By TRACEY ROXBURGH
For Queenstown’s newest pro mountain biker Louise Ferguson, it was a weekend of firsts.
The Scottish-born 25-year-old isn’t wasting any time making a name for herself on the international circuit, having quit her job as a tiler in the resort earlier this year and, thanks to support from sponsors ilabb and Nukeproof bikes, jetted off for her first crack overseas.
With competitions lined up in the United States, UK, Europe and Canada, one of her first goals was to qualify for the World Cup, representing her native Great Britain.
Qualify she did, and over the weekend she made it to her first World Cup downhill final, in Leogang, Austria, where she also made it to the podium for the first time, finishing in fourth place overall.
In a social media post, Ferguson says she couldn’t have done it without the ‘‘bloody legends’’ supporting her, and ‘‘#yesicried’’.
‘‘My goal was to qualify for the World Cup finals,’’ she wrote, ‘‘so I’m overwhelmed with feelings and gratitude for the whole week.
‘‘I just had fun and rode my bike.
‘‘That is the best feeling ever.’’
Next stop was going to be Crankworx at Innsbruck, Austria, but Ferguson says Covid finally got her, ‘‘so just gonna chill for the next week’’.