Aiden rocks mountain bike stage

Local mountain biker Aiden Varley spent his winter in Europe competing against the world’s best junior downhill mountain bike riders. Varley encountered several hiccups throughout his journey, but said the experience was invaluable.

Local mountain biker Aiden Varley has recently returned from Europe after spending three months on the continent competing in the Downhill World Cup Series.

After travelling to the opening two rounds in South Africa and Cairns, Varley set off with his father Peter at the start of June with the aim to ride events in both Europe and North America.

Competing in the junior class before he steps up to elite men this summer, things didn’t quite work out the way the 18-year-old would have liked.

Varley was running third in the overall standings after strong results in the opening three rounds but he crashed and broke his wrist at round four in Leogang, Austria after going down in a rock garden.

“It was a bit wet and my front wheel slipped out and I put my hands out in front of me so it was pretty simple,” Varley said.

With a six week break scheduled between the Leogang round and the next event in Canada, Valey was determined to be fit for the race.

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