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Shannon Hewetson

I started riding motorbikes pretty much before I was old enough to walk growing up on a Dairy farm in a small Rural town situated at the Top of the South Island NZ. We were forever outdoors riding our bikes or tearing up paddocks around the farm. My parents got me into local races when I was 7 and I lived and breathed that throughout my school years claiming a NZ junior MX title amongst other National results until the financial strain took its toll on the family and the decision was made to chase a Trade/Qualification which was one of the toughest moments we had. I finished my Qualification in Automotive repair industry gaining dual trades for Refinishing and Panel Beating. This then allowed myself to get back into racing MX funding it myself chasing the National series for a few seasons finishing as high as 7nz in the championship. 

I made the switch to MTB late 2012 after a nasty MX accident. I quite often rode with NZs FOX athlete Kieran Bennett in our hometown of Nelson on the Mountain Bikes and he pretty much got me hooked into the MTB and haven't looked back since. I wish I had taken up MTB sooner than I did with the strain moto put on family and myself but it also gave me some great life lessons. Making the move across the Tasman with my Fiance to Australia in 2013 I have raced in most states along with Canada while working minimum 40hour weeks. It is definitely tough trying to race competitively juggling training around work thankfully with a boss who understands my passion helps and quite often into the negatives of my annual leave holidays. Looking forward to what the future holds on two wheels.

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Name: Shannon Hewetson

DOB: 14-01-88

Hometown: Nelson, New Zealand

Currently Resides: Melbourne, Australia

Sponsors: Intense Cycles, FOX head Au, SRAM-Monza, My Mountain Melbourne, Schwalbe Au, Paramount Nutrition, USWE and MRP Au

Years Pro: Full-time Automotive trade 

Fox Athlete Since: December 2016 

Discipline: Enduro and Downhill

Bike Frame/ Specs: Currently INTENSE Primer 29er, Tracer and M16 with full SRAM builds

Favorite Fox Product: Fox Rampage Pro

Career Highlights

24th Enduro World Series (Tasmanina round 2017)

1st 2016-2017 Victorian Enduro Series

1st 2016-2017 Victorian Downhill Series 

1st Crankworx Whistler Specialized Enduro 2016 

2nd Cannonball FlowMotion 2016

3rd Au Enduro National Series 2016

3rd Au Enduro National champs 2015

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Favourite Track: Fringe Downhill track and Wairoa Gorge trails Nelson NZ

First bike ridden: Specialized Demo 

How did you start mtb riding: I used it as cross training for Motocross while I was growing up until I decided to start racing selected local downhill events.

Hobbies: Motocross, Enduro and Downhill mtb

Favourite riders: Jared Graves and Loic Bruni

Follow Shannon

Instagram: @shannonhewetson

Facebook: www.facebook.com/shannonhewetsonMTB

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