Huntingdale rider over injuries and ready to go at 2018 World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships


Ricky Thackray has qualified for the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships in Austria in August.
Ricky Thackray has qualified for the World Mountain Bike Orienteering Championships in Austria in August.

INJURY may have thwarted him a year ago, but Ricky Thackray is looking to make amends at this year’s World Mountain Bike Orienteering (MTBO) Championships.

The Huntingdale resident has qualified for the world championships for the fifth time, which take place this August in Austria.

Thackray said he was looking forward to competing after a freak accident in the lead up to last year’s event ruled him out of the tournament.

“I had an accident beforehand and ended up breaking my patella and my collarbone,” he said.

“It was just a training ride on the road bike, I hit a power pole which was in the middle of the path at top speed.”

Thackray said he was over the worst of the injury and while he was not targeting a high finish at the championships, he simply wanted to do his best.

“The competition over there is really tough and unfortunately at my age – I’m now in my 40s – it’s tough to compete against the guys in their 20s, but you’ve just got to try your best and improve on your own,” he said.

Thackray said MTBO, which combines mountain biking with navigation, was a different kettle of fish to normal mountain biking.

“You’re not just following a course around, you’ve got to focus on not only maintaining your speed, but also reading the map while you’re moving,” he said.

“You’re trying to find the best route from one point to the next, but also following the map as well and trying not to get lost.”

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