‘Best job in the world’

2015-08-30 23:02
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A PIETERMARITZBURG man is taking the international world of mountain biking by the handlebars with his first-class track designs.

Mountain bike (MTB) track designer Nick Floros was recently chosen to design the Rio 2016 Olympic Games cross-country course in Brazil, and with a number of international race course designs under his belt already, Floros said he was initially surprised to have been awarded the job.

“I wouldn’t trade my job for anything. I have the best job in the world,” he said.

Floros’s career in mountain bike track designing started in the early nineties when he first started riding.

“By early 2000, I was racing but didn’t get the results I hoped for.”

Floros said his love for the sport transitioned into a love for the track too, and with not many race courses around the Midlands and Pietermaritzburg at that time, Floros eventually decided in 2010 to make a career of designing courses.

He said he found out he had been awarded the job at the end of 2014 and was elated with the news.

“I have been over to Brazil quite a lot. It was quite a novelty at first, but now the 24-hour flights to and from Brazil are more like a glorified bus trip, although working in another country has been really exciting.”

The modest designer said he could not disclose any details of the course as he was not at liberty to discuss it, but said work on the course had already started and he had been back and forth between Brazil and Pietermaritzburg over the last few months.

The designer was behind the MTB course at Cascades, which is rated among the top three in the world.

Floros has helped design the MTB World Cups in 2011 and 2012, as well as the MTB World Championships in 2013 and 2014.

Floros’s company supports up to 26 MTB events a year in terms of course design, event co-ordination and marketing­.

He leaves for Brazil again on October 11

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