No fear of jun­gle ride

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - PAUL MIL­TON BUT­LER

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

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