Rider wants to test limits against the best
MICHAEL England says he's normally not that competitive, but all that changes when he eases into the saddle of his mountain bike.
His determination isn't aimed at beating his opposition though, rather emptying the tank come race time, pushing his own limits.
Most of the time the approach keeps England among elite company.
But this year he will find out exactly where he sits when measured against the best in the country.
Starting in Alice Springs on Saturday, the mountain biker will ride five rounds of the National Marathon Series.
But first is this weekend, and it's a 90km flat-out race in the Northern Territory.
"I'm looking forward to getting out there and seeing what I have got," England said.
"I feel comfortable with the training I have done so far.
"It is a long season and important to train smart."
England is also riding in the Australian Marathon Mountain Bike Championships in Tasmania and a one-off event in Mackay this year.
Four of the five will count towards his overall standing at the end of the season.
"I always want to do my family, my sponsors and Gladstone proud," he said.
England feels like he is representing the city, especially with the level of support he has received from the community.
England has long been assisted by Multitrade Building Hire, M1 Cycles, MTB Tips and Triple Play Clothing.
He says knowledge of that support does help him when his legs get tired during training.