Australian Adventure Festival 2016

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Having events locally is great, as we live a really long way away from most events. The Australian Adventure Festival came to Lakes Entrance last year and it was my first race on a SS, I did the 50k and had a ball and thought there is no way I could do 100k on a SS. They hold a ton of events that weekend including a multi sport race, half marathon, 10k, 50k trail run, plus 100k,50k,25k MTB, plus kids races.

Unfortunately the weather was horrendous leading up to the event and perhaps kept a few people away and clashes with many other events also. It’s a great event and I hope it grows with more people entering next year. I had not raced my bike for 12 months and had a cold the week leading up so really didnt know how I would go, I didnt enter until 10 minutes before the closing time. With the Highland Fling 100 Mile in 3 weeks I knew it would be the perfect hit out and would affirm in my mind either confidence or what the hell are you doing.

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Driving to the race it was pelting down and I was expecting a text to say it had been cancelled. The 100k course consisted of 4 laps mostly all super fun single track, with rain coming down on the first lap I came into transition looking like I had rolled around in a mudbath. The sun soon came out and with it dry mud caked all over me, I cant believe people pay money for that.I thought the slippery conditions were great fun and SS was a great choice!! I finished in 6.5 hours, a little longer than hoped but managed to cross the line 1st female and 3rd overall to take home a sweet swagger of goodies and the confidence I needed to go into the Highland Fling in a few weeks. Hope to see you there next year!! http://www.australianadventurefestival.com

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