Something I’ve learnt that is really important, is the connections you make. Knowing people and staying in contact with people who are willing to help you is so important**. Through my partner Aron, who is Belgian, I have met my coach, who I am very lucky to have been taken on board by. Through racing, I have met photographers, and supporters, some of whom help and support me entirely off of their own backs, and are constantly showing me support whether I am in Belgium or back home in Australia, asking nothing in return. Through other Australians I have met people who have since become a friendly and familiar face in a crowd of strangers. Having someone willing to assist at start and finish lines of races is imperative when conditions are extremely cold and you most definitely need a jacket and long pants before and after your race.
Other connections I have made are with people with a campervan, who open it up to me whenever they are able to get to a race I’m doing – something I certainly don’t take for granted. Through my coach, I have made contact with others involved in the cycling industry, who are invaluable. I have met people from different countries, different backgrounds, different careers, hobbies, lives.The list of connections made can go on, and on, but one thing is for sure, I appreciate them. I’ve learnt how important connections are, and I can only hope that the connections I have made are able to help other young Aussies with a dream of racing CX in future.
**This applies not only to cycling, but to LIFE
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