MORE than 2600 riders in 545 teams completed the Mont 24 Hour
Mountain Bike Race just outside Canberra and, among them, was rookie
Michael was the fourth of six cyclists riding in the mixed Six Skins team
sponsored by Skins Compression Garments, one of his long-time supporters.
He completed three of the 19.5 kilometre-long laps, helping his team to to
an impressive 183rd placing overall and an 18th place in their mixed six
Team captain, Craig Martin, said Michael was a key member of the Six Skins,
completing all his laps in around sixty minutes.
"When Michael finished his first lap in just over an hour, there was a real
buzz around the event. We were talking about it, other teams were talking
"A time like that puts him in the top 30-odd per cent of all riders and
that's amazing for a guy with one leg. He's bloody awesome, a real
inspiration. When you see a time like that you just know he's putting in
that much more work," said Craig.
Michael started his second and third laps at 11pm and 3am, with no sleep in
between. He completed them in 1:07 and 1:12 respectively.
"Obviously your first lap is bound to be your fastest, when you are fresh
and it's light. Those night laps were tough, especially the third one but I
enjoyed them none-the-less. It was a real challenge to overcome the fatigue
and pretty much back-up with that 3am ride.
"I was all ready for a fourth around 10am but decided I'd done enough. I
took my daughter for a quick ride around the kiddies track instead,"
Photo: Michael with his Six Skin teammates on Saturday prior to the
start of the Mont, the biggest mountain bike race in the world.