Other than an early season hip flexor injury, 16-year-old Amanda Wakeling has had a strong 2011 season racing on her cross-country mountain bike.
Competing at a national level for her bigger races this season, Wakeling competed in three Canada Cups as well as Canadian National XC MTB Championships. “The Canada Cups and Nationals were my races to peak for this year, my focus races,” Wakeling says. The dedicated young rider adds she always gives her best shot and works hard for her results. She loves to ride her bike and she loves to improve.
Wakeling has had some solid races this year in the Expert Junior (17-18) women’s category, placing 7th at Baie-Saint-Paul, QC Canada Cup, 10th at Hardwood Hills, ON Canada Cup, 7th at Canmore, AB Canadian National Championships and 5th at Edmonton, AB Canada Cup finals.
Wakeling also raced a couple of the Island MTB XC series races, a couple of BC Cups as well as 12 hours of Cumberland on a team with one of her good pals, Andrew Brown.
Next, Wakeling will be heading off to Western Canada Games and then after that is looking forward to a strong season of cyclocross racing in the fall.
Wakeling would like to thank all the sponsors of the Trail Bicycles Eatmore Sprouts Team, the Cycling BC Team, Shelley Gartside at Odlum Brown, her coaches, her friends and her family.
But more than anyone else Wakeling would like to give the biggest thanks to her mom and dad. “They are my biggest support crew,” Wakeling says. “They are truly the best and without them I would be nowhere.”