Enduro

She’s the world’s fastest female enduro rider for a reason

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Ballard's Yamaha rider Alison Parker never looked liked losing from day one of the Hogs Breath Caf̩ Australian 4-Day Enduro (A4DE) held near Coffs Harbour on July 5-8. "I was so keen to get back on the bike - I'd recently upped my training routine to include a lot of gym work, as well as spending as much time on the bike as possible, so I was feeling strong and ready to go." Alison said. And go she did. Despite a bad start in the final round, Alison made a clean sweep of the women's class, reminding all present why she is an international enduro champion as well as the first Australian woman in history to race the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE). Alison barely broke a sweat in front of the packed stadium at the Coffs Harbour Motorcycle Park on the fourth and final day of the event, showing the class that has made her the unrivalled fastest female Australian Enduro rider since 2002. Having spent the previous three days battling the rugged conditions in the hills around Coramba, west of Coffs Harbour, local enduro fans were treated to an up-close look at the riders as they completed their fourth day as a circuit course. "It's been pretty intense," said a smiling Alison after taking the crown at her sixth A4DE in a row. "I have previously raced this event at locations across New South Wales, South Australia, Western Australia and Victoria, so I have my preparation down-pat, but it's still a constant challenge. "Every track, every course, is different. The key is to stay alert and read the conditions". A schoolteacher by trade, Alison lived for a number of years at Red Rock, north of Coffs Harbour, whilst completing her teaching degree at Southern Cross University, and used the local territory to great advantage, exploring the hills and bush surrounding Coffs Harbour to stay in top form. Pleased that the A4DE is now recognised as an Australian championship event for women, Alison encouraged more women to take up enduro racing. "We have reached the required number of female competitors (for championship event status), and there were a few international entries as well which is very exciting." Alison said. "This is a growth phase in the sport of enduro and a terrific time to be involved. I'd love to see more women in the sport. It's very rewarding and a great way to keep fit as well as an excellent excuse to travel!"

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