Welcome to the jungle
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 email@example.com 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