Rider rel­ishes chal­lenge of rac­ing in the south of France

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

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.

Pic­ture: Tris­tan Wood-Hill

Tris­tan Wood-Hill is tak­ing on the six-day Trans-Provence ad­ven­ture race in France from this Sun­day.

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