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ARMY cyclists continued their
buildup to the world 24-hour
with fourth and fifth places in
the Defence eight-hour title near
Nowra on the NSW south coast
on May 16.
Reservist LCpl Jamie Bailey was
fourth and Cpl Michael Hernan,
1HSB, was fifth in a field of about
30 ADF riders with Sgt Roger
Derrick, RMC, taking the masters'
event (over 40s) pipping Sqn-Ldr
Richard Wolf to the line.
Continuing the fierce tri-service
rivalry, the race was won by PO
Dion Blair ahead of Flt-Lt Shane
Taylor and Cpl Michael Crummy
Flt-Lt Taylor regards Nowra as
a bit of a litmus test. "If you can
ride for eight hours, you can ride
for 24 hours," he said. "There is
some serious training going on at
the moment for the world champi-
onship in Canberra in October."
The Defence race was held as
part of the NSW endurance series
with 350 mountain bikers in the
event all up.
It was held on a sandy 10km cir-
cuit with seemingly a tree on every
Flt-Lt Taylor settled into fourth
place early, but got a flat midway
through the first lap and spent the
next three hours working his way
back through traffic to catch the
leading ADF riders.
PO Blair and LCpl Bailey were
riding together at that point and the
three of them then rode together
for the next hour or so, testing each
other to see who was still going to
have the legs by the end of the race.
Cpl Crummy held back a little
from the start but was starting to put
in some solid lap times just behind
the leading three and was also going
to be a factor come the finish if he
could hold on to the pace.
The pace was frantic at times
and ended up taking its toll on
everyone. Lost cleat bolts, severe
cramping and heavy contact with
trees were just some of the factors
that riders had to deal with over the
PO Blair crashed into one of the
trees about an hour before the end
of the race, but he picked himself
and shoulder and a piece missing
from his handlebar -- to win.
It wasn't just about the pointy
end of the field with the ADF col-
ours everywhere on the track.
Rugged terrain takes toll
Air time: Sgt Roger Derrick flies over the track on his way to
winning the ADF masters category at the eight-hour NSW
endurance race at Nowra on May 16. Photo by LS Kelvin Hockey
By Cpl Jane Ashby-Cliffe
MOST people would fall to the ground
from exhaustion after running 100km
but LCpl Caine Warburton got as far as
one knee -- and proposed.
After crossing the finish line hand-
in-hand LCpl Warburton popped the
question to girlfriend Tymeka Mibus and
savoured the moment with a bottle of
The couple completed The North
Face 100 in 18hr 9min, a gruelling race
through the rugged terrain of the Blue
Mountains on May 15.
LCpl Warburton, 1 Avn Regt, said "it
was not your typical romantic proposal
but one which suited us".
"Fifteen weeks of preparation had
come down to one moment and one
response. I had spent the whole race try-
ing to decide on what to say, but I just
went with what came to me at the time."
He had carried the ring for the dura-
tion of the race moving it from the
sweat-soaked gift box to a plastic pill
box before transferring it to his finger in
preparation for the finish.
The couple finished mid field in 249th
and 250th from the 650 who started. 117
runners succumbed to injury and were
evacuated before reaching the finish.
LCpl Warburton was the 7th male
in his age group and Tymeka the 37th
female overall. "We were both so excited
to compete and the atmosphere and hype
was sensational," LCpl Warburton said.
"We ran along fire trails, scrambled
over cliff faces, tackled endless amounts
of stairs and negotiated ridiculously steep
inclines and declines.
"The race was both physically and
mentally demanding. Not only were we
feeling the cold and suffering from the
amount of time we had been on our feet
but having to concentrate on every step
we took was exhausting."
The race commenced at 7am in tem-
peratures of 4-5C and ran well into the
cold of the night.
Checkpoints provided a little relief
as competitors stopped to restock their
food and water supplies.
LCpl Warburton said they were feel-
ing pretty wrecked by checkpoint two
but were able to push on.
"By the time we had hit the 70km
mark we were just amazed that the pain
was no longer getting worse," he said.
"With 11km to go, we knew we were
close but the difficulty did not ease. We
negotiated the final hill and spent the
last 4.5km climbing stairs to the finish."
Marry me: LCpl Caine Warburton
proposes to Tymeka Mibus after
completing The North Face 100.
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