Gordon Allan

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Born: 3rd April 1998
Category: Para-Cycling
Location: Sydney, NSW
Favourite discipline: Road

Gordon is a Para-Cyclist who has mild Cerebral Palsy which affects the muscles on the right side of his body, putting him into the C3 Classification for cycling. He started riding a bike in 2010 and took up cycling seriously late in 2013. He has raced in both the road and track disciplines for the past 2 years at a state and national level. As Para-Cycling has no age categories he is always racing in an open field against much older competitors.

Gordon trains 6 days a week which includes track and road training as well as club racing. He is a student at Patrician Brothers College Blacktown and will be completing year 12 in 2016. His goal is to represent Australia at both Paralympic Games and World Championships, with Tokyo 2020 being the main target.

Brief Achievements:

  • Medallist at the Australian Para-Cycling Road Championships.
  • 2 x Medallist at the Australian Para-Cycling Track Championships.
  • 4 x C3 NSW State Champion on the track.

Upcoming competitions 2015/16:

  • 2016 NSW Para-Cycling Track Championships and aiming to be selected into the state team for the Australian championships.
  • 2016 Australian Para-Cycling Road Championships (Road and Time Trial)

Instagram: www.instagram.com/gordon.3

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Jesse Parahi

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Professional Rugby Union Player
Height: 190cm
Weight: 103 kg
Hometown: Avoca Beach, NSW
Current City: Avalon, NSW
Instagram: @jparahi

Jesse has been a regular fixture in the Rugby Sevens World Series since his Debut in London 2010. He won a Bronze medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in 2014, Participated in Sevens Rugby World Cup in Moscow, was awarded the 2012 RUPA sevens excellence award and has been able to travel the world as part of the series. Following on from a great sevens season in 2015, where the team qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games, Jesse is now working with the team towards their preparation for the biggest sporting show on earth.

Away from Rugby Jesse likes to lead an active lifestyle surfing and training at F45 Mona Vale in his spare time. Also, with his partner Carlien, they have established Sense Rugby, which runs Rugby-Themed Occupational Therapy groups for kids with special needs.

As a professional rugby player he is under immense pressure to perform at his peak week in week out and it is vital that he gets the most out of each and every training session. This is why it is so important to Jesse that he is well nourished and putting the best foods possible in. Pure Edge is simplifying this by providing him with nutritious, high quality natural and Australian Certified Organic sports nutrition.

Upcoming events
Paris and London Rugby Sevens Tournaments – May 2016

Social Media
Instagram: www.instagram.com/jparahi
Facebook: www.facebook.com/jparahi

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Jayden Ward

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Jayden Ward – Athlete Bio.

Born: 16.10.1996

Age: 19 (2015)

Category: U23

Weight / Height: 75 kg / 184 cm

Hometown: Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Hobbies:  Fishing, Bird Watching

Favourite Bike: Emonda SLR 8

Highlights:

  • Australian Junior MTB Team (2014)
  • Top 3 National Series U19 (2014)

Jayden took up cycling at an early age.

His passion for the sport has taken them to the highest level of competition internationally, representing Australia at numerous UCI World Cups and World Championships.

Jayden is currently ranked amongst the top mountain bike riders in Australia, and with his brother Kyle has proven to be a strong team in the numerous pair’s races they have competed in.

For the last few years Kyle and Jayden have pursued there cycling goals whilst representing different Teams, Sponsors and Brands.

With both men now competing in the elite ranks, they are looking to assist each other in achieving their individual and team goals, by working together and getting the most out of there skills and talent.

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Kyle Ward

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Kyle Ward – Athlete Bio.

Born: 22.02.1992

​Age: 23 (2015)

Category: Elite

Weight / Height: 70 kg / 182 cm

Hometown: Wollongong, NSW, Australia

Hobbies: Surfing, Music

Favourite Bike: Trek Fuel EX 9

Highlights:

  • ​Multiple Australian MTB Team Rep.
  • ​Top 3 National Series U23 (2012)

 

Kyle took up cycling at an early age.

His passion for the sport has taken him to the highest level of competition internationally, with both representing Australia at numerous UCI World Cups and World Championships.

Kyle is currently ranked amongst the top mountain bike riders in Australia, and riding with his brother Jayden, has proven to be a strong team in the numerous pair’s races they have competed in.

For the last few years Kyle and Jayden have pursued there cycling goals whilst representing different Teams, Sponsors and Brands.

With both men now competing in the elite ranks, they are looking to assist each other in achieving their individual and team goals, by working together and getting the most out of there skills and talent.

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Kathy Nisbet

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Kathy is a Health Coach who LOVES practising what she preaches – especially when it comes to competing in sports! Historically Kathy has competed in many endurance-related sports events (including placing first in her last Multisport event; Marathons and Ultra-Endurance Cycling 200 & 250km events), however as she continually learns more about the human body and its capabilities through her studies and influences, Kathy opted for a change in 2013 and started Bodybuilding. Kathy was fascinated to see how this mode of training could complement her health, fitness, physique and bring greater balance to her busy life. Generally, she finds bodybuilding takes up less time than traditional training for her chosen endurance events particularly given increased time constraints to train with two toddlers. Kathy is passionate about the science behind Bodybuilding and enjoys the creativity that comes with the “sculpting” side of things.

Kathy has competed in several bodybuilding competitions in the Figure/Physique category in NSW, placing third in her second competition.

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Mike Blewitt – Subaru – marathonMTB.com

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Mike has made riding, travelling, racing and talking non-stop about all three his life. Mike is happy to be racing anywhere, anytime, and just about any discipline. A penchant for marathon stage races has taken Mike to podium places and top 10s at Transalp, Crocodile Trophy, Mongolia Bike Challenge and more. For 2015, Mike will challenge himself with racing the National XCO Series before turning his attention to Australian Marathon races including the National Championships in Derby.

Recent Highlights

  • 3rd Mixed Pairs Sudety MTB Challenge 2014
  • 10th Mongolia Bike Challenge 2013
  • 14th Elite Men, Crocodile Trophy 2014
  • Winner, Easter in the Alice 2014

2015 Target Events

  • Australian National Championships XCO,
    Bright, March
  • Easter in the Alice Stage Race,
    Alice Springs, April
  • Australian National Marathon Championships,
    Derby, May
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Sebastian Jayne – Subaru – marathonMTB.com

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Sebastian is one of the best U23 cross-country racers in Australia, with a passion for smashing it on his Bianchi Methanol 29 SL for an hour and a half. Along with his XCO racing, Sebastian races a variety of marathon and stage races at home and abroad. Under his belt already are multiple national XC seasons, two European racing trips and a variety of endurance events with podiums and wins. 2015 has Sebastian racing the National Series and select World Cups in an effort to gain Commonwealth Games and Olympic Games selection. At home, Sebastian will compete in a variety of Australia’s iconic marathons and stage races, and writes for MarathonMTB.com about racing, eating, and life in Bright, Victoria.

Recent Highlights

  • 3rd, Elite Men, XCE National Series 2014

2015 Target Events

  • Oceania Championships, Toowoomba, March
  • Australian National Championships XCO,
  • Bright, March
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Imogen Smith – Subaru – marathonMTB.com

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Imogen has been racing road and mountain bikes for twelve years and has been hooked on marathon mountain biking since racing Transalp in 2013 with Mike Blewitt, where they came third in mixed pairs. Imogen is the most prolific racer on the team, with close to 50 race days in 2014. In 2015 Imogen is sharpening her focus on the Australian National XCO Series before targeting Marathon events including the Australian National Marathon Championships.

Imogen lives for mountain bike adventures, and feels most at home when she’s travelling to new places with a bike, a bag full of chocolate, and some riding buddies. When not working on her PhD in literature, Imogen writes about her cycling adventures, contributing to a range of cycling media, with well over 130 pages in print in 2014.

Recent Highlights

  • 3rd Transalp Mixed Pairs 2013
  • 3rd Australian XCM Championships 2014
  • 4th Overall Real Insurance XCM Series
  • 3rd Sudety MTB Challenge (Poland), 2014
  • Winner 2014 Elite Women’s Crocodile Trophy (UCI S1 Ranking)

2015 Target Events

  • Australian National Championships XCO,
    Bright, March
  • Convict 100 (National Marathon Series event),
    Sydney, April
  • Australian National Marathon Championships,
    Derby, May
  • Flight Centre Epic, Grandchester, September
    Stage race, TBA, late 2015
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Wayne Dickinson – SXC Racing

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Wayne Dickinson is the 2013 Australian Marathon Champion in the Masters category. He is also a key member of Sydney XC Racing Team.

Wayne comes alive in the outdoors. He lives for riding, traveling, encouraging his fellow riders, and improving his own performance abilities.

2014 was a big year for Wayne, as it saw him lift the trophy in the Singletrack Mind Series (4 Hour Masters) and competing in the ultra-competitive ABSA Cape Epic.

Wayne is working hard to ensure that great things happen in 2015. Follow www.sxcracing.com to stay up to date with all his achievements.

MTB’g and the great outdoors outdoors in general is entrenched as part of my life. I love riding, seeing new places, riding with a great group of inspired people, encouraging others and improving my own abilities as a result. MTB’g and the friends I have met through this adventure have contributed to me as a person.

On the competition side of things, competing / racing is what drives me to new levels. It continually encourages me to challenge what is possible. As a result I have been very fortunate, culminating in the winning of the 2013 Australian Marathon Championships for my age category. This launched a successful campaign in 2014, not just finishing but competing in the largest MTB race of them all the Absa Cape Epic.

My results and the family and friends who have made this possible, have challenged me to set new goals and achievements. 2015 is already looking exciting, with the 2015 Australian Marathon Championships before heading to Europe to compete in the 2015 Craft Transalp.

Looking forward to another year of hard work, and all the benefits and inspiration that result. Join me on the journey !

I will leave you with a quote that both drives and inspires me:
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go”

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Anthony Shippard

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Anthony Shippard is a man on a mission. Not content with just being an Elite cyclist, Anthony is also dedicated to performance improvement and coaching. All of which makes him a perfect ambassador for Pure Edge products.

Anthony begun his professional career as a Triathlete in Great Britain and France, but it’s pure riding that courses through his veins. Competing at the very highest levels (World, European, National, and French Grand Prix) has given him a broad skillset, and even today he can still be seen racing in Cross-Country, Enduro, and Road Criteriums.

However, his laser focus is on the ultimate challenge of marathon mountain biking, where his incredible stamina is best suited. He has garnered consecutive top 5 finishes in the National XCM series in Australia and New Zealand.

The 2014 season saw Anthony finish 6th in the Elite Maverick Marathon Series, including a 2nd place at the 3 Ring Circus Marathon in July, a 6th place in the Capital Punishment, and then a 4th place finish with his teammate, in the season ending Hellfire Cup in Tasmania.

If that wasn’t enough, this was a season in which Anthony also got married and took time away from the bike to focus on business commitments.
Over the past four years, Anthony has taken his expertise to the field of coaching. His athletes, among some of the best mountain bike and Cyclo-Cross riders in Australia, have won multiple state and national competitions and titles, across all genders, age-groups, and levels.

It was his keen desire to ensure maximum performance and training outcomes, that brought Anthony to Pure Edge – as his holistic approach to performance improvement and training was perfect for the nutritional support that Pure Edge offers.

2015 is set to be a massive year for Anthony and Pure Edge.

Follow his exploits and get great advice on Twitter – https://twitter.com/antship

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Jason English

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Jason English is one of Australia’s most celebrated elite cross country mountain bikers.

He has had success in a range of different types of mountain bike races.

He has experience stage racing and has won the Alice Springs Stage Race, came second in the WA Cape to Cape and has won the Mountains to Beach 3 times.

In marathon races he has won or placed on the podium in most races at least once and has taken home the National Title on two occasions.

Jason is more well known for his 24hr racing where he has won the National 24 Hour Championships from 2008 – 2015, the World Championships from 2009 – 2016, the Scott 24hr from 2008 – 2015 and the New Zealand National Championship for 2015.

Other achievements last season included:
Runner up – national marathon series 2015
MTBA mountain biker of the year 2015
MTBA XCM / 24hr rider of the year 2015
Evocities Series Winner Elite Men 2015

With Jason and his wife Jen now sporting 2 kids training needs to be more purposeful and time effective. While Jason has previously relied on his own crazy training methods and techniques his commitments off the bike are important to him (and so they should be!).

With such a focus on endurance racing nutrition is all important to Jason being able to train harder, perform strongly and recover faster.

When it comes to training, there aren’t many athletes that spend as much time on the bike as Jason. When the alarm goes off at 4am Jason needs to feel fresh and recovered for the next training session and with a wife as a dietitian, nutrition is always on his mind.

When squeezing in as many kilometres as possible into a training session before work, Jason can’t afford the time taken to construct his ideal recovery meal. When time permits he will have 5 containers or more on the bench ready to mix in a breakfast bowl. There will often be protein powder, chia seeds, linseed meal, oats, bran or assortments of other organic high fibre hippy food products. After discovering the ingredients in the Pure Edge products, Jason now comes home from a ride, scoops in Re-Load combined with vanilla Pure Native WPI (whey) protein isolate and mixes it into low fat yoghurt. Fast breakfast for a fast recovery and faster transition to work!

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