Wow, what a weekend! The Australian national championships were upon us again with this year’s event taking place in the quaint little town of Bright. For the last three years the nationals have been held in South Australia so it was a nice change to have the event in Victoria this year.
Big credit needs to be given to Owen Gwilliam who spent the prior week organising and building all of the sections. It was a massive effort on his behalf and he did a great job with the time and resources he had, which was evident with all of the riders (well me at least) enjoying riding the sections.
The competition itself consisted of four man made sections which included a log section, a fruit crate section and two sections which were a combination of pallets, concrete and tyres. Thankfully we had fine weather the whole weekend, but it was very hot which made the competition just that little bit tougher. This is my first year competing on the 24” Echo bike which is kitted out with Trialtech parts, so it was a great measurement to see how I could handle the new bike in a competition. I picked up the Australian Womens National jersey and placed 2nd in the male dominated category Expert, behind an incredibly strong rider, Lewis Greenhalgh. Overall, I’m really happy with my result and with the new bike! With the help of my sponsors Cleaning Equipment Consulting, ExpressiveBikes, Echo, Ride Mechanic and Trialtech, I’m really looking forward to a great season.
After the event I did some filming with SBS so if you’d like to see some footage from the event just click here.