KIND in saddle for Jungle Ride
THERE’S more reason than ever to support the Jungle Ride this year, as registrations mount for annual the Port Douglas to Cape Tribulation ride.
Local fitness legend Lesley Stephens started the ride in support of Melbourne-based Whitelion in support of youth in crisis.
Last year KIND, which was established in 2008 in the Douglas region as a not-forprofit organisation by and for local people, played a support role in the charity ride receiving $10,000 to go towards local projects.
This year KIND is running the whole event, alongside some of the ride’s core organisers from its inception, Julian (JT) Thomas, Raelene Hall and Marco Piat, on October 14, with all the proceeds to stay in the Shire.
“We want to keep all the proceeds from the event here in the shire, and it is now called the Jungle Ride for KIND,” said KIND vice-president Nadine Jones.
Starting at Port Douglas Sports Complex on Wharf street, the ride takes participants through 90kms of stunning rainforest all the way to Cape Tribulation.
Riders can choose to do 90km, 120km back to the Ferry or the full return loop to finish off an epic 180km ride.
The ride is divided into different speed groups according to ability and caters for riders of all levels from recreational to elite.
The Jungle Ride was created by Lesley Stephens to inspire everyday adults and children to step outside their comfort zones and challenge themselves all in the name of a great cause. Numbers are capped at 250.
The ride is supported by major sponsors Hemingway’s Brewery, Mandalay, Bicycle Centre Cairns and Ocean Safari, The Bike Shop Port Douglas, Central Hotel Port Douglas, Douglas Shire Council, IGA Port Douglas and Avis. To register or donate go to www.jungleride.bike
KIND has broadened its fundraising in the past few years.
A staple of the calendar has been the Melbourne Cup lunch at the Sheraton, and its trivia nights (another is coming up on Wednesday, August 16, run by K-Star at the Central Hotel).
But involvement in the Jungle Ride, and in recent times the Great Barrier Reef Marathon, reflect a wider approach. “Even though we get these big events, we still try to do the smaller events and be involved in the community,” said Mrs Jones.
There are no road closures associated with the Jungle Ride.
Whitelion riders crossing the Daintree River in 2015