Wel­come to the jun­gle

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - GROOVE - by DONNA-MARIE MILNE

SEVENTY-TWO years young restau­ran­teur Tony Sassi is geared up to take part in the White­lion Jun­gle Ride from Port Dou­glas to Cape Tribu­la­tion for the third con­sec­u­tive year.

And he reck­ons if he can do it, “then any­one can”.

“The event suits all riders, some are very ex­pe­ri­enced, and some are not,” he said.

“It’s not a race, you can take your own pace, and ev­ery­one is very sup­port­ive, there is a real sense of ca­ma­raderie.”

The event, now in its fourth year, gives riders the op­tion of a 90km ride to Cape Tribu­la­tion or a 180km re­turn jour­ney to Port Dou­glas.

“It’s a truly un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence,” Tony said.

“The course is tough, it’s pretty moun­tain­ous, but the sup­port helps you get over the ob­sta­cles, and it’s a great way to take in the beau­ti­ful scenery.”

Tony be­gan rid­ing in his twi­light years and has now in­cor­po­rated the sport into his busy ev­ery­day rou­tine.

“I was given an old, bat­tered road bike three years ago, which got me into ped­alling - it wasn’t up to much but got me started,” he said.

“I got a new road bike for my birthday last year which will be much bet­ter for the ride this year.

“I now pedal ev­ery day, usu­ally around 30km, and on week­ends I try to do 50km.”

The ride is fully sup­ported, with great prizes on of­fer for com­peti­tors. Those do­ing the 90km dis­tance will be trans­ported back by bus to the Port Dou­glas Surf Club, where food will be pro­vided for hun­gry riders.

The ride will take place on the Oc­to­ber 27, kick­ing off at 6am, and reg­is­tra­tions are still be­ing taken through the White Lion web­site. Visit white­lion.org.au or ev­ery­day­hero/jun­g­leride2012. Al­ter­na­tively you can call Les­ley Stephens on las56@big­pond.net.au or call 0418 792 321 for more de­tails.

Sun­rise sports pre­sen­ter Mark Beretta has signed up for this year’s event, which raises money for the White­lion char­ity to help our dis­ad­van­taged young peo­ple.

READY FOR THE JUN­GLE RIDE: restau

ranteur Tony Sassi

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