The stage plan is unique
Start in the rainforest, venture into the Australian bush,
then into the Outback and finish on the beach.
The 8 days include lush rainforest trails, and past participants say that’s where experience a tremenduous tranquillity and you can really connect with the nature around you. The competitors ride through river crossings, past thundering waterfalls and on the so iconic Australian mountain bike single tracks in remote bushland surrounds. You then venture deep into the Aussie Bush and Outback and finish on a breath-takingly beautiful beach – where the tropical rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef!
In 2017, riders from 17 countries started at the 23rd edition of the Crocodile Trophy, completing more than 660km and climbing over 10,000 meters of elevation in eight days.
Leading the race from day one and the Champion across the line in Port Douglas was the Canadian elite rider Leandre Bouchard. His fellow Canadian Haley Smith won the female title. In the strongest amateur field of the race’s history and with a stage win on day five the ex-road pro and four-time Tour de France stage winner Erik Dekker from the Netherlands took out the third place overall and the Amateur race title.
The event is a unique experience and as a finisher of this event you become part of a very exclusive group of cyclists in the world who call themselves “Croc family”. Whilst the event offers hotel accommodation packages as well camping in the event centre, the racers get to know each other well, sharing their stories from the day’s racing at the communal tables after each day in the saddle and often long into the evenings, sitting under the grand Australian night skies, countless stars spread across the vast firmament above.