A pair of top local mountain bikers are heading overseas to compete – but will be doing it tough financially.
Kate Fluker and Reon Boe are off to compete on the circuit in the United Kingdom and Europe, hoping to pick up European sponsorship along the way.
Fluker says: “This is our first trip overseas together and it’s looking like it’s going to be quite expensive.”
Boe will compete at downhill events and Fluker, who was recently recruited by the New Zealand Cross Country Team, will focus on elite women’s cross country.
The pair have been blazing a trail on the local and national bike scene.
Fluker won the NZ Women’s National Cross Country Championships and was runner-up in the Women’s Cross Country Nationals.
The talented rider also managed to beat her own Motatapu bike race course record set in 2012. At the 2013 event last month, which sees competitors race over high country from Wanaka to Arrowtown, she knocked a whopping seven minutes off her time.
Injury has slowed Boe early on in the season but he rebounded in last month’s Queenstown Bike Festival, one of the few riders to compete in nearly every event.
Prior to his festival free-for-all, Boe told Mountain Scene: “Usually I concentrate on the downhill but I had so much fun doing slopestyle last year – such a sick atmosphere, just awesome.
“It should be a big couple of weeks, pretty hard.”
Boe competed in the aerial extravaganza that is the Teva Slopestyle around a temporary high-ramps course on Ballarat Street’s carpark and finished seventh in the DirtMasters Downhill overall, but first amongst the non-professional riders.
Boe came fourth in the inaugural Mega Avalanche race, involving a mass start down the Remarkables mountain range.
As the pair head off to cast their bread on the water overseas, they’re looking for any support they can get.
Last month, Fluker launched her own website www.katefluker.com, with the hope of generating corporate support for their trip.
Fluker also plans to use it as a way of staying in touch with friends while they’re overseas.
“It’s a great way of updating our adventures and results for people back home to keep track of us,” she says.