26-year-old Kiwi Wyn Masters worked down mines in Australia for a year to fund his first full time season on the World Cup downhill circuit in 2009. Since then, he has produced solid results, although his progress has been hampered by some serious injuries. In 2010, he won the 4X title at the Oceania Championships and he was also crowned New Zealand downhill champion. 2012 started well for Wyn with good results in the New Zealand race series, but one week before leaving to compete in the European season for Italian team Argentina Bike, he broke his scaphoid while out riding in Nelson. He was unable to compete again until the following year, when he showed that he had lost none of his skills by finishing eighth in the Air DH competition at Crankworx Les 2 Alpes. Riding for Team Bulls, he finished 42nd overall in the World Cup series. Born in New Plymouth, Wyn attended Wanganui Collegiate High School. Unlike many pro mountain bikers, he didn’t ride BMX first, going straight on to 26-inch wheels at the age of 11. Racing on a GT Palomar, he finished third in his first cross country race, and he was soon winning the under-17 and under-19 categories at the New Zealand national downhill championships. After developing his skills on his home tracks in the Mangamahoe Forest in Taranaki, it comes as no surprise that Wyn describes his favourite terrain as ‘fresh steep tracks through native bush in NZ - nothing like ripping some loamy turns!’
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