Locals compete in Finke Desert Race

Local motorcycle riders Linton Badman from Lucindale and Jack Lawrence from Naracoorte, competed in the Tatts Finke Desert Race on the Queen's Birthday long weekend.

In the off-road multi-terrain two-day race for assorted vehicles, both Linton and Jack set off on motorcycles from Alice Springs to the small Aputula (Finke) community.

It was Linton's second time racing, and he travelled up to the desert with his friend Jordan Rayner from Bordertown.

In 2018 Linton came in at 256 but this year carved 20 minutes off his time, coming in at 246.

Jordan had an excellent result, coming in at 140.

"It's an adrenaline rush," Linton said of the race. "It's good to go out with mates, and also meet new people."

While up in the Alice Linton and Jordan met up with Jack, but they didn't spend much time together as during pre-training, Jack ended up with a few scrapes.

"I dislocated my shoulder, so I didn't do as well as I had hoped, but I did it just to finish it," Jack said.

"But it was still an amazing experience. You might go 10-20km without seeing anyone in the middle of nowhere, and then there will be a group cheering you on."

It was Jack's first time competing in Finke, however he had watched the race previously.

His friend Daymon Stokie won the race back in 2017 but tragically died in January 2018. The two young men had grown up together.

"It's an absolutely massive event," said Jack. "I didn't realise how many were into it."

Jack came in at 347, which is a respectable place considering there's roughly 600 riders competing.

And being towards the back of the pack meant there were opportunities to help out other riders who were determined to get over the finish line.

Jack was supported by local businesses Bull Bros, Hilton Hay and Silage, and Glendon Vineyards.

"I'm still deciding whether I'll do it next year - I'm hoping I can get a better score," Jack said.

"But if anyone's thinking about doing it, definitely, you've got to go do it."