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The BMC Mountain to Beach Races for Earth to Water through the Outback from the top of Australia to the Sea, by Kath Bicknell
Photographs on this page by: MARK WATSON

Its day four. Im suffering up the fire road near the 60km mark of the longest stage of the event. I finally see my mate Pete, marshalling at the gate. Hey Pete! Whats your Hendo line? I yell.

Landscapes Dave McCook spins past a marsh on the snowy plain, just one of the exotic scenery changes on the MTB

As Id prepped my bike the night before Pete had given me a heads up that hed be marshalling at this point and said hed tell me the magic line that had helped Canberra rider Ben Henderson reach a second place finish at the Australian XC National Champs five weeks earlier. Id marked Petes location on the little altitude map Id stuck to my top tube and used it as motivation on some of the flatter, headwindy sections of the course so far. I was having trouble today. Id gone too hard too early in the event and found that I was counting ks instead of taking in the amazing views. Hed promised his line would be a good one and Id wanted to be high enough in the pack to be deserving of it.

Colored Skies SUnrise at the Buckenderra Resort, a perfect Wake up, just one of the exotic scenery changes on the MTB

He hits me on the back of my knicks and says matter-of-factly, Youve done the training. Hes right, they are magic words. I feel a surge of confidence that brings goosebumps to my previously tired body. Yeh! I think. I HAVE done the training. I CAN do this. This surge lasts at least 50 metres before my rational mind kicks in and tells me that actually, I havent done the training. Ive never done anything like this before. Luckily the scenery, atmosphere, camaraderie and sheer curiosity make every other pedal stroke continue to build on the mountain biking buzz as I experience the shared journey of riding along a route that most local people wouldnt see, let alone the tourists.

Crossings widely varying terrain Cooma Race Course Verofit Big Day out, just one of the exotic scenery changes on the MTB

My little map reveals there are a few more sharp climbs to go before the next point Ive been aiming for: a long, rocky descent that drops 700m over about 10km. I had high hopes of passing some of the riders whod passed me on the climbs here. The adrenalin from trying certainly didnt disappoint

Dawn Patrol the Ay Up Landrover leads out the Ay Up Dawn Raid Stage

The inaugural BMC Mountains to Beach race was run in Australia from March 1-6 2009 and traced a route of tough climbs, scenic fire roads, a net downhill gradient and super sweet singletrack. It began 5 kilometres from the peak of Mt Kosciuszko (the highest point in Australia) and finished almost 400km later in the NSW coastal town of Narooma. The route was mostly off-road and sampled some great purpose built trails at a few of the properties we passed through on the way.

Silent Nights Dark, Peaceful, Quiet, BMC MTB Mountain Bike Race

The BMC Mountain to Beach Races for Earth to Water through the Outback from the top of Australia to the Sea, by Kath Bicknell
Photographs on this page by: MARK WATSON

Its day four. Im suffering up the fire road near the 60km mark of the longest stage of the event. I finally see my mate Pete, marshalling at the gate. Hey Pete! Whats your Hendo line? I yell.

Landscapes Dave McCook spins past a marsh on the snowy plain, just one of the exotic scenery changes on the MTB

As Id prepped my bike the night before Pete had given me a heads up that hed be marshalling at this point and said hed tell me the magic line that had helped Canberra rider Ben Henderson reach a second place finish at the Australian XC National Champs five weeks earlier. Id marked Petes location on the little altitude map Id stuck to my top tube and used it as motivation on some of the flatter, headwindy sections of the course so far. I was having trouble today. Id gone too hard too early in the event and found that I was counting ks instead of taking in the amazing views. Hed promised his line would be a good one and Id wanted to be high enough in the pack to be deserving of it.

Colored Skies SUnrise at the Buckenderra Resort, a perfect Wake up, just one of the exotic scenery changes on the MTB

He hits me on the back of my knicks and says matter-of-factly, Youve done the training. Hes right, they are magic words. I feel a surge of confidence that brings goosebumps to my previously tired body. Yeh! I think. I HAVE done the training. I CAN do this. This surge lasts at least 50 metres before my rational mind kicks in and tells me that actually, I havent done the training. Ive never done anything like this before. Luckily the scenery, atmosphere, camaraderie and sheer curiosity make every other pedal stroke continue to build on the mountain biking buzz as I experience the shared journey of riding along a route that most local people wouldnt see, let alone the tourists.

Crossings widely varying terrain Cooma Race Course Verofit Big Day out, just one of the exotic scenery changes on the MTB

My little map reveals there are a few more sharp climbs to go before the next point Ive been aiming for: a long, rocky descent that drops 700m over about 10km. I had high hopes of passing some of the riders whod passed me on the climbs here. The adrenalin from trying certainly didnt disappoint

Dawn Patrol the Ay Up Landrover leads out the Ay Up Dawn Raid Stage

The inaugural BMC Mountains to Beach race was run in Australia from March 1-6 2009 and traced a route of tough climbs, scenic fire roads, a net downhill gradient and super sweet singletrack. It began 5 kilometres from the peak of Mt Kosciuszko (the highest point in Australia) and finished almost 400km later in the NSW coastal town of Narooma. The route was mostly off-road and sampled some great purpose built trails at a few of the properties we passed through on the way.

Silent Nights Dark, Peaceful, Quiet, BMC MTB Mountain Bike Race

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