Young rider ready for the hard road ahead
A SMILE lit up Zac Perry's face as he slipped his goggles off and sipped his drink after completing his fourth lap at the Curtis Coast Trail Riders final junior event of the year.
Zac was well ahead of the pack and could afford the time to rest his body and bike alike.
While he only started trail-riding earlier this year, the 10-year-old has taken to the sport with aplomb, having ridden motorbikes since he was three.
"I started because it is fun and enjoyable," he said.
While still competing in the younger age divisions, Zac knows that to reach his full potential he will need to continue to advance his skills.
He demonstrated his determination at the weekend when after a short drink break he quickly returned to the dirt trail even though he was tired having already ridden for one hour and 40 minutes.
"I train hard and put a lot of effort into it," Zac said.
While he rides for fun, Zac is also serious about preparing properly and performing to his potential, something his mum Allison knows all about.
"Before we come to an event we talk about strategy," she said.
"We talk about alternating body position to prevent injury and working on what was bad last time out."
The most important and exciting part for Zac though, according to his mum, is getting the chance to see some of his friends again.
"The thing he was most excited about was seeing his friends from Rockhampton again who have come down," she said.