Moun­tain biker gears up for Por­tu­gal

Cockburn Gazette - - LOOKLOCAL -

WEST Aus­tralian 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 in­volves us­ing a com­pass and map to cy­cle around check points on a course.

The 39-year-old said the sport was much big­ger in Europe than Aus­tralia and he would need to put in a strong per­for­mance.

“Euro­peans are a whole dif­fer­ent field – they live it over there,” he said

Thack­ray said he got into moun­tain bike ori­en­teer­ing af­ter do­ing ro­gain­ing for sev­eral years be­fore he did an ad­ven­ture race – which in­cluded moun­tain bik­ing, pad­dling and trekking – and lov­ing the moun­tain bike com­po­nent of it.

He has al­ready rep­re­sented his coun­try in 2012-13 and is ready to have an­other shot in July.

Thack­ray was made re­dun­dant from his job as a 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.

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Moun­tain bike rider Ricky Thack­ray.

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