About the project
Cyclocross rider Nat Redmond will be travelling to Europe for 5 months to represent Australia in the 7 Cyclocross World Cups from October 2017 to February 2018 in the lead up to the 2018 Cyclocross World Championships. This will be Nat's second time representing Australia, after competing in three 2016 World Cups and the 2016 Cyclocross World Championships.
Nat has had her best domestic season yet, finishing 2nd at the recent National Championships and 2nd overall in the National Series. In comparison to Australian cyclocross races the European races have significantly deeper and larger field sizes, more technical courses and more challenging weather conditions. The opportunity to race the full season against the world's elite cyclocross riders will allow Nat to build both race fitness, race skills and general race craft. Over the season Nat will able to accrue UCI points, allowing her to improve her starting grid position - critical in allowing her to avoid early race bottlenecks and race with the riders of similar ability.
Nat will be taking unpaid leave from her Mechanical Engineering job to fully commit to racing in Europe. A long season, on the other side of the world, in an equipment heavy sport is undoubtedly of a large financial cost and Nat is thankful for all her current sponsors and supporters.
Your support will help to offset some of the significant costs for this trip including flights, accommodation, professional athlete insurance and licences, vehicle hire, and extra equipment and parts.