Will travel to Canada to take on world's best
Local downhill racer Jaxon Sawyer has been selected for the Australian team that will aim to bring the green and gold to the podium at this year’s UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Canada.
The 17-year-old South West Academy of Sport athlete will take timeout from his final-year studies at Newton Moore Senior High School this month to travel to Quebec to compete at the event.
Sawyer is among 43 of Australia’s best cross-country and downhill riders who have earnt a place behind the start line at the Mont-Sainte-Anne ski and mountain bike resort, where the exciting two-wheeled action will unfold.
“It is a big honour to represent your country on the international scene,” Sawyer said.
“It’s a really good opportunity, a once-in-a-lifetime sort of thing.
“I’m pretty pumped to get over there, ride the track, and compare myself to the best.”
Sawyer will use his trademark smooth and in-control racing style to navigate what is expected to be a fast, steep and rocky course.
“A lot of riders are crazy and out-of-control, on the edge. Whereas I tone it down a bit so I make sure I don’t make too many mistakes,” he said.
While the Dalyellup resident is one of five junior Australian riders preparing to make their world championships debut, he has clocked up plenty of experience at state and national representative levels that will stand him in good stead for the upcoming challenge.
The teenage talent has represented the state four times, raced in national series events, and competed at the international Oceania Mountain Bike Championships.
Sawyer’s experience will also come in handy when he puts himself to the test by heading to Snowshoe Bike Park in West Virginia after the Championships for the last stop in the 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup schedule.