I've decided to defend my UCI Masters 65+ Mountain Bike World Championships title to be contested at Mount Saint Anne, in Quebec, Canada this August. The flights have been booked and the accommodation is confirmed. The final decision to go was made after completing New Zealand's most intensely challenging mountain bike race last Saturday - The Karapoti Classic. Why? Because the race confirmed that I'm in the best shape of my life. I know I'm going to be hard to beat. I ha
Well, I have had two goes at winning the UCI Masters Mountain Bike World Championships and come up short each time. The first was in Norway three years ago and the last in Andorra earlier this year. Andorra was tantalisingly close - just 30 seconds separated me from the winner. If only I had not been seeded last in the field! You can read my Andorra report here: http://www.garymoller.com/single-post/2017/06/23/A-Ferrari-beat-me-at-the-UCI-Masters-Mountain-Bike-World-Champi
This is typical of what I eat for breakfast: Free Range Eggs from our neighbour's parents who live up the Coast Black Pudding from Island Bay Butchers Free Range Bacon, also from Island Bay Butchers These are gently fried in lard or coconut oil. Egg yolks are kept runny so as to minimise heat damage to the delicate nutrients in the yolk. The eggs are generously seasoned with pink salt, turmeric and black pepper - all have health benefits, especially when turmeric is dissolved
At least it was not a Trabant I was overcome by a mix of joy and sheer exhaustion as I crossed the finish line to take second place in the world championships. Just 40 minutes ago, my prospects of winning anything were grim. I'll explain why and tell you how the race went, and explain why I was so delighted to win silver, although my goal for the past several years has always been a laser-focus on winning gold - not silver. This is the proverbial 'fish that got away' story.
Developing winning form and a winning attitude for the April 2017 World Masters Games Mountain Bike Championships and the June 2017 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships Image: Gary celebrating his World Masters Games Gold Medal Winning gold at the 2017 World Masters Games was great fun and the win against very tough competition was not unexpected. I'll tell you why... Because I had the numbers to support the prediction of a win: Nobody in New Zealand or Australia, over the
The Government has announced that the retirement age will be increased from 65 to 67 years in 20 years time. The rationale for this increase is that life expectancy is increasing while the burgeoning cost of the universal pension is unsustainable. It would appear that the majority of Kiwis have accepted this. I don't. I think this policy announcement is a political cop out. I think it is dishonest and morally reprehensible. I think it is a preemptive move to prevent the
This man, Michael Fitzpatrick, is talking good sense. Go to your doctor when you are unwell. If you are generally "well", then chill out. Enjoy life. Go ride a bike, hike, explore this amazing planet. Your doctor provides you with a wonderful and indispensable service when you are ill; but not when you are well. I say this with a proviso or two: Your doctor is great for mending broken bones, healing torn flesh and quenching raging infections. Your doctor is a blessed life-s