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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand
I am a professional cyclist for Drapac Pro Cycling. An Australian registered Pro Continental team. My hometown is Dunedin in New Zealand. I also study business and event management. Racing my bike around the globe aiming to get to the highest level in the sport.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

USA First 3 Weeks including first wins

To start I had a very busy June moving houses, studying for exams, training and then the big trip to the USA.


I received some great exam results with confirmation that I have passed my last University papers and now have enough points to graduate in December. This is a pretty big part of my last 3 years and is great to finish.

Cycling in the USA

I am currently living in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, USA its about 2 hours west of New York.
Here there is a world class track league at the Valley Preferred Cycling Centre in Trexlertown (15km away) with racing every Tuesday (Pro-Am) and Friday (Professionals).

First Win- UCI Scratch race Festival of Speed

So far I have been doing very well. I won my first race on the track and it was a major one. It was a UCI Scratch race during the first weekend I was here. It was the main endurance event of the Festival of Speed and has international ranking points attached to it. I won with an attack 7 laps to go. The previous night we had a 80 lap points race and 100 lap madison. It was hitting the ground running with hard and fast races and I suffered in the heat a bit.

Then on Tuesday night 1st July I won the Omnium overall that night.

Racing took a break for 4th of July Independence Day celebrations so I took the oppourtunity to go to New York and see my girlfirend Holly currently at Camp America there. NYC was awesome did some of the usual sights including Central Park.
Bear Creek Mountain Resort

Wall Street

Last week Tuesday track racing was rained off. On the Friday I placed second overall that night to fellow kiwi sprinter Jeremy Presbury. Much of the racing was quite short which didn't suit me but is great speed training all round.


1st Road Criterium Win (video link below)

Photo: Grayson Napier takes 3rd in The Mayors Cup in Marietta, excellent riding from all the lads with Scotty again spending a bit of time off the front.  Good to see the race was won by another kiwi fast man Brad Evans. Off to Connecticut tomorrow to race the New Britain GP!
Photo from L&M Racing

Historic Marietta Criterium Pro Finish YouTube Video

On Saturday I took the opportunity to travel to a race 65miles away called the Historic Marietta Criterium with a couple guys from Kutztown. It was 35miles, quite long in the heat, however I felt strong and came away with the win and a few primes too. Another Kiwi Grayson finished well in third. The race was sponsored by a few craft breweries so we came away with a few beers too.

Tonight I have another weekly track night followed by Keystone Cup this Friday and maybe some Crits on the weekend if I can get to them.

Thanks for reading.

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