Well it was that time of the year again – Australian Championship time.  It’s a bit of a hike to the event as I needed to fly from Brisbane to Melbourne, followed by a 3hr drive to a quaint little Victorian town called Bright. Surprisingly everything went to plan – flight was on time, bike bag wasn’t lost, car we hired was actually the car we hired not a little hatchback that can only fit one bag in it, and we didn’t get lost because there were only two main highways we had to follow.

The sections this year were all man made which included some interesting features such as a duck fountain…..which we obviously had to jump over! It was great to go down and catch up with all the interstate riders again because we all have a great laugh when we get together. I rode the men’s Expert category and finished with a total of 13pts which was enough to secure the win. I really enjoyed the competition and thought that the section level was just right – challenging, yet achievable. Apart from two silly mistakes (brain fade) which cost me 10pts I rode the competition like I had planned so I’m pretty happy about the result. Being the only female who competes in Australia, it was no surprise I took out the women’s title as well haha. I’d just like to give a big thanks to all the guys who made the event possible by helping build the sections, observing and timing. Without them, the event wouldn’t have been possible. I’d also like to thank my sponsors Expressivebikes, Ride Mechanic, Echo Bikes, BSMC, Trialtech, World Gym Brisbane, Limitless Performance and DHaRCO (my new clothing sponsor for 2015). It’s great to be able to get the win for these guys after the support they’ve provided me.

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Me gaping the infamous duck fountain. Photo by Russ Baker

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Token duck fountain. Photo by Bike Trial Australia

To top off the weekend, I also won the 2015 Logan Sports Woman of the Year award. Unfortunately, I wasn’t there to personally accept the award as I was interstate competing at the Australian Champs but Tim Mullaly from Expressivebikes was kind enough to accept a free meal (on me) and the award on my behalf. Thanks Tim!

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Now back to work (sigh) ….to save for a flight to the World Championship in September, in Andorra!