For Toby and Rory Meek, mountain biking’s in the blood.
The Queenstown brothers, aged 14 and 12 respectively, recently jetted off to Canada to compete at Crankworx Whistler.
Mum Donna Meek says Crankworx is special for youth riders because it’s one of the few major mountain biking events where young riders can compete on the same courses as the pro riders.
“As youth development and bike technology go from strength to strength worldwide, young riders are showing they can ride at skill levels not previously realised.”
The boys were due to spend two weeks at Crankworx before flying home to Queenstown for a short break. Then it’s off to California for the US Open MTB.
The boys have both had plenty of success at the comp in the past. Rory is a two-time under-12 boys’ champion, and he’s itching to defend the title again. Toby won bronze in the U15 category last year.
Donna says the boys are “regular ambassadors for the sport and they wave the Kiwi flag wherever they go. They’re always happy to share their love of the sport with others, and it’s the lasting friendships that go way beyond the highs of medals or rankings.
“It’s just such a fun scene to be part of. Freedom, friendship and adrenaline mixed into one.”
– DAISY HUDSON