Niki Gudex is one of Australia’s most recognisable and highly regarded female mountain bikers. A professional athlete who reached the top of the world mountain bike rankings, Niki Gudex is now throwing herself into the art of photography with the same tenacity. She has competed in both Downhill (DH) and Cross Country (XC), and after only two years of professional riding won the Australian National Championships Series in both disciplines. She has raced on the Australian DH and XC National teams, performing at both national and international biking events. She placed in the top ten of the 2008 All Mountain World Championships in California, USA.
A remarkable sporting resume combined with stunning looks has Niki regularly featuring in stories, shoots and interviews across all mediums and throughout the world. She has appeared on the cover of the internationally acclaimed Black & White magazine, as well as doing covers for both Chick and FHM, amongst others. Magazines ranging from fashion bible Vogue to music’s Rolling Stone have done pieces on her, as well as America’s high-end men’s lifestyle/travel magazine Outside go. Readers of Inside Sport have voted her as “Australia’s Sexiest Sportswoman”, and she has appeared on FHM’s Top 100 beautiful women in the world list for six successive years.
Niki’s overwhelming respect and following in cycling circles has demanded a huge fan base and exceptional sponsor relationships. Working alongside a number of international companies, as a global brand ambassador for Oakley, Scott bikes, and Castelli cycling apparel. She promotes her sport and sponsors at cycling trade shows such as Interbike and Eurobike, and is often requested to ‘guest coach’ at training camps throughout Europe and North America. Niki was the race ambassador for Perth’s Cape to Cape, a role that illustrates her diversity to be able to not only compete in a grueling four day contest but also be the ‘face’ of the event, handling interviews and the media.
Graduating from the University of Wollongong with a Bachelor of Creative Arts majoring in Graphic Design and New Media, Niki was also crowned the Universities ‘Sportsperson Of The Year’.
With a careful balance of racing and extra curricular activities, Niki continually contributed back to her sport, including writing a regular column in mountain biking magazine Revolution, and working on action sports and biking television programs.
Summary of Professional Accomplishments:
All Mountain World Championships 9th – 2008
Represented Australia at World Championships in 2003, 2004 and 2005 for XC
Represented Australia at World Championships in 2001 for DH
Australian National Series Champion 2003 – XC
Australian National Series Champion 2001 – DH
6 x Top 20 NORBA finishes – 2004
1 x Top 10 NORBA finish – 2004
9th All Mountain World Championships 2008
1st Pixie-Cross World Championships 2008
2nd Australian National XC Championships 2005
World Championships, Livigno, Italy 2005
3rd Australian National XC Championships 2004
32nd Sea Otter Classic XC 2004
23rd World Cup XC #5 – Mont Sainte Anne, Canada
23rd World Cup XC #6 – Calgary, Canada
23rd NORBA XC Series 2004
21st NORBA STXC Series 2004 (6 top 20 NORBA finishes in 2004)
10th NORBA STXC #6 Idaho
47th World Championships, Les Gets, France 2004
1st Australian National XC Series Champion 2003
2nd Australian National DH Series Final Ranking 2003
2nd Oceania Championships 2003 DH, Eildon, VIC 2003
4th Oceania Championships 2003 XC, Eildon, VIC 2003
32nd NORBA XC Series 2003
48th World Championships, Lugano, Switzerland XC 2003
2nd Australian National DH Series Final Ranking 2002
3rd Australian National DH Championships, Mt Beauty, VIC 2002
1st Australian National DH Series Champion 2001
2nd Australian National DH Championships, Mt Buller, VIC 2001
21st World DH Championships, Vail, USA 2001
3rd Australian National DH Championships, Kooralbyn, QLD 2000
Bachelor of Creative Arts with Distinction, Australia 2002
Australia’s Sexiest Sportswoman, Inside Sport magazine Australia 2002
Sportsperson of the Year, University of Wollongong, Australia 2002
University Blue, University of Wollongong, Australia 2002
One of Australia’s 50 Sexiest Aussie Babes, 2007
One of the 100 Sexiest Women in the World, FHM magazine, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007
One of the 50 Hottest Sports Stars In The World, Alpha magazine 2007
Top 10 Hottest Athletes, FHM USA magazine 2008
Niki Gudex photographed by Richard Bailey for Vogue.