By Tom McNish
MOUNTAIN biker Karen Hill has taken out the fourth round of the Victorian Championship Mountain bike race at Eildon on Saturday, January 9.
She took the win amongst the state’s best riders.
“I loved the Eildon race. We had a good sized women’s field for the elite race and the course was mostly fun single track,” Hill said.
The Venus Bay rider now sits in second position overall with four rounds of the championship remaining.
“The Murrindini Cycling Club and Vic Champs Series organisers put together a great course and event.”
“It was 1 hour 28 minutes over three laps of a 7km course, with pretty hot temperatures,” she said.
Hill said she always aimed to be better at training than yesterday.
“I love the challenge of training and actually seeing what you are capable of.
“The human body and mind is pretty amazing and I love learning to use them to my advantage.”
Hill made the move to Venus Bay in 2020.
“I have done a couple of longer term stints while writing up my thesis but I moved back permanently, not that anything in life is permanent, about eight months ago,” Hill said.
And she’s a fan of the cycling throughout the region.
“I love exploring through the Strzleckis and the rolling South Gippsland hills are pretty scenic.”
“I am excited to see the development of more mountain bike trails in the Gippsland region too.”
Hill has raced around the world.
“With the help of Reho Travel, I raced in some pretty spectacular places; Timor Leste, Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, New Zealand, Canada and not to mention all of the amazing local locations,” she said.
“Mountain biking has taught me to have the courage to do the things that scare me and live a life that sets my soul on fire.”
“I love the freedom, fun, adventure, nature, the challenge, the lessons, the people I meet and places my bike takes me, the fun is pretty well endless.
Looking ahead, Karen is focused on the cross-country national championships in March.
“My main race I am training for at the moment is cross-country mountain bike national championships at Maydena, Tasmania in March.”
But she will also be testing her fitness racing on the road.
“In the lead up to that, I will have road national champs, Otway Odyssey, state cross country champs at Falls Creek and The Dragon Trail stage race in Tasmania,” Karen said.