Rider relishes challenge of racing in the south of France
A Karratha mountain-bike rider will swap the red dirt of the Pilbara for the mountainous wilderness of southwestern France next week when he takes part in an elite international race.
Tristan Wood-Hill has been accepted as one of only 80 people, out of thousands of applicants, to ride in the six-day Trans-Provence adventure race in France, from June 19-24.
He was due to take part last year but had to back out three weeks before, after a neck injury.
Mr Wood-Hill said although he had competed in day-long Enduro races down south, he had never done a multi-day biking competition and was drawn to the Trans-Provence because of its exclusivity.
“They only accept 55 riders like myself in the world, and then the next 15 are pro elite riders — male and female,” he said.
“So you get to ride against the world’s best, basically. And that was sort of the winning point.”
The race puts riders through challenging conditions, covering a 300km distance and altitudes of up to 2500m above sea level through remote countryside.
Mr Wood-Hill said he was excited to have been accepted into the race a second time, a rare feat in the Trans-Provence.
Tristan Wood-Hill is taking on the six-day Trans-Provence adventure race in France from this Sunday.