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Team Torq Diary: "Racing" the inaugural Terra Australis

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Published:
April 11, 2009, 0:00 BST,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 18:17 BST
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MTB news & racing round-up for April 11, 2009
Katherine O'Shea and Dean Clark are treated to stunning views

Katherine O'Shea and Dean Clark are treated to stunning views

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By Tory Thomas It feels a little weird for me to be writing about the Terra Australis – although I...

By Tory Thomas

It feels a little weird for me to be writing about the Terra Australis – although I was in a team of three with Dean and Katherine, and one of the event Ambassadors, I have to confess straight-up that I didn't actually ride any of the stages. I was, boringly, too sick to race, so I spent my days wandering between bed, the Mount Beauty medical Centre, and enviously watching the event from outside the bunting.

I can't pretend to have insight in to the experience of racing this event, therefore I've borrowed a few words from the rest of the Torq team – these are included towards the bottom of the entry. Happy reading!

Terra Australis: the Vision

The Terra Australis Epic was master-minded by Finishline Events, an event management company which comprises three guys from the local area – Iain Moore from Mount Beauty, and Clayton Neil and Paul Fitzgerald from Beechworth. Their vision for the event was for a race "in the true spirit of the Trans Alp, Trans Rockies and Cape Epic". Put simply, they wanted to create a race that was as tough, as challenging, and most importantly as rewarding as the best mountain bike stage races in the world. How hard could that be?

Read the complete diary entry.

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