Cycling challenge

Taking on the cycling challenge: Graeme Drake, Warren, Jenna and Iven Bennett, Murray House and Aaron Robertson. Not pictured: Rodney Marthick and Chris Birtwistle.

Ride. Eight local cyclists braved strong headwinds to take on the 2014 Pure Cycle Challenge Tasmania at the end of last month.

The event has two options – a 219 kilometre ride from Devonport to Strahan – which Aaron Roberston took on for the third year – and a 135km Cradle Mountain to Strahan track.

Fellow riders Graeme Drake, Murray House, Rodney Marthick, Chris Birtwistle, and Warren Bennett with children Iven and Jenna took on the shorter of the two, completing the event in under six hours.

While the event is a ‘challenge’, Drake says most treat it as a race and really push themselves.

This was Drake’s third time completing the track, and says his times of 6 hours 14 minutes, 5 hours 15 minutes and 5 hours 40 minutes, reflect just how tough the February 22 conditions were.

“This was particularly hard because of the headwinds. The first two ones I did were tail winds, light tail winds.”

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