At the age of 40, having raced mountain bikes for 25 years, its taken 20 of them for me to actually get any good at it. You could say I'm a slow learner.
The advent of the "Enduro" niche of mountain biking 5 years ago has meant my "jack-of-all-trades" skills has propelled me from being an "also ran" in the more established disciplines of MTB, to a 3 x Scottish champion in enduro racing, and finishing in the top 5 in elite ,in Scotland, against professional salaried riders half my age .
Working as a Firefighter i have the time to train hard. I have sponsors from Marin Bikes, Sixth Element, Flare Clothing and MSC Tires in the form of equipment. I'm not hard done by by any stretch of the imagination.
However I have a dream that I alone cannot afford to meet. I will be racing in the ENDURO WORLD SERIES in 2019 in the master's age group. Despite saving for this for 4 years, I still don't have the funds to get me across the globe to see if I can be a world champion in my own right. I believe I can , but it certainly won't be easy nor cheap.
The series involves 8 races around the globe.
To stand a chance I need to do all 8 races. This is a dream, filled with hopes, desires, fears and a crazy training plan. Mentally I am there, physically i am there, do i have the skills..... we'll never know unless I actually conquer my fears and actually be there to prove it.
any help you can give from air miles, to accommodation, to finances would be incredible
instagram - @marinmike78
facebook - https://www.facebook.com/mikEnduro
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