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