Macau resident Miguel Freitas gets to grips with the steps at the ruins of St Paul's yesterday as he prepares for next month's Action Asia Challenge Macau 2006. Freitas finished runner-up overall in last year's event, which will this year cover 42 kilometres and include disciplines such as mountain biking, trail and road running, stair climbing, orienteering and map reading, rock scrambling, ocean kayaking and abseiling. Macau competitor Pedro Ribeiro and teammate Daniel Brown of Hong Kong will return to defend their title on June 11, but will have their work cut out in the face of the awesome Taiwan duo of Suen Jyi-shen and Chen Chung-ren. Brown said: 'Pedro and I won in Macau last year, but in the Hong Kong event last December we were beaten by the Taiwanese team. We want to finish in front.' Chen said: 'We have been looking forward to the Macau event for a long time. We are well prepared and ready to compete against the toughest teams from Macau and Hong Kong. We hope everyone is ready for us.' Details of the course will be kept secret until the eve of the event. The Action Asia Challenge Macau is the first leg of the four-race Asia Miles Action Asia Series, which also comprises races in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore.