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Paul Hoye 46 RRR Moun­tain Bike Chal­lenge

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

I bought a moun­tain bike at the 1996 World Cham­pi­onships in Cairns. I had al­ways been an out­doors per­son and moun­tain bik­ing was just an ex­ten­sion of this. The Bump Track was pretty wild in those days and so the Bump and the CREB track pro­vided some ad­ven­tures for me. Since 1996 when I did my first Triple R. I had about 10 years off spearfish­ing and got back into rid­ing five years ago, at the RRR. It re­ally of­fers the best of mul­ti­ple ex­pe­ri­ences. Up in the trop­ics you are sur­rounded by a great en­vi­ron­ment. You can ride in the bush by your­self, ride with mates, get as fit as you want, get good at the han­dling skills and race if you want to. I’ve al­ways had a com­pet­i­tive na­ture so rac­ing lets me scratch

that itch. year when I took my wife on a prac­tice ride for the RRR and she broke her wrist. She has two per­ma­nent plates now and re­minds me reg­u­larly. I’m hop­ing to get near the top three in Masters but Masters seems to get harder each year. I’m rac­ing the 75km and the field is big so it will be in­ter­est­ing. Many, but I’ve been lucky too. Be­ing com­pet­i­tive and mov­ing at speed amongst trees and rocks will even­tu­ally end in tears. I put eight teeth from the front chain ring into the bot­tom of my calf. Plenty. The best was when I was prac­tis­ing some moves on a cane head­land af­ter watch­ing a moun­tain bike video. I had no hel­met or shirt on and was clipped into the ped­als I flipped the bike and landed flat on my back. I was still clipped in, may have had con­cus­sion and it took me 15 min­utes to move my legs into a po­si­tion to get out of the ped­als. I also looked like some bandi­coots at­tacked me while I was on the ground. Some peo­ple watched me from their pa­tio un­for­tun

ately. You have to be very fit to do the 75km race and rea­son­ably fit to race the shorter RRR. But if you want a so­cial ride then most peo­ple could man­age the short race with a bit of prac­tice.

And the worst? The worst was last How fit do you have to be to com

pete in a event like this?

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