Wildomar, CA- It was an up and down weekend for Team Monster Energy-Specialized at the first round of the Mountain Bike World Cup in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. World Champion Sam Hill (AUS) turned in a respectable 8th place finish on an extremely pedally track, while Junior World Champ Troy Brosnan (AUS) rode to a career best 23rd place finish with the Elite men taking the leader's jersey as the fastest junior. Brendan Fairclough ended his weekend early in a mishap during the previous day’s qualifying session.
Here are some good photos of me from shooting with Jan Pirnat.
The last 12 days we had the best weather possible in Västervik. Sun, Wind and sometimes some clouds but today it started to snow! Now the forecast isn´t looking that good anymore but we hope it will change. Here i have some pics from most of the hardest boulders we did the last weeks here in Sweden. Counting Down 2 , movie from Västervik
Several months ago, my girlfriend and fellow five ten athlete, Vikki Weldon, told me about an idea she had for the Junior team at our local climbing gym. Vikki has been coaching the team at the Edge Climbing Centre for several years, and she wanted to create a scholarship for the kids to pursue climbing goals that they otherwise couldn't afford.
February 1st, Sophia (my girlfriend) and I leave Rotterdam (the Netherlands). We quit our job, paused our studies and quit our house. The plan is to go climbing for the next 6 months in Spain, Austria and everywhere in between.
The first half of 2011 is coming together nicely in sunny Southern California. I've been fortunate enough to spend most of my weekends split between Bishop, Black Mountain, The Republic, or a few other spots trying to send everything I can get my hands on. It seems like I'm finally back to my pre-college fitness, ticking off at least a V10 each time I head out. I'm starting to feel much more aware of my body position and its minute effects on my climbing and I'm encouraged by the progress I've made on problems that are definitely not my...