Rosara Joseph had come home from the mud and grind of international mountainbiking to settle in Wellington.
The Melbourne Commonwealth Games cross-country mountainbike silver medallist plans to resume her other career - in law.
Joseph hails from Christchurch where, as a gym class leader, she was known as the Queen of Spin. She said she liked Wellington and it held better job opportunities for her.
"I like riding around here. It's incredible mountainbiking. Last time I came here I was so impressed by the trails and the people working on them," she said.
"Such a mixture - some that are really manicured and some that are raw and rooty. It's fun and a really good mountainbiking scene as well."
A former Rhodes scholar, Joseph attained a PhD in law and science from Oxford.
She hopes to find a government job and looks forward to a summer mountainbiking in Wellington.
Rosara has recently turned her hand to enduro racing in Europe.
She was the third woman to finish in the seven-day Trans Provence race and 33rd overall.
The race, held in France early in October, is 280km long and includes 9000 metres of climbing and 14,000 metres of descents, including 23 timed, single-track sprints.
- The Wellingtonian