World dream for bike mechanic

2016-05-31 06:00
 Paul Rayner from Bergvliet is now based in New Zealand as a bike mechanic – something he has always wanted to do.

Paul Rayner from Bergvliet is now based in New Zealand as a bike mechanic – something he has always wanted to do.

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Since the age of nine, Paul Rayner (34) from Bergvliet has nurtured a love of cycling.

He would regularly go mountain biking with his father, John, but little did they know that his love for bikes would take him places he never imagined.

Now living in Queenstown, New Zealand, Paul has been chosen as head mechanic for the team of the American-based mountain bike manufacturer Pivot.

After completing school at Bergvliet High, Paul went to Cape Technikon (now the Cape Peninsula University of Technology) to study graphic design. He then took a gap year to follow his dream.

Doing what he really loves, he has visited different countries and places, including the USA France, Austria, Portugal and Australia.

A year became two, then three, and now, 11 years later, he is deeply rooted in New Zealand doing what he loves.

Currently he is on a six-month tour around the world with the World Mountain Bike Downhill series circuit.

His father says he is more than happy for his son. “He is living his dream. When he told me about taking a gap year, I supported him. This was an opportunity that doesn’t come all the time. He is doing what he really loves,” says John.

“Often, we as parents tend to make our children live the dreams that we never managed to realise. To have him finally find his feet and do what makes him happy, is a good thing. We are proud of him,” says Rayner senior.

While working as a bike mechanic, Paul was introduced to a number of international figures in mountain biking, and was commissioned to film the pros in action on local trails. In fact, while on his present tour, he will be doing much the same, as well as tending to the team riders’ bikes.

Some of the events that Paul has lined up include Fort William in Scotland, Leogang in Austria, Lenzerheide in Switzerland, Monte Sainte Anne in Canada, Val Nord in Andorra, and Val di Sole in Italy (world championship).

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