Five dedicated mountain bikers from the ship’s company of HMAS Anzac participated in the Southern Peaks cross country mountain bike event held in Anzac’s home port of Albany, Western Australia, recently.
Albany showcased its spectacular and challenging surrounds as Team Anzac powered through fields, paddocks, beaches and many gruelling hills over 37 kilometres. The race itself included some of the most scenic terrain and coastal paths of the region, before finishing in the centre of town.
The Navy riders were faced with many thrills and challenges as they navigated their way through muddy terrain, narrow single track and sped down steep stair descents all in pursuit of the finish line.
The athletes showed off their persistence and dedication when faced with the added challenge of biting cold, pelting rain and strong winds for the majority of the event. One of the most challenging aspects of the race was a ferry crossing where participants had to dismount for up to 45 minutes, causing an already tired body to seize up in the cold and only to be jolted back into action for the remaining 17 kilometres of gruelling up-hill terrain.
Anzac’s Executive Officer Lieutenant Commander Richard Raymond showed mateship and team spirit, on hand to provide team members with warm jumpers, refreshments and much needed encouragement, particularly at the ferry crossing.
“Anzac’s participation in the event was part of our continuous commitment of delivering a resilient and fit workforce during the ship’s recent maintenance period in Western Australia,” he said.
“The event provided a fantastic opportunity to compete in a tough mountain bike event, while promoting and strengthening ties with our home port of Albany.”
Over the coming months Anzac will complete her maintenance period and return to operation duties.