Bike rider learns skills for future glory
KAIDEN Carter-Lanzon is used to being at the pointy end of mountain bike racing.
At only 15-years-old, Kaiden has finished third at the Queensland State Championships cross-country under-17 competition, his first venture into the state level.
"I have not been to states before," he said. "My expectations were to try and podium or maybe make the top five.
"It was my goal anyway."
Still with the chance to go to the championships at the same age again, Kaiden feels like he can only get better, especially after giving away experience and a couple of years to many in the field.
Kaiden said the race was harder than any competition he had been in before.
Having felt the pressure, he is confident his riding will only keep getting better.
The event taught him a race can go any way, and to be open to whatever happened on the track.
"It is funny, because in a race situation it is always different," he said.
"I put it all out there and didn't leave anything behind."
Kaiden also learnt how important the support behind him could be in a tough situation.
Even out on track in a solitary position, Kaiden was drawing upon tips from his father Chris and remembering the time, effort and emotional assistance he gets from others in his life.
"I need to thank everyone who helps me, LJ Hooker, M1 Cycles and dad. They got behind me and kept the pedals turning," he said.
"When I think about the amount of kids who ride their bike in that style, it is overwhelming to think I have done this.
"I almost cried because it has finally happened. It definitely made me believe in myself."