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Paul Hoye 46 RRR Mountain Bike Challenge
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?