Mountain biker Morgan puts wheels of change in motion

THE new year means a range of different things to different people.

A new approach to life, a new routine or even a new career.

Professional sportspeople are no different, with Yamba endurance mountain biker Morgan Pilley set to refocus his efforts in the upcoming season.

Pilley has spent the majority of the last few seasons on the 24-hour endurance circuit in Europe, but that may change when he takes to the starting line in a few months time.

"This year should be pretty good," Pilley said.

"I'm going to pull back a bit on the endurance races and begin focussing on the shorter marathon (two to four hour) races.

"Not too much is certain so far but I'll be competing throughout Europe again."

One thing that is certain is that Pilley will remain on the mountain bike circuit.

While using the road to get in training time, Pilley said he was more at home on the off-road track than the flat, smooth roads.

"Over the years I have raced a bit on roads as part of training," Pilley said.

"But if I wanted to move into road racing I'd have to switch over full-time which I'm not keen on doing just yet.

"I prefer being on the mountain bike and am pretty happy with how everything is going."

Keeping with the theme of change Pilley is set to become the number one rider in the Scott-New Limits team.

It's a move that could propel Pilley to new heights in his career, having won the Italian 24 hours Series for the second time this year.

"It'll mean I have a fair bit of a say when it comes to team decisions and training," Pilley said.

"The standing in the team doesn't mean too much when it comes to races.

"It's going to be a matter of juggling personal ambition with what's best for the team so I have to make sure I keep on top of that."

On top of his European commitments, Pilley is aiming to be back in Australia to compete in the WEMBO 24 hour World Championships.



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