QOM AMBASSADOR - EMMA UPTON
Posted on December 01 2019
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS FOR 2020?
I have a few little ones.
Attempting to beat 2019s time for the Convict 100 Mtb Race. Trying to finish an extra lap in our Diamonds in the Dirt women's only mtb race compared to 2019. Also get to more club racing over the year.
And especially more rides with the girls. It's more chatting and laughing then riding at times but it's good for the soul!!
WHEN DID YOUR CYCLING/MTBING JOURNEY START?
My husband bought me a mtb bike for my 24th bday and I wasn't really into it. It wasn't until a few of his riding friends wives decided to get together for a ride one afternoon. I almost didn't go as I was so nervous about meeting them and riding but im so glad I did. From there my love for riding grew as well as the friendships I made. Soon I was riding more frequently and getting faster and more confident. Over the last few years I've done things I never could imagine with both Kristi and Annie. (My girl gang) Racing road bikes and over the last 12 months racing mtb bikes. My skills amd confidence is getting better and I've been super lucky to befriended the girls as life wouldn't be the same without then!
WHAT SET OF WHEELS DO YOU HAVE?
My road bike is a Specalized Allez and my mtb is a Specialized Camber
WHERE'S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO RIDE & WHY?
Awaba Mtb Park NSW is so much fun! For me its challenging and tests my skills but I always love riding there! Even when I come off haha.
My local trails in Medowie are also pretty awesome. We have a 10km single track loop with a few obsticals and lots of State Forrest with many loops and trails to enjoy!
ON AVERAGE HOW MANY KMS DO YOU RIDE A WEEK?
My goal each week is to reach 100km and 1000m of elevation. Most weeks I smash that but others (mainly through winter) I dont quiet reach it. 5000km a year is my ultimate goal.
WHAT CAN'T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?
My 2 doggos!!
And of cause my bikes!!
WHAT'S YOUR ADVICE FOR SOMEONE WHO IS JUST STARTING OUT ON THEIR CYCLING/MTBING JOURNEY?
Find a group of people that you feel comfortable around, that encourage you and enjoy riding. Riding with friends makes things easier and more fun!
Make sure to keep it fun!
Give that roll over a go. What's the worst that will happen!
If you fall, and you will, dust yourself off and try again.
Look forward and not down (personal experience there)
Mainly just get out and ride. You can read about different skills, people can tell you about skills which is great but going out and trying things over and over again is how you learn and gain confidence.
Also it can be scary but we all start from somehwere!