No fear of jungle ride
IF EIGHT-YEAR-OLD Maddy Hardy can saddle up for the WhiteLion Jungle Ride from Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation then anyone can.
Maddy will join dad Gavin on the annual charity ride, which consists of a 90km trip to Cape Tribulation or 180km return ride.
“She’s just a normal, happy eight-year-old girl who likes to get out on her bike like a lot of other kids and so we thought this would be a good adventure for her,” Mr Hardy said.
“Of course we will be going with her and with a number of stops along the way she should be able to cover a large section of it and have a lot of fun doing it too.
“She just loves riding and has already completed a number of rides up to 30km and so she really is looking forward to this adventure.”
Bike riders who want to compete in the WhiteLion Jungle Ride on Saturday, October 29, need to register by next Tuesday.
Event organiser Lesley Stephens said that many other youngsters are also going to compete in the ride.
“We have 90 people registered so far from many age groups and skill levels which is wonderful, and for anyone else keen to join in they better be quick and register,” she said.
“And to show how much support many local businesses give us and donate many wonderful prizes, this year PD Bike Hire and PD Bikeworks has offered to give competitors free safety checks before they hit the road.”
Riders will have the option of being transported back from Cape Tribulation to the Port Douglas Surf Club.
At the conclusion of the ride there will be a barbecue at the surf club where the many prizes on offer will be drawn and all registered participants will go into the draw.
The ride is fully supported and participants will be supplied with food and drinks along the way.
Lead and support vehicles will accompany each group and riders will be divided into selfseeding groups with a support pack leader for each of the four groups.
The ride departs at 6am from the Port Douglas Surf Club with groups departing at five-minute intervals.
Registration fee is $85 which includes a commemorative T-shirt, a day you’ll never forget and an opportunity to support WhiteLion and have a lot of fun while doing it and see some amazing country.
To register go to www. whitelion.org.au and click on events and then under Jungle Ride follow links. THE Douglas Shire Motor Sports Association ran another successful Junior Motorkhana and Khanacross at the Reef and Rainforest Track last Sunday.
Six juniors lined up in the Club car with Archie Irwin and Jai Phillips showing no signs of nerves despite competing for the very first time.
The fastest driver was again Josh Coulson who sped to the finish with an overall time of 386.94 seconds.
Kara North was second on a time of 405.21 and Jayden Farmer was third on 417.41 seconds.
Josh now leads the Junior Championship on 115 points ahead of Kara on 105 and D’rel Smith on 88.
And winning his second khanacross in a row, Steve Van der Brug showed that his Datsun 1600 was still a mean beast and finished with a time of 533.83 seconds, narrowly defeating the fast charging Ford Laser of Scott Cahill who finished three seconds slower on 536.97.
Stacie Stevensen, who had to drive the club Camry after her Hyundai broke down, finished third on a time of 572.63.
Clinton Pike and Greg Skyring had their best results to date finishing fourth and fifth respectively.
Stack of the week went to Clayton Attwood who put his Gemini on its side and into the drain - he wasn’t hurt and luckily he works for a panel beater.
With just two events remaining for the year, Stacie (100 points) has a 6-point lead over Steve (94 points) in the Khanacross Championship with 16-year-old Matt Coulson (86 points) third.The Association’s next event is on Sunday, November 5.
Winner: Steve van der Brug in action
Never too young: Maddy Hardy