Cairns sailors tackle tough terrain

Published on LEUT Danielle Britton (author), Unknown (photographer)

Location(s): Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas, Qld

Topic(s): HMAS Cairns, Mountain Biking

HMAS Cairns riders ready to roll, L-R: WO Jeremy Wade, PO Michael Beacham, AB Matthew Tickner, LS Chris Hemsworth, PO Kristian Weldon, WO Danny Taylor, Mr Jim Ross, AB Kyll Wright, PO Mick Huntly, PO Jamie Pottie. (photo: Unknown)
HMAS Cairns riders ready to roll, L-R: WO Jeremy Wade, PO Michael Beacham, AB Matthew Tickner, LS Chris Hemsworth, PO Kristian Weldon, WO Danny Taylor, Mr Jim Ross, AB Kyll Wright, PO Mick Huntly, PO Jamie Pottie.

With the local mountain biking season in full swing, ten energetic sailors from HMAS Cairns saddled up for a day of physical challenges as they represented Navy in the RRR Mountain Bike Challenge.

The RRR, which stands for Rural Rainforest Reef, is Australia’s longest running ‘Point to Point’ mountain bike race with 35km and 70km categories.

The Cairns Navy riders, ranging from Able Seaman to Warrant Officer, took part in the 35km race. Their route started at Wetherby Station in the Port Douglas Hinterland, dropping down through the rainforest along the historic Bump Track and finishing on the world famous Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas.

The biggest challenge of the race is the historic Bump Track, a steady rainforest decent down to a rocky creek crossing and a serious open forested ridgeline descent that drops 350m in just 2km. 

“I was uncertain of what to expect on the infamous Bump Track, but was pleasantly surprised by the whole course and how much fun mountain biking in the wet tropics can be,” said Petty Officer Michael Beacham.

“I cannot wait to have another crack next year and improve on my time.”

The event is the culmination of the Cairns Reef to Reef, a four day staged mountain bike race in the region.

Navy’s participation in the event provided an opportunity to promote Navy in the Cairns area, building relations with external agencies and demonstrating our ‘Fit to Fight’ attributes.