Leg­end re­turn­ing for RRR

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

THE first pro­fes­sional to win both cross-coun­try and down­hill moun­tain-bik­ing cham­pi­onships in Australia is ready to take on the Ru­ral, Rain­for­est and Reef moun­tain bike event.

At the age of 47, Rob Eva has won many na­tional Aus­tralian cham­pi­onships since he started rid­ing 30 years ago and even though cross-coun­try and down­hill are dif­fer­ent styles, he won both na­tional cham­pi­onships in the same year in 1993.

The RRR has reached ma­tu­rity in its 21st year and dur­ing the ear­lier years Eva won the event and is back again this year to rem­i­nisce and en­joy the ex­pe­ri­ence.

“The ad­ver­sity of the bike when we were rid­ing is not quite like now, we didn’t have much of a choice, didn’t have full sus­pen­sion, they were heavy bikes and not qual­ity, I re­mem­ber the ride not be­ing as smooth as I’d like,” he said.

“We got to the ru­ral area and it was just fan­tas­tic through the farm­land and all of a sud­den got to the rain­for­est and the bump track is like a water­fall with no water on the bot­tom with only rocks and boul­ders all the way down.

“The big fi­nale was pulling onto the beach and see­ing Port Dou­glas in the dis­tance, rid­ing on the sand is pretty tough but a beau­ti­ful fin­ish line.”

Eva’s ad­vice to first-time riders is to pace out the event and be sure to leave enough en­ergy to bat­tle the sand-ride to the fin­ish line on Four Mile Beach.

“It gave a lit­tle bit of adrenalin but I got to the beach and was just dead where some guys took it eas­ier on the race, it’s a tough way into town,” he said.

This time around, Eva is plan­ning on catch­ing up with old friends who he used to race against and said he will not be break­ing any records, with zero prepa­ra­tion.

“I’m fit at the mo­ment but I don’t think I’ll spend too much time sit­ting at the front, June is my off sea­son but I’m look­ing for­ward to com­ing up and sup­port­ing the event,” he said.

The RRR moun­tain bike event will be held on Sun­day, May 27, and for those who don’t want to do the 70km en­durance ride from Mt Molloy can sign up for the 35km Clas­sic.

Pros are com­ing: Rob eva set for RRR

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