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With so many different people out to get him for the crime of just being himself, sixteen year old Rob McDonald does what he and his mother have always done - they run. Abandoning his best friend, Kevin, and also the beautiful April, who has only just recently acknowledged his existence, they leave their settled life on the coast and head for the hills. A broken promise sees them stranded, out of money and petrol, in a sleepy little town. How will Rob and his mother survive? What unexpected life-changing gift does he receive? And what compels him to risk entering a property where the owner threatens to shoot him, only for him to make a remarkable discovery inside? Re-united with his nerdy friend, Kevin, Rob learns to ride the rocky, sometimes dangerous, terrain of his new life, where the risk-taking skills he uses to outrun and outsmart his enemies become the same skills that just might help him become a world champion mountain biker, and start him on the long exhilarating journey towards dreaming the impossible.
The author was born, and grew up, in Scotland, but currently lives with his wife in Queensland, Australia, where the book is set. Mountain biking was something Sinclair took up late in life, but after his first downhill run, he knew he'd always remained a teenager at heart. The descriptions of mountain bike racing within the book come from racing his sixty year old friends, who also remain fiercely competitive sixteen year olds. The character of Rob McDonald was partly based on watching a friend's son develop into a champion mountain biker, and from making the connection that becoming a champion sportsman, and growing up to be a champion person are inextricably linked.