Brown encouraged by the popularity of the sport

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It was kind of a homecoming for professional mountain biker Casey Brown yesterday as the Crankworx Summer Series debut competition kicked off in Alexandra.

The 31-year-old Canadian-Kiwi finished second in the women’s professional Super D – a mix of downhill and cross-country races brought together in one 6- to 12-minute race – on the first day of competition of the series.

For Brown, the series marks a return to his roots.

Born in Queenstown, and after living on the West Coast, Clyde and Hawea, Brown moved to Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada, in 2002, when she was 11 years old.

It was in Canada that she started mountain biking.

Something about sports just clicked, she said.

” In 2012, I was back here in Central Otago and Queenstown for the first time in a long time. ”

It was the opportunity to experience mountain biking here, said Brown.

Since that visit, she has returned regularly to New Zealand to see the sport develop, especially in central Otago.

In the meantime, she was making a name for herself on the women’s professional circuit.

Although modest in her accomplishments, Brown’s pedigree in the sport is impressive, competing in the World Cup, Enduro World Series and she has been a regular at the Crankworx World Tour, where she was twice crowned Queen of Crankworx. .

Seeing the sport take off in the Central Otago and Queenstown Lakes districts was heartening.

It’s pretty amazing to be back in Alexandra. It has changed so much in terms of mountain biking.

“I’ve seen it before where you have these towns like Alexandra which are just farming towns and then mountain biking takes off and really changes the place.”

Matangi Station MTB, which officially opened on Wednesday, hosted the competition yesterday and was “world class,” she said.

While the Crankworx summer series kept her riding as the Canadian winter set in, it also saved her from sports she “spat” like surfing, she said.

“It’s very humiliating to get into a different sport and not be very good at it. He’s a great leveler. ”


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