Rankin shakes it up

15th plac­ing in WA’s Cape to Cape

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT - Shane Ni­chols

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.”

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Moss­man rider Steve Rankin, just back from WA

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