Our aim is to support young riders and help them become better people, using cycling as a way to achieve that goal. Along the way we hope to help some riders make it onto the world stage, turn pro and inspire the next generation.
Young people who choose to compete at high level sports are some of the most gifted, most determined and most capable people around. With the right support they can be a great gift to the world, well beyond results and marketing opportunities.
We are going to try our best to bring out the best in our riders.
Kashi was keen to find a way to share some of his experiences after 13 years racing on the world circuit as NZ’s top XC rider. Recently Kashi and his wife Roshni moved their family from Dunedin to Rotorua, in part to be more involved with the high performance MTB scene again. Kashi's primary role on the team is as a mentor and working with the riders on their development, which includes regular zoom calls and bringing in other experts to advise athletes on everything from nutrition, to strength work to travel tips.
We have great collaboration from a number of companies to help support the riders:
Yeti Cycles are supporting the programme from head office with some extra support at the product level, plus when the riders travel internationally.
Fox Racing and Shimano are supporting the team with discounts and excellent back-up service, which is so necessary with how hard and how many hours these riders put in.
Special shout out to Wide Open & Marleens, who are two of NZ's best MTB distributors. They are supplying us with free consumables and passing on great deals to the team on many of the other products they are needing.
We are open to any sponsorship enquiries who are genuinely interested in supporting the team and our mission!
We have made the decision to allow all 12 team riders the chance to continue with the team for another year so they all get a full 2 years in the programme.
We will however start looking out for talented young riders now already for the 24/25 season. As you will see by the current crop of riders, this program is for riders already at an extremely high level.
The things we would be looking for is both raw talent, but also people with a good attitude and a bit of maturity.
If you are a young rider with big aspirations, please feel free to get in touch with Kashi (email@example.com) and he can hopefully give you an idea of how it works and provide some advice on good next steps.