The night rid­ers

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

EX­TREME bike rid­ing is more than a hobby for Johnny Ri­ley, who is start­ing his own busi­ness head­ing down the Bump Track - at night.

The bik­ing en­thu­si­ast and adrenalin junkie used to run a sim­i­lar tour sev­eral years ago and de­cided to re­vive the con­cept as Hike and Bike Ad­ven­ture Tours.

The tour starts with a drive up to Black Moun­tain Rd in Ju­lat­ten just af­ter sun­set and a 1km warmup ride to the Bump Track be­fore de­scend­ing down the his­toric trail.

“It’s just a real ad­ven­ture go­ing into the dark­ened rain­for­est with the ghoulies and boo­giemen - a lot of peo­ple will take to it be­cause there’s not many tours for peo­ple at night,” Mr Ri­ley said.

“It’s a sin­gle trail and it’s pretty much de­scend­ing the whole way down to Rob­bins Creek, which is a beau­ti­ful fresh­wa­ter clear creek we stop at to have a look at all the lit­tle fish and shrimp.

“We climb a hill out of there, then the rest is de­scend­ing and the trail be­comes quite steep so we pick up quite large speeds and fly down­hill with some big jumps.”

Ev­ery­one is wel­come to join the tour which is lim­ited to six rid­ers as long as they are fit and have ba­sic bik­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, with the top of the range gear sup­plied along with ex­pert guide Nonee O’Neil.

“It’s adrenalin plus and once you get to the bot­tom you pretty much want to go around and do it again,” Mr Ri­ley said.

“As long as you’re that sort of per­son who can han­dle a bit of ad­ven­ture.”

For more in­for­ma­tion on the tours call Johnny Ri­ley on 0416 339 420.

Photo by AN­THONY CAPOGRECO

Adren­a­line junkies: BJ O’Niel, Johnny Ri­ley and Nonee O’Niel

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