It is with regret that Lloyd Geering has had to cancel his speaker session at Aspiring Conversations on Friday 7 April. Due to the ill health of his wife he is no longer able to travel. We wish her well for a speedy recovery.

Lloyd will be replaced by world champion mountain biker Scarlett Hagan. Scarlett claimed her first national title at 12, won the Junior World Champs at 17, became Elite Oceania Champion at 20, and retired from racing at 21, having broken 17 bones along the way.  What was next for Scarlett Hagen? – do post-graduate research in mountain biking!  She has researched the sub-culture of downhill mountain biking and what it is about mountain biking that people really love – speed? fear? fitness? mental challenge?  Scarlett is also the owner of New Zealand bike coaching company, BikeSchool.

Scarlett will be in conversation with local Wanaka writer Laura Williamson who is a mountain biking enthusiast who has written The Bike and Beyond: Life on Two wheels in Aotearoa New Zealand – about the recent transformation to expensive lightweight carbon fibre bikes, families with a stack of bikes for different conditions, and a network of new bike tracks. Laura is also the editor of Spoke, the national mountain bike magazine.

Their session will be chaired by Lynn Freeman of National Radio.