Beating MTB challenge
BUDERIM’S Lucy Coldwell finished fourth overall in one of the world’s toughest cross country multi-stage mountain bike endurance races.
Over nine days the competitors tackled eight stages, navigating their way through rough single trail at altitude, and in the process avoiding buses, cars, donkeys, goats, lamas and people.
Lucy said every stage was tough, and only 61 riders were able to make it to the finish from 92 participants.
Getting stronger throughout the race, Lucy finished in the top three on several occasions and hit the finish with an overall time of 39:18:20.
The winner was the UK’s Catherine Williamson in 35:16:24. Australian Karen Hill was third with a total time of 38:00:53.
Lucy’s stage times were: Balkhus Epiphany 4:22:19, Sutlej Symphony 5:08:10, Conquest of Garh 6:04:14, Mystical Passes 5:03:29, The Kings Mutiny 5:44:12, Heaven’s Ridge 3:03:14, Into the Wild 6:07:25 and Land of the Lamas 3:45:17.
Buderim's Lucy Coldwell completed the nine-day Hero MTB Himalaya.