THEY might have been the only entrant in their class, but Echuca team The Contractor left Southern 80 Sunday with big smiles on their faces.
Skiers Grace Tooth and Jaymi Clancy left the river proud with their performance in the Sub Junior Girls Expert class at their home event.
‘‘It does still feel good. To be able to say you’ve achieved that accomplishment of skiing 80 kilometres is really great,’’ Tooth said.
Her teammate agreed the race had been a success.
‘‘The Southern 80 is really important to me,’’ Clancy said.
‘‘It’s my favourite race all year round. It’s really exciting when it comes and it’s just as sad when it’s gone.’’
The tough conditions caused a little discomfort for the girls.
‘‘I was really tired and I couldn’t feel my fingers or my toes, and the rain hurt when it hit me in the face,’’ Clancy said.
Tooth said the conditions had allowed them to show off their skills.
‘‘The conditions weren’t really ideal, it was raining and the course was a bit tough, but we can deal with it. We know how to change the way we ski to the conditions,’’ she said. Another Echuca local team Coojac Racing claimed victory in the 200hp Expert class.
Coojac Racing finished in 44:07, pushing out a two minute gap over second-placed Hydraulic.