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Locked And Loaded, Team Australia Ready to Race in the 2018 ISDE

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Team Australia read for the 2018 ISDE. Photo: John Pearson Media
The countdown is just about done with the Opening Ceremony now behind them Team Australia prepares to take to the track for day one of the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) later today.

Celebrating its 93rd anniversary, Australia‰Ûªs World, Junior and Women‰Ûªs Trophy Teams spent time in reconnaissance over the past week to prepare for a hot and dusty six days ahead.

Retuning to South America for the first time since 2014, Chile last played host to the ISDE back in 2007. Located two hours west of the nation‰Ûªs capital, Santiago, the city of Vina del Mar will play home to the world‰Ûªs best Enduro riders over six days of action.

Organisers have planned three unique and challenging routes to test this year‰Ûªs competitors, with the opening two days seeing riders tackle the apply named Pacific Challenge. Days three and four move riders inland to see how well they handle rocky terrains, alongside dust and high heat. The second last day will find riders navigate a forestry course at Penuelas Lake and Wood, before competitors head into the sixth and final day with traditional a Motocross test in front of the Pacific Ocean in Vina del Mar.
Australia's World Trophy Team of Daniel Milner, Daniel Sanders, Lyndon Snodgrass and Joshua Strang. Photo: John Pearson Media
Leading Australia out down the streets along Vina del Mar beach as the Flag Bearer was Australia's World Trophy Team member, Joshua Strang. Australia‰Ûªs Women‰Ûªs World Trophy Team received a very warm welcome during the Opening Ceremony, as they bid for a record-breaking sixth consecutive win. Scoring their first trophy back in 2013 in Sardinia, Italy, Australia‰Ûªs three ladies, Jessica Gardiner, Tayla Jones and Mackenzie Tricker, are set to once again bring the fire to their international counterparts, serving unstoppable and unrivalled skills. Reflecting on arriving in Chile and the past week of testing and familiarising with the tracks, Gardiner noted that ‰ÛÏwe‰Ûªve done a lot of walking here in Chile. It‰Ûªs been quite hilly and therefore quite difficult to walk.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs also been quite hot, and even though the metre says its only 22 degrees it really feels like 32! We‰Ûªve learnt that it‰Ûªs going to be far more technical than the standard fast and flowing grass tracks usually seen at the ISDE. So there‰Ûªs going to be more technique involved, which should make it interesting to decipher all the riders quickly!

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs been great to be with the girls in our Women‰Ûªs World Trophy Team! We‰Ûªve found a new teammate in Mackenzie Tricker, so hopefully us Aussie girls can keep the ball rolling and stay strong. We‰Ûªre preparing for a long, hot event, so we are going to have to really rely on our air filters changes and keeping our coolers up to date. So, fingers crossed for a good event!‰Û
The Australian Women's World Trophy Team of Jessica Gardiner, Tayla Jones and Mackenzie Tricker will be out to defend their championship. Photo: John Pearson Media
The class with arguably the most intense competition is the World Trophy, and Team Australia has already been coined as a strong and dominant force for 2018, with the potential to take out the trophy. Strang reflected on the team‰Ûªs hunger and drive, highlighting that ‰ÛÏthe conditions and terrain here in Chile are somewhat different to what I‰Ûªm used to. But I think once the race starts today, I‰Ûªll no doubt just on into it and be good to go! The next six days should be pretty great, and all the Aussies are in good spirits!‰Û
Australia's Junior World Trophy Team of Fraser Higlett, Tom Mason and Andrew Wilksch. Photo: John Pearson Media
World Trophy Team
Daniel Milner
Daniel Sanders
Lyndon Snodgrass
Joshua Strang

Women's World Trophy Team
Jessica Gardiner
Tayla Jones
Mackenzie Tricker

Junior World Trophy Team
Fraser Higlett
Tom Mason
Andrew Wilksch

Team Manager - Don Atkins

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