Castelli recently added a trio of powerful marketing tools – a graphic and fashion designer, professional cyclist, and a stunningly photogenic model. Luckily for Castelli, all the talent is wrapped up in one person: Australian mountain bike racer Niki Gudex.
“Five hundred years after the Spanish conquered the Incas, Peru’s ancient (and very rideable) trails still beckon.” Niki travelled with a few friends to The Sacred Valley in Peru with Bike magazine.
“With the look of a cherub and the butt of a Greek statue, it’s hardly a surprise Niki made our list. However, with eyes firmly fixed on the Beijing Olympics in 2008, her professional priorities suggest she’s set to be a sought after single for a few more years yet.”
Scott USA announced today that it will add mountain bike racer Niki Gudex to its’ family of riders. “It’s so important for us to align ourselves with top level athletes like Niki that can give their input on the Contessa line. The more feedback we get from these riders, the more function specific the category becomes,” said Scott Montgomery.
Niki has had a great start to her 2005 season placing 2nd in a strong showing at the Cross Country MTB National Championships, her first race of the season. Niki will continue her preparations in Australia until late May when she heads to North America to start her international race season.
Niki has signed with the SRM team and will continue her relationship with Intense Cycles for the 2005 season. Niki will focus on the NORBA series, in addition to the Nth American World Cup events, World Championships and of course the Australian National Series and National Championships.
Niki has signed with the newly formed Intense Cycles Cross Country team for the 2004 season. Niki will focus on the NORBA series, in addition to the Sea Otter Classic, Nth American World Cup events, World Championships and World Cup Finals, and of course the Australian National Series and National Championships.
Niki spent a total of four months abroad in 2003 testing her metal at the ultimate level in North America and Europe. Niki contested select Cross Country Mountain Bike events from the NORBA Series (US National), World Cup Series and World Championships.
In May this year, Gudex’s work was included in the 2003 Hatched National Graduate Exhibition at Perth Institute for Contemporary Arts as one of the top sixty six Visual Arts graduates in Australia.
The Hatched National Graduate Show is a curated showcase of new art from Australia’s top graduates. Continuing to be the only national survey of its kind, this year’s Hatched features sixty six of the most promising artists fresh out of seventeen art schools from around Australia. Hatched has become a rite of passage for Australia’s next generation of artists and a snapshot of the directions we can expect in emerging contemporary practice.
Niki recently graduated with Distinction from her Bachelor of Creative Arts degree, majoring in Graphic Design and New Media. She is very pleased with her results and is looking forwards to racing internationally now that her calendar permits.
Niki Gudex has taken out the inaugural title of Australia’s Sexiest Sportswoman in an Inside Sport magazine readers’ poll. “Cycling is sexy – and I hope I can inspire more women to get on their bikes as a way of keeping fit and healthy.”
“Inside Sport Magazine, August 2002
Whilst in Melbourne recently, “Mountain Miss” Niki appeared in an interview on the sporting news program Sports Tonight for a chat about life and bikes.
“Mountain Miss” Sports Tonight, Channel 10 (Australia), 4th July 2002
Niki has been named as “Sportsperson of the Year” by the University of Wollongong (Australia’s University of the Year 2000 – 2001). She was also awarded a University Blue, which is an international university acknowledgement for sporting achievement.
Sportsperson of the Year, University of Wollongong June 2002