing his dream of be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional moun­tain­biker.

‘‘It [the Ocea­nia cham­pi­onships] was pretty dif­fi­cult. Rac­ing a new track with min­i­mal prac­tice time on the course and an in­ter­na­tional field kept things in­ter­est­ing.

He said there was lots of work­ing and train­ing ahead.

He hopes to race in Europe and the United States on the World Cup, Euro­pean and North Amer­i­can cir­cuits.

PHOTO: SIWILLIAMS.CO.NZ

Porirua’s Bryn Dickerson claimed the elite men’s hon­ours at the Ocea­nia moun­tain­bike cham­pi­onships in Queen­stown.

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