Maryborough’s Mel Behrens conquers Mount Beauty.
Maryborough’s Mel Behrens conquers Mount Beauty. JOCELYN WATTS

Flat tyre doesn't stop cyclist

WHEN Maryborough’s Mel Behrens was competing in the Alpine Assault at Mount Beauty last week there was only one thought running through her mind as she was cycling around the mountain – don’t look down.

The drop was huge but as well as being somewhat scary it was also exhilarating, Behrens said.

She was obviously able to keep her mind on the job – she won the female event, impressive for someone ho, due to ill health, hasn’t been able to ride as much as she would have liked this year.

Behrens got a flat tyre in the first 10 minutes of the race and had to watch other riders overtaking her as she quickly repaired the bike.

She got herself back on the road again and she reckons that took away some of her trepidation as she raced to overtake other riders.

“It definitely made me go faster on the descent,” she said.

The riders were freezing when they started, beginning the event in four degree temperatures, but were sweltering by the time the 67km race finished.

“It was bitterly cold,” she said.

It is the first race Behrens has competed in since taking part in a 24-hour race at the start of the year.

Now she is gearing up for Wild Side, a four day mountain bike riding event in Tasmania, which will take place in January.

“I’m really looking forward to it.”

Behrens is confident she will be able to complete the race comfortably now she has successfully tested herself at the Alpine Assault.

“It was a bit of a warm-up, to see how I felt,” she said.

“I felt great the whole time.”

Behrens will also be competing in the World Mountain Bike Championships in Canberra next October.

“I can’t wait.”



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