Biking export suffers set back

Former Colac mountain biker Ryan De La Rue has suffered a back injury days before a Crankworx festival in Canada.

FORMER Colac downhill mountain biker Ryan De La Rue has had a minor setback as he prepares to take on the world’s best competitors.

The 23-year-old, who lives at Whistler, suffered a back injury days before taking on the Crankworx mountain bike festival in Canada, which starts today.

“I actually tweaked my back yesterday so I’ve been at the physio today,” De La Rue told the Colac Herald on Wednesday.

“It’s nothing too serious but not ideal before racing,” he said.

De La Rue said he planned to take yesterday and today off training before his first Pro Class race of the festival – the Canadian Open on Sunday.

He will also contest the Garbanzo DH on Tuesday, before finishing the 10-day event with Wednesday’s Air DH race.

“The Air DH is down the infamous A-Line trail which I love riding, it’s around five minutes long and it’s just jumps and berms the whole way down, fast and flat out and definitely a lung buster,” he said.

“That’s the race I’m hoping to go well at, if I can be in the top 30 I’ll be happy, I’m really going to push hard for that one.”

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