Dr Steve ped­als to his sev­enth RRR chal­lenge

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Gizelle Ghidella

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.

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Steve Salleras at the RRR in 2014

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