Rankin shakes it up
15th placing in WA’s Cape to Cape
WHILE the Croc Trophy captured local attention last week, a former competitor, Mossman endurance bike racer Steve Rankin, was off in WA, taking part for the first time in the four-day Cape to Cape race.
Much to his credit, Rankin placed 15th out of a field of 1000 riders.
“I’ve always wanted to do it but with the Croc Trophy and my other commitments I’ve never been able to, but this year I made a choice. I just wanted to have a crack at this race. “It’s got a lot of good calibre riders and it’s another good way for me to test how I’m going,” said the 35-yearold rider, who has done the Croc Trophy three times and the RRR four or five times.
It’s a hurried schedule for Rankin who backs up this Saturday for the Whitelion charity ride to Cape Tribulation.
He is the foundation of Port Douglas Bicycle Centre’s team, representing the local store which also sponsored him in the mountain bike event, Twin Bridges Tussle, on Black Mountain near Julatten a few months ago.
For Bicycle Centre owner Gavin McGinty it’s a way of putting back into the sport.
“It’s great to have a local rider for a local store as opposed to a Cairns rider, someone with Steve’s reputation and record – I’m delighted to have him on board. I look forward to doing lots of things in the future. We are major sponsors of the Whitelion and Steve will be riding for us in that. It’s a charity ride but someone has to win it.
Port Douglas Bicycle Centre has contributed a top line competition bicycle as a prize for the event, in conjunction with Port Douglas Gym. It goes to the participant who raises the most money.
Port Douglas Bicycle Hire has been a prolific sponsor and donor towards local bike events. “We like to sponsor lots of things,” said McGinty. The list includes Twin Bridges for the MTB club and the Neighbourhood Centre’s family fun day. “We’re going to get more involved in the races, with Steve,” said McGinty.
“We just trying to represent the community and the local bicycle shop,” said Rankin. “I’ve got some international races coming up as well. We’ve got new guernseys on the way. It helps get the name out there.”
Mossman rider Steve Rankin, just back from WA