24-year old Daymon Stokie rode through the pain of a broken hand to win the 2017 Gascoyne Dash held in remote and rugged Western Australian countryside over the weekend.
Mounted on a Yamaha, Stokie endured not only the tough nature of the 400km course that runs across desert, dry river beds and high speed sections in a continuous 7km loop, but also a broken hand suffered during the course of the event.
Saturday saw the field roar off into the wilderness to cover the 200kilometres set out for the day. Stokie was in good form and had a trouble-free run to claim the day win and hold a one minute advantage heading into day two.
But it wasn‰Ûªt long into the second day when Stokie fell awkwardly and injured his hand. With just 10 kilometres covered, Stokie still had nearly 200ks to race and a hand that was not in a good shape. But in a true test of toughness, Stokie battled on and tried to protect his lead from day one.
Things become extremely tense in the closing stages as his nearest rival, Cody Upton, mounted one last charge as the pair entered the final few kilometres. In the end, Stokie stopped the clock at 3.41:50 just four seconds ahead of Upton with a 3.41:54 in one of the closest finishes to the gruelling event.
‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm glad that is over,‰Û