Holly Harris - Pemperton National Rounds
XCNS18 - Pemberton
Not many people go to Pemberton... If you do,I highly recommend taking a bike!
I am lucky enough to do a sport where I get to travel all over Australia and visit places most people never think to.
I was hesitant to race Pemberton this year due to the huge travel expense but at the last minute I decided to make the journey over and I am glad I did! Two awesome tracks with some cool tech features and dusty shoots. Add a chilled atmosphere, some crazy spectators (chainsaws included) and you have yourself a wicked weekend of mountain bike racing.
The fields were a little thinned out for these rounds, but there where some fresh Western Australian faces that came to show us how the locals shred the Pemby trails!
I spent the Friday sussing out good coffee places and doing some course recon. I was definitely feeling the effects of travel and a harder week of training which resulted in a nice little stack in front of the Two Wheel academy guys and some not so hot laps to activate the legs.
Was definitely my favourite course, it had 200m of climbing a lap and some loose dusty shoots that provided lots of carnage to keep the spectators happy! The legs felt good and I was able to ride off the front and take my first National Series win for the year, I even managed to keep it upright down the Tucknott special 'Vanilla Slice'.
Was a different story. I began the race feeling a bit like a wet noodle. I managed to take the lead after sitting on for the start loop but young gun Zoe Cuthbert was still right on my wheel. I had made up some ground in the second lap only to realise I had lost all the pressure in my fork I managed to nurse my MERIDA NINETY-SIX TEAM bike into the tech zone for Chris Feltham from MTBike Tech to get me up and going again! Richard Apps, my talented feeder made sure I was well hydrated and ready to finish the last two laps.
In the tech zone I was passed by some of the U19 girls and Sarah Tucknott (who was sitting in second for the elite women). I made up some ground and found myself lapping with Teagan Atherstone who was absolutely killing it!
After dragging my body around the last lap I was happy to come away with my second win for the weekend. The day was made even better with my lil brother having a ripper ride pulling in a second place, he is obviously getting fit trying to keep up with me ;)
Massive thanks to everyone who helped put on such a great event, and a massive thanks to all the Armidale crew for looking after me so well!
Photo Credit - Hixit