The Christmas festivities at TFRDH are tinged with sadness this week as we bid a fond farewell to our favourite Aussie and 2017 team-mate Graeme Mudd.
Team Director Dan Brown said ““It was a fun year with Muddy on board, he fitted into the family with ease. Full credit to him for embracing the Welsh weather and pushing so hard in his quest for top performances. We wish him all the best in his future racing endeavours and welcome him in the pits at any time for nice cup of tea!”
Muddy is currently at home with his family in Newcastle Australia from where he’s sending his freezing team-mates lots of scorching beach pictures!
Muddy said “These guys did so much for me this year, At the beginning of 2017 I said it was a dream come true and that stands, I’ve had a fantastic time and learnt a lot but for all kinds of reasons things just didn’t line up in terms of results. It was rad racing this year in a team environment, sharing the experience, I loved hanging out at the finish watching the other TFRDH amigos come down and seeing what they could do. And then have a beer and talk about the week at “work”. I’ll definitely be paying them some visits.”
Here’s some of our favourite moments of 2017:
Where it all began – first gondola up trackwalk, World Cup Round 1, Lourdes 2017
This one is “probably Muddy’s favourite shot of the year” Race day at Lourdes
Muddy’s right hand man, – mechanic Sam Farrar prepping in Leogang
Mont St Anne muscle-show !
And the aftermath of probably the craziest run of the season – and Muddy’s best result with the team – at Mont St Anne
Far from shirking the extremes that Wales had to offer Muddy grew to love it and spent long periods of time staying with Dan in the Dyfi where some great riding was interspersed with an awful lot of digging!
It was at Red Bull Hardline 2016 that the team all became Massive Muddy fans so here’s a last shot from the 2017 event – sending the road gap
Muddy mate we all wish you the very best.
All pics Sven Martin