Dr Steve pedals to his seventh RRR challenge
PORT Douglas doctor and avid mountain bike rider, Steve Salleras, is amped up for his 7th time at the RRR (Rural, Rainforest, Reef) Mountain Bike Challenge, this Sunday.
The race is the longest point to point race in Australia starting at Wetherby Station and trekking through the rainforest and ending at the northern point of Four Mile Beach.
Dr Salleras, who’s placed twelfth previously in the 35 kilometre race, is entering the 70 kilometre race and said it’s quite difficult.
“It’s fairly technically challenging and exhausting,” he said.
“Having done it multiple times, the main thing is to make peace with the fact that it’s going to be uncomfortable at times and I’m more likely not to burn out or cramp in the early stages, pacing yourself is a good way to overcome that.
“You’re racing at high levels of exertion and there’s quite a lot of climbing so most of us start to suffer.
“You just have to keep peddling to make it to the end, it’s exhilarating to see the finish line when you hit Four Mile Beach and with a strong tail wind pushing along you travel quite fast towards the end,” Dr Salleras said.
Although the Triple R is a strenuous race for most, Steve comes back every year to participate.
“I love it because it’s an enormously fun and challenging sport, the social aspect of it is fantastic and it’s a great way to keep fit,” Dr Salleras said.
“It’s a great way muck around, it’s like being a kid on a little push bike,” he said.
Age is no limit for Steve, who is now in the over 50s division, he said it’s more about endurance.
“The younger riders do have a lot more raw power but when it comes to endurance age is much less of an issue and I still enjoy it just as much,” Dr Salleras said.
Local knowledge is a bit of an advantage according to Steve, especially for those riders who haven’t experienced the Bump Track.
Steve Salleras at the RRR in 2014