BMX boost for top teen

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - SAM SMALL­BONE

HE’S young, he’s fast and he’s got all the tricks.

Moss­man BMX rider Zane Caldera spends most his time rid­ing at the Moss­man skate park and never thought he’d be recog­nised by in­ter­na­tional spon­sors.

“I ride be­cause it is what I en­joy do­ing - it’s the same as why some peo­ple play mu­sic, or do art, or any other hob­bies,” he said.

“It’s a way to ex­press your­self, to show your cre­ativ­ity, to have fun, and of course to get some adren­a­line.”

At the age of 18 he is al­ready spon­sored by PD Bike Works, Leaf Cy­cles and CTN Im­ports, a spon­sor from Ger­many.

Owner of CTN Im­ports Matthew Whit­more found Zane af­ter look­ing for new rid­ers with great bike skills who would mix well with the other teams.

“Zane im­presses me ev­ery week, his rid­ing is amaz­ing and the tech­nique is spot on,” he said.

“He is al­ways will­ing to try new tricks and seems to nail them on the first few at­tempts, rid­ing with the va­ri­ety of peo­ple that he does it re­ally helps him work on dif­fer­ent skills and tricks on his BMX.”

“Al­though the BMX scene is a very com­pet­i­tive area to get into for be­ing a pro­fes­sional rider, due to the lack of fund­ing and the large amount of peo­ple that are good, I feel that Zane will def­i­nitely be go­ing a long way.

“At such a young age he still has plenty of time to im­prove and make his way to the top. I see a good fu­ture for Zane, be­ing the per­son he is, I think he has a lot to of­fer and should be a star in no time.”

Not only is Zane good on the bike, he is al­ways recog­nised for his abil­ity to teach younger rid­ers in the com­mu­nity.

Owner of PD Bike Works Thor Stovell met Zane through his reg­u­lar vis­its to the store to buy bike parts for his BMX.

“Par­ents al­ways come into my store and praise him be­cause he is such a great men­tor to the younger rid­ers at the Moss­man skate park,” he said.

“You can’t help but ap­pre­ci­ate what he does and he does some spec­tac­u­lar tricks, the kids are just amazed by him.

“BMX rid­ing in Aus­tralia is a very small in­dus­try and is much big­ger in the States.

“I think Zane has what it takes to go to US and Europe be­cause his rid­ing abil­ity is amaz­ing. “He lives for rid­ing.” Zane be­lieves that rid­ing his BMX is a great way to meet peo­ple and make friends and en­cour­ages oth­ers to take it up as a sport.

“I also like to help out the younger kids that ride BMX, it’s a good feel­ing when your tips and point­ers helps them to learn a cer­tain trick, and I know when I was learn­ing I loved all the ad­vice and help I could get,” he said.

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