LOCAL cyclist Tristan Ward has had a busy start to the year in his mountain biking.
On March 23 Ward raced the James Williamson Enduro in the elite men’s sprint category.
In a solo effort, he broke away from the lead group, which included cross country eliminator world champion Paul Van da ploug, with about 20 kilometres to go. But the young gun was caught towards the finish and finished fourth.
From April 25 to 27 he represented Australia at the second UCI World Cup for 2014 in Cairns, Queensland.
Ward qualified sixth in the elite men’s cross country eliminator and ended up 13th after the heats.
Unfortunately he crashed out of the Olympic cross country.
Ward travelled to Newcastle from May 29 to June 2 to race the Port to Port mountain bike stage race.
Here there were four stages and over 200 kilometres in mud and sand to contend with.
Ward finished eighth in stage one, 13th in stage two due to a flat tyre, 13th in stage three, 10th in stage four and 11th overall in elite men’s.
Later that month Ward raced the Shimano GP seven hour in North Sydney in a two-man team with his teammate from TORQ performance nutrition.
Ward and his teammate pushed through the long hard day to win the elite men’s team of two and overall line honours.
On the last lap he performed the second fastest lap of the race.
Ward said he has also had good results on the road, winning two A grade criteriums and an A grade handicap race.
“I’ll be doing more and more road throughout the year to reach my goal of racing some national road series tours with the Avanti race team,” he said.