Championships mapped out
HUNTINGDALE’S Ricky Thackray is gearing up to take on the world’s best mountain bikers and navigators.
He has been chosen to represent Australia at the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships in Portugal.
Mountain bike orienteering is essentially orienteering – using a compass and map to go quickly around check points on a course – on a mountain bike.
The 39-year-old said he was going to have to perform strongly to make the top half of the field, as it is a better known sport in Europe.
“It is relatively unknown in WA,” he said.
“We can get 35-40 people; when I go to Victoria they can get 80-90 people and it is better known in Europe.
“Europeans are a whole different field; they live it over there.”
He said he got into MTBO after doing rogaining for several years before he did an adventure race – which included mountain biking, paddling and trekking – in the early 2000s and loved the mountain bike component. d453566
He has already represented his country in 2012-13 and is ready to have another go from July 24-30.
Thackray was made redundant from his job as a financial accountant and has been using his time over the past few months to train hard.
The Australian MTBO Championships for sprint, middle and long course will be held in WA this year.
To try MTB Orienteering, email email@example.com.
Mountain bike rider Ricky Thackray.