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Jun142017

« Locals boys not defeated by desert »

Warialda boys Brett Carroll and Jesse Moore have survived one of the toughest desert races in the world, finishing their Finke campaigns in 21st and 22nd position respectively. 

Both riders arrived safely back in Alice Springs on Monday afternoon, following a gruelling 460km race through some of Australia’s toughest terrain.

For Brett Carroll, making it to the start line was a feat in itself, having crashed during race preparations and suffering a ligament strain in his knee. Despite his struggles to even walk, being his first attempt at the desert race, Brett was determined, and made it to Finke in 2 hours and 39 minutes on Sunday as his family and friends nervously standing by for notification of his arrival.

Jesse’s campaign was also not without dramas, with suspension troubles in the lead up to the race. Starting just behind Brett, Jesse made it to Finke without any issues in a time of 2 hours and 44 minutes.

Along with the local boys, Moree rider Julie Denyer also survived the trip to Finke, arriving to the remote community in time for the three to address any issues with their bikes and rest and reenergise for the race back to Alice Springs.

Sunday’s times dictated the starting order for the Finke to Alice Springs leg of the race, with Brett finishing the first day in 22nd position, and Jesse close behind in 31st. Brett was the first of the local boys to depart Finke on Monday, with Jesse’s grid of riders heading off only one minute behind. Julie also headed off within the hour.

With riders only seconds apart on the leaderboard, the boys had to fight all day to maintain their positions. With the cars and buggies completing the race before the bikes, the track was left in a poor condition, with dust, fatigue and soreness all affecting the competitors. Both Brett and Jesse completed each section of the track with similar times, with only seconds separating the two all day.

As the boys approached the finish line at Alice Springs, extremely blistered hands threatened their momentum, but both held on to cross the finish line only seconds apart, with Brett the 20th rider home, and Jesse following directly behind in 22nd for the day.

“That was the most brutal thing I have ever done,” Brett said as he got off his bike.

Corrected times saw Brett finish 21st overall, and Jesse 22nd. Julie also survived the desert, finishing at 361st position from a field of almost 600.

The riders will now begin the long journey back to New South Wales following a tiring four weeks in the red centre.

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