KEEPING FIT: Whitsunday athlete Steve Jackson has just returned from competing in a 160km cycle event in New Zealand. 
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KEEPING FIT: Whitsunday athlete Steve Jackson has just returned from competing in a 160km cycle event in New Zealand. Photo Contributed

Jackson takes to the bike in NZ

WHITSUNDAY triathlete Steve Jackson has just returned from taking part in a 160km cycling event at Lake Taupo in New Zealand.

Accustomed to taking part in triathlons, Jackson decided to give the gruelling event a go after a friend of his told him about the event.

"I've competed in the same town for the New Zealand Iron Man in 2007 also," he said.

Time and placings were not Jackson's worry at the event that focuses on participation, as strong wind gusts proved havoc for riders.

"There was meant to be a mountain bike event on at the same time but it got cancelled because trees were being blown over on the course," he said.

"It's good to do some events that are not about placings or the clock around like minded people."

For the first 100km of the event competitors battled with the head winds, but were greeted with flat terrain and a tail wind for the final 60km feat.

"Cycling is not too hard on the body, it's just a matter of getting time to refuel," Jackson said.

The event in New Zealand capped off a busy month for Jackson.

He competed in the Fujifilm Hamilton Island Triathlon earlier this month and prior to that he took part in the inaugural 74km Cairns to Port Douglas marathon.

He finished second overall.

The marathon was part of the Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival that included a half marathon, 10km and 5km events and started with a 600m ascent from Cairns to Kuranda.

It was Jackson's hard work on the undulating dirt road section along the long established Black Mountain Range Road that positioned him perfectly for a podium finish.

The more experienced and current Ultraman World Champion Mike Le Roux also competed at the event and took the top honours position.

Jackson said he was now looking forward to recovering by taking some time off over the Christmas period.

Meanwhile fellow Whitsunday triathlete James Carmen will be competing in an Iron Man challenge in Western Australia this weekend.

Carmen competed in the event last year but a mishap on the course prevented him from finishing.

"You could say he has gone back for some unfinished business," Jackson said.


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