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Cyborg

Team Photographer, Chronicler

Cyborg

Cyborg

Team Photographer, Chronicler

Chris, being made up of Titanium parts, is the toughest, most durable human in existence. One fateful afternoon in 2004, Chris (as he was back then) was racing his faithful companion Jack on his bike when he discovered the perils of riding with an animal. The normally vigilant Jack was distracted by some wildlife and decided he wanted a closer look, Jack ran across the front of Chris’s vehicle causing an abrupt end to the outing. Chris was rendered useless by the incident for some time, having broken bones in both arms. Chris was the recipient of some of mankind’s most sophisticated hardware. His only regret to date is that more of his then fragile body was not broken, in order to be enhanced by “Terminator” like inner structures.

Adventure racer ready for action.
The Cyborg

Due to the Cyborg’s physical makeup, he is somewhat an unstoppable force, able to endure some of nature’s toughest challenges. Some of those challenges were issued during he AROC races undertaken by Chris and his teammates; some of which were incapable of keeping up with the man/machine. One such event was the Lake Macquarie Challenge, where, instead of following walking trails, Cyborg decided to cut through rugged territory using his “cyborg” arms like machetes to clear a path for his fellow teammates. On the kayak legs, Cyborg also decided to ditch the provided paddle to utilise his enhanced arms to power through the Lake’s clear but choppy waters. The bike leg was a tough leg for his fellow teammates, but Cyborg was able to apply his diving skills and rode through water which end up being navel height.

The Cyborg is always the one volunteering to run that extra mile to get a checkpoint, allowing team members to recuperate and regather, also displayed when climbing a cliff from the kayak leg on Lake Macquarie, and returning, practically plunging himself down the cliff and back into his teammates’ embrace.

Favourite Sayings: “Follow the bunny!”
Worst race injury: Water on the lungs, due to lack of scuba gear whilst riding his mountain bike in the Lake Macquarie 2008 AROC race.
Favourite piece of kit: Dark sunglasses to hide the eyes from their target, as well as 1 litre coffee (de)hydration pack.
Paddling Position: Steerage, controlling the direction and speed of the craft (or should I say, bathtub)