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Cycle racing in high heels? I double dare you

HIGH ON FUN: Kristyne Murray and Eddie McLane examine footwear for the Nymboida Adventure Festival obstacle course - which men have to run in heels.
HIGH ON FUN: Kristyne Murray and Eddie McLane examine footwear for the Nymboida Adventure Festival obstacle course - which men have to run in heels.

EDDIE McLane, owner of Highland Cycles in Grafton, is a man who isn't afraid to push the limits.

So when he was challenged to race in the inaugural Nymboida Adventure Festival obstacle course, wearing heels, he didn't hesitate.

Well maybe he did, just a little.

But with some gentle persuasion from his partner Kristyne Murray, Eddie made the commitment and now he's calling for others to do the same.

"It's a good fun event and I can see the benefits for Grafton... I'm hoping to see some tough competition out there," he said.

But be aware, having raced in the gruelling Grafton to Inverell Cycle Classic several times, Eddie is a seasoned competitor and is likely to be a force to be reckoned with.

The obstacle course is one of many fun challenges at the two-day festival, which will be held at the Nymboida Canoe Centre on August 30 and 31.

Organiser Janelle Young says it's all in the name of good fun.

"It's for anyone who enjoys being outdoors, in nature," she said.

"We want people to realise the canoe centre is about more than just canoeing.

"We have a new board of directors and the festival is the first step in expanding what's on offer."

Saturday will see several challenges including platypus throwing, cardboard kayak calamity, a canoe drag race, and in the evening a bonfire with live music.

One of the event highlights of will be the obstacle course run by local identities in high heels.

Visitors can camp overnight or book a cabin.

Inquires and registrations: Nymboida Canoe Centre 6649 4155 or visit www. nymboidacanoecentre.com

Topics:  heels, nymboida, obstacle, shoes

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