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 completing a year on the road with Wiggle Honda. But with another Olympics fast approaching she has decided she is hungry for something more…
After claiming victory in the Australian Road Race Championships earlier this year, achieving gold in the Team Relay on the dirt, a silver in the Road Criterium, silver in the Olympic Cross Country MTB and a further bronze in the MTB Eliminator she has shown she has the talent to achieve an unbelievable feat of trying to gain selection for both the road and MTB in Rio.
For 2015, Mullens will pack her bike box and spend 5 months abroad in both Europe and the US, representing Wiggle Honda during her time on the tarmac, and the SRAM Yeti Racing team on the dirt. With the support Mark Fenner and Today’s Plan, Mullens plans more amazing memories to continue on her journey as an ‘Aussie Battler’.
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