Ready, set, pro

Neron will look to qualify for his first World Cup event this season. Photo supplied.

Gabe Neron prepares for pro circuit debut

Raised as a multisport athlete, local Gabe Neron’s ambition drew him to pursue a goal of becoming a professional mountain bike competitor. After what could only be described as a breakout season in the BC Cup circuit last year Neron is putting all of his effort into a dream of being a career professional biker.

“I am really enjoying going after my dream. It has been really fun, and I cannot wait to take on more,” he said.

Racing competitively for only three years, last season Neron dominated the Jr. Sport (17 to 18-year-old category) and with podium finishes in each race he qualified for the Elite Men’s division, which he will compete in this season.

Neron is taking his race schedule to the next level this season and plans to compete in the BC Cup and Canada Cup series with his sights set on a World Cup debut at Mont St. Anne, Que., August 21 to Sept. 1.

“I am looking forward to being able to race across the country and taking part in the whole Canadian Cup.”

Neron will travel across the nation with a truck and trailer, spending roughly 80 days on the road to tackle nine races.

“My focus for this summer will be to stay injury free, and I will be doing that by keeping my mind and body healthy. I know it will be a big summer, but I am ready to take on the challenge,” he said.

Understanding that making the jump to the Men’s Elite division would mean competing against stronger competitors, Neron enlisted the help of coach Jase Petersen at Black Beaver Athletic to build his endurance up to the level of a national competitor.

“I have been going to Black Beaver Athletic since early October three to four times a week, plus I have been skiing all winter. I am super happy with the results I’ve achieved. I am continuing to gain strength and improve my flexibility. I have also been consulting a nutritionist to ensure my diet aids my performance.”

Neron turned to the community for support via a GoFundMe page to raise funds that will be used for equipment and travel costs associated with his competitive journey. To date, the page has raised $2,945. Neron stated he’s grateful to everyone who has donated and continued to support him.

Preparing for his first race of the season on May 25 in Mont Tremblant, Que., Neron will continue his gym schedule and add training days on his bike in Kamloops and Sun Peaks as trails clear.

Neron is sponsored by Sun Peaks Resort LLP, Rocky Mountain, Down the Road Wellness, Meranti, Black Beaver Athletic, and EVI.