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Army August 4, 2011
By Cpl Melanie Schinkel
MOUNTAIN bike rider Sgt Peter
McLeod, ASEME, is determined to
win a podium position at the next
Legacy Eight-Hour Challenge in
September after placing fifth in the
event last year.
Raising $21,000 for Legacy last
year, the Legacy challenge this year will
introduce a duathlon event and be held
in South Bandiana, Victoria.
"Last year I was more focused on
finishing the race than competing in it.
I'm challenging myself this year to take
a higher place -- I'll start training about
eight weeks out from the race date," Sgt
"My training leading up to the race
will involve a high-intensity program
designed to enhance my riding power
and sustain my heart rate. The program
will build in intensity and peak two
weeks before the race."
The Legacy Eight-Hour Challenge
Coordinator, PTI Cpl Cobi Head, School
of Health, said he wanted this year's
event to be "the most successful yet".
"Relay teams of two to four mem-
bers will run, ride or walk to complete
as many laps as possible in eight hours,"
Cpl Head said.
"The duathlon event will involve par-
ticipants alternating between running
and riding and the individual category
will require competitors to cover up to
50km in eight hours.
"We need all the support we can get
from Defence personnel. Once regis-
tered, participants are required to seek
out their own sponsorships and dona-
tions, but all monies raised will be
donated to Legacy."
Sgt McLeod said he had a couple of
tricks up his sleeve to give him a leading
edge in the competition.
"I will pre-prepare my race food and
water portions and position them on the
bike so I can access them easily with-
out stopping. I will also use a timer to
remind me each hour to eat 70g of solid
and liquid carbohydrates.
"Competing in an endurance event
like this requires you to overcome the
challenges it presents -- like boredom.
By Cfn Max Bree
ARMY technical know-how and
some ambitious logistics have
aided the smooth running of a
charity car race through the out-
back from June 5-11.
Three mechanics from 9FSB
joined a "sweep" recovery team
supporting a field of pre-1971 cars
in the Outback Car Trek.
The trek races through the
bush from Dubbo to Uluru, raising
money for the Royal Flying Doctor
Cpl Anthony Stirzaker, Cfn
Codie Rex and Cfn Jason Homman
made up 9FSB's contribution and
arrived at the start line thinking that
they may have over packed.
"It was immediately apparent
something was wrong; out of the 16
support and sweep vehicles we were
the only ones towing a trailer."
Travelling through some of
the least populated parts of NSW,
Queensland and SA, Cpl Stirzaker's
team were kept busy with broken
axles, busted radiators and cracked
"Our job was to stick at the rear
of the field and repair any broken
vehicles, very similar to our current
jobs," Cpl Stirzaker said.
Over six days, Outback Car
Trek contestants drove 3800km
and raised more than $1.4m for
the RFDS. Car trek organiser Bill
Patrick said he was impressed with
the 9FSB mechanics.
"Everything was absolutely top
shelf," Mr Patrick said. "They were
invaluable; they had an excellent
demeanour and good skills.
"Without them we would have
had to abandon vehicles until they
could be towed to the nearest town,
sometimes 500-600km away."
After crossing countless creeks
and sailing down sand dunes, the
9FSB crew finished the trek with
plenty of handshakes and pats on the
back from the rest of the sweep team.
"There were also a few 'I can't
believe that bloody trailer made it',"
Cpl Stirzaker said.
9FSB will support the event
next year with a larger presence and
Driving ambition to help
Learning from experience: Sgt
Peter McLeod, ASEME, competes
in the 2010 eight-hour challenge in
South Bandiana, Victoria.
Service with a smile: Cpl Anthony Stirzaker, left, and Cfn Jason Homan check under the bonnet of an
old truck as part of their support of the Outback Car Trek.
"My lead-up training should enable
me to finish the event in good shape.
"For me, the reward is not in the
result but in the ride itself."
The Eight-Hour Challenge is open to all Defence
personnel. If you would like to compete or spon-
sor a team or individual, contact Cpl Head on
(02) 6055 2539 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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