Teenager has many mountains to climb

Sean Maggs is heading east to compete in the National Mountain Biking Championships. Picture: Marie Nirme d414535
Sean Maggs is heading east to compete in the National Mountain Biking Championships. Picture: Marie Nirme d414535

The 15-year-old was named 2013 Under-17 Champion in the Mountain Bike State XC championships in Greenmount last September.

He then competed in the Ride for Someone who Can’t fundraiser to beat muscular dystrophy.

Maggs had to raise $2000 to compete in the fundraiser on behalf of a 24-year-old man he knew only as Ben and had never met, who suffers from Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

He not only raised the necessary cash, but also came third overall in a field of 450 riders, and second in his age category.

‘I liked the idea of riding for someone who couldn’t,’ he said, adding that his mother Donna Maggs had helped him raise the necessary funds.

Maggs said although he had coaches in both road cycling and mountain biking, he was first and foremost a mountain cyclist.

‘Mountain biking is more interesting, you have to focus more on technique and on the track, stay alert the whole time, otherwise you’ll stack it,’ he said.

‘I will try to get a top five placing in the national Under-17s ” it’s going to be hard to aim for that but it’s what I want.’

Maggs is sponsored by Avanti Plus in Cannington.