Principal passes test

By Grace Jones | posted on November 3, 2018

ALBANY rider and South Stirling Primary School principal Di Fry had a breakthrough win at the recent Cape to Cape endurance mountain biking event.

Over the four stages of the 210km race, Fry clocked in with a total time of 13 hours, 17 minutes and seven seconds to claim the Masters 3 Women’s division.

Fry has been riding competitively for nearly 10 years and said it all started when her husband bought a couple of hybrid bikes.

“I was a middle to long-distance runner for a long time and started getting too many injuries,” she said.

“I was doing shorter and shorter races and I felt like there was no point in doing it.

“So my husband and I bought a couple of hybrid bikes and started to do a lot of riding together.

“After competing in the Karri Cup in Northcliffe, my husband gave me a mountain bike for my 50th birthday and that was it.

“My strength is in endurance, and mountain biking became my sport.”

Fry has now competed in five Cape to Cape races, but this year was the first time she was rewarded for the long haul with a spot on the podium.

“This was my first time in a new age bracket and I’m definitely the baby of the group,” she joked.

“My previous group had some sensational riders and I had no chance of keeping up with them.”

Fry said she tries to get out for a 25km ride twice a week to keep in tip-top shape for her two competitive endurance rides each year.

“I stick to doing the Karri Cup and Cape to Cape each year for competitions,” she said.

“Cape to Cape is around 210km over four days and the Karri Cup is a 100km event.

“It’s getting longer and longer to recover so I’m not too sure how much longer I’ll be doing two big events.”

Fry said getting involved in mountain biking was something the whole family could do.

“The younger your kids are the more confident on the track and least likely to get hurt,” she said.

“If you trust your bike and trust yourself, you’ll be fine.

“It’s a great sport to get out exercising and to be out in nature.”

Fry said she had time to recover over the Christmas break and get back into the swing of training in time for the Karri Cup in April next year.

“Karri Cup is a fantastic event and has a real community spirit behind it.

“Albany is really missing out on having established mountain bike trails because places like Northcliffe, Margaret River and Pemberton are meccas for riders.”