BMX boost for top teen
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.