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Be­nalla’s Rob­bie Adelberg with his first Win­ter X Games gold medal — for the best snow bike trick on Mon­day afer­noon our time.

Be­nalla’s Rob Adelberg has not just won a gold medal at the 2018 Win­ter X Games — he has done some­thing no-one will be able to match.

His vic­tory in the snow bike best trick at Aspen, Colorado on Mon­day af­ter­noon (Be­nalla time) was the first of the event’s his­tory — he will al­ways stand alone in that cat­e­gory.

But none of that was go­ing through the 29-year-old’s mind as he waited his turn at the first of three runs for the cat­e­gory.

In­cred­i­bly the tal­ented FMX (freestyle mo­tocross) rider had never rid­den a snow bike un­til a few days ago.

He went to the start line with less than five hours’ ex­pe­ri­ence to chal­lenge the best rid­ers in the world.

‘‘I was right in the mid­dle of the first run and I was de­ter­mined to give it ev­ery­thing, know­ing if I crashed I would still have two more runs,’’ Adelberg told the Be­nalla En­sign just an hour after re­ceiv­ing his gold medal.

‘‘You have to use your fear to your ad­van­tage, ev­ery­one up there is ner­vous, wound up, you just have to go through your ap­proach in planned steps, re­lax and do your thing,’’ he said.

Adelberg’s ‘‘thing’’ is the Cal­i­for­nia roll, a ma­noeu­vre he had per­fected on his mo­tor­bike — and which he de­liv­ered with spec­tac­u­lar pre­ci­sion in the Colorado night sky in front of thou­sands of scream­ing fans.

Not only was this Adelberg’s first com­pe­ti­tion on a snow bike, it was his first ap­pear­ance in the win­ter com­pe­ti­tion.

Be­fore that his best X Games per­for­mances in his eight years on the cir­cuit had been two sil­ver medals.

Mak­ing the re­sult even more impressive, Adelberg is still on the come­back trail after surgery in 2017 to cor­rect an old hand in­jury.

‘‘I should have had that fixed a long time ago and it cost me six months in re­cov­ery,’’ Adelberg said.

‘‘So by the time my good mate Jack­son Strong (a suc­cess­ful Win­ter X Games com­peti­tor from the Rive­rina in south­ern NSW) had con­vinced me to have a crack I only got to the US a week ago,’’ he said.

It had been hov­er­ing around 40°C when Adelberg left Aus­tralia; in Aspen at com­pe­ti­tion time it was hov­er­ing around -10°C.

‘‘I had a 10-minute in­tro­duc­tion to the bike four days ago, and then had 90 min­utes of prac­tise just be­fore the event and de­cided that was enough,’’ Adelberg said.

‘‘I felt the bike was dif­fi­cult to ride and have to ad­mit I was pretty sur­prised I man­aged to ac­tu­ally land it so well.’’

Adelberg’s sec­ond run scored poorly and his fi­nal turn matched his first.

Then he could do noth­ing but sit and watch, with 10 rid­ers still able to knock him off.

‘‘I know they were as ner­vous as me,’’ Adelberg said as he watched the count­down to his glory.

Then he was sud­denly a gold medal­list, a mo­ment he said he could only de­scribe as ‘‘over­whelm­ing’’.

‘‘It was such a pat on the back for Jack­son and me,’’ he said.

‘‘We had a goal and achieved it, two boys from Aus­tralia came to the Games and fin­ished one, two — it doesn’t get much bet­ter than that.’’

Adelberg said he ex­pected to be back on his prop­erty out­side Be­nalla late next week, where he would have some quiet time to re­flect on the whole ex­pe­ri­ence — and to recharge ahead of the Sum­mer X Games in Min­neapo­lis in July and then Syd­ney’s first games in Oc­to­ber.

Im­age: Pete De­mos / ESPN Im­ages

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