Peta Mullens was born on the 3rd March 1988 in Bendigo, Victoria (Australia). Since the day she was born Mullens has a very interesting story. She was born a twin, four weeks premature and unconscious. After eight minutes with no air and a tube down her throat, she took her first breath. She was born an ‘Aussie Battler’.
Mullens was an active child from the age of 9, competing in athletics and cross country, and at just 14 she completed her first marathon. At 15 she was crowned Australian Mountain Running Champion, then dabbled in Triathlon for 3 years before collecting Junior Australian titles in Road & Track Cycling, in addition to a bronze medal at the Junior Worlds. She raced for the AIS in Europe for two years before meeting a boy in Bendigo, and leaving the sporting culture she had lived and breathed her whole life.
She tried to ease herself into the real world but instead wanted a piece of everything it threw at her. She was working full-time in Retail Management, studying a Diploma of Conveyancing and renovating houses in-between training when she secured another two National titles in XCM and XCO MTB disciplines. After missing an Olympic year cycle, Mullens enlisted the training advice of Mark Fenner and ventured back to Europe, raced on the MTB at the Commonwealth Games and completed three years with the Worlds leading Women’s Professional team, Wiggle High 5. During this time she claimed another four National Titles including being crowned the 2015 Australian Road Race Champion.
In 2017 Mullens decided to mix things up again, signing for the American based Hagens Berman Supermint Pro Cycling Team. Despite netting 10 wins for the season on the road, her passion is still on the dirt. She will return home to race the MTB World Championships in Cairns, Australia, while representing Focus Attaquer on the CX bike.
It’s likely that 2018 will hold another Commonwealth Games birth for the versatile Mullens, but in what discipline it’s impossible to know. But she is hopeful it will be yet another steeping stone to a hopeful Olympic representation. With the support of Mark Fenner and Today’s Plan, Mullens plans more amazing memories to continue on her journey as an ‘Aussie Battler’.
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