May 29th marked the 21st running of the RRR [Rural, Reef & Rainforest] MTB event here in Tropical Far North Queensland Australia.
The race starts in a tiny rural town high on the tablelands, crosses through sugar cane farms, cattle stations and world heritage listed tropical rain forest to finish on the beach at the resort town of Port Douglas.
With the last 4km a slog, but picturesque ride up 4 mile beach
The course is not particulary challenging but the "Bump track" 10kms fom the end drops 400 meters in 2km through the rain forest sorting out the "Real" mountain bikers from the ring in roadies
This year saw two races started 30 minutes apart - a 40km and a 70km.
Some 420 riders took place.
257 men in the 40km
80 men in the 70km
Note that the 40km is more popular as this is the traditional length with the 70km option only added this year.
For the record the winner did the 40km in 1.24, average was 2.01 across all classes.
I finished 8th in sport men [all men all ages] out of 57 starters in 1.45
Pretty happy with that given I'm 47 and cant ride as much as I would like to.
hope you enjoy the vid , I sure enjoyed the race
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