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Junior Pairs Win First Full ZACH MACH Adventure Challenge

The Pioneer Valley played host to the Corry Cycles ZACH MACH Adventure Challenge on Saturday May 6, attracting over 100 adventure-seekers from across the country.

The ZACH MACH Adventure Challenge celebrates the life of former Mackay Christian College student Zach Roberts, who tragically lost his life in a traffic accident at the age of 18 and has become a beloved tradition in the Mackay community since its inception in 2013.

The challenge features four stages of intense adventure activity, including a 40km MTB, 10km kayak, 10km trail run and 30km road cycle.

Angus Wicks and Sam Palmer stole the show who, both aged 16, competed in their first full Challenge, taking out the Junior Pairs category.

The duo had been working their way up to this moment for many years, starting with the MINI MACH Adventure Challenge and setting their sights on the full ZACH MACH.

"We're incredibly proud of Angus and Sam's achievement," said Event Director Nikki Giles.

"It takes a lot of dedication and hard work to complete ZACH MACH, and for them to do it at such a young age is truly impressive."

Angus and Sam's determination and teamwork was on display, crossing the finish line with a time of 5 hours and 51 minutes.

"We're so happy to have completed the ZACH MACH Adventure Challenge and to have won our category," said Angus.

"It's been a goal of ours for a long time, and it feels amazing to finally achieve it."

"We've been training for this moment for a while, and we're grateful for the support of our families, friends and coaches who helped us get here. It's an incredible feeling to know that all our hard work has paid off," agreed Sam.

Women Solo Category Winners:

1st Bridie Ruff 4:46:21

2nd Bec Wood 5:23:40

3rd Kelly Chappell 5:55:45

Men Solo Category Winners:

1st Mitch Nissen 4:11:33

2nd Kurt Brunker 4:47:14

3rd Allan Jefferson 4:50:22

L-R Angus and Sam on the podium

L-R Angus and Sam during the MTB course

Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson opening this year’s Corry Cycles ZACH MACH Adventure Challenge. Photos supplied

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