The 25th Anniversary of the Crocodile Trophy offers a uniquely authentic eight-day Australian adventure through Tropical North Queensland’s majestic landscapes to local, national and international competitors alike. The local community has played a big role in the event’s delivery and the support by the local MTB Clubs and businesses makes a real difference to the organisation of this international event.
The event also presents a unique experience for local riders to take part in a truly international event, no other event in Australia can offer the multicultural race atmosphere. Our Operations Manager Brendon Skerke has put together a blinder of a race route this year, we showcase Cairns, the Atherton Tablelands with Ringer’s Rest Function Venue and Wondecla, the Mareeba region with Skybury and for the very first time Hartleys Crocodile Adventures will host a stage finish! The ultimate experience for our racers before finishing on the magnificent Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas!
We would like to thank all our local supporters and the Tropical North Queensland communities – here may we mention some of our key supporters:
Local community groups
- We may race on the home trails of the local Atherton MTB Club at Atherton MTB Park and the Mareeba Mountain Goats Club at Davies Creek MTB Park.
- We will stop at Wondecla Oval with thanks to the Herberton Magpies Rugby League Club.
- For our finish at Four Mile Beach in Herberton we will be hosted by the Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club & Bistro.
Local stage destinations
Stage 3+4: We will stop at Wondecla Oval with thanks to the Herberton Magpies Rugby League Club. Wondecla is located on the beautiful Atherton Tablelands, the “fruit bowl” in Tropical North Queensland.
Stage 5+6: Skybury Coffee will be the home for nights five an six – it has become one of the top visitor attractions on the Atherton Tablelands, known not only for its purest Australia Arabica Coffee, but also its breathtaking views, lovely light lunches, yummy cakes, great hospitality and the freshest fruit straight from the farm. Luscious papayas and other tropical fruit! FIND OUT MORE…
Stage 7: Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is the largest wildlife attraction in Northern Australia and continues to be a ‘must do’ for locals, Australian visitors and overseas travellers. You will finish this stage among the wildlife collection, which features Koalas, Wombats, Alligators, Komodo dragons, predatory birds, exotic snakes and reptiles. FIND OUT MORE…
- STAGE PLAN…
- BLOG: Understanding the 2019 race route
- BLOG: Croc destionation Ringers Rest
- BLOG: Croc destination Skybury Tropical Plantation
- BLOG: Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures – Where the Croc racers meet the crocs
Whilst the Croc has contributed to the tourism economy of Tropical North Queensland over the years through visitor nights generated and the international and national promotional campaigns spreading the word about the region as a cycling destination, the operational and logistics suppliers have been sourced from local businesses, including tourism and agricultural operators as well as service providers – more than $115,000 was spent in the region in 2018, covering accommodation, food and logistics expenses.
Northern Performance Motor Cycles: this local business will be supplying the support crew with the 2 x CF Moto UTV’s (side-by-side “buggies”) needed to provide on-course transport for the critically important medical staff and media staff. FIND OUT MORE…
Discovery Cycles: provide eBikes for our marshals – the Sweep / Marshal Team will consist of 5 riders, plus one 4×4 support vehicle to ensure each rider gets to camp safely, collecting all of the signs, closing gates and any collecting any discarded rubbish or bottles.
Cairns Woodworking Guild: this local club will be crafting our 2019 Anniversary Crocodile Trophy bases for us! It was lovely to meet the talented members Wally, John and Monty in person and we are looking forward to presenting these trophies to our winners and finishers this year!
Meteor Cairns: we source vehicles for the organisation, including logistics and operations teams locally.
Steve Jones Structural Therapy: This year we have organized local structural body therapists Steve and Lisa to provide a body management and massage service. With a tough course it’s expected these guys are going to be booked out quick.
Ulysses Coffee: this local family owned and operated Mobile Coffee Service is based in Kairi, providing Atherton and surrounds with freshly brewed coffee direct to a variety of businesses. This year they will serve delicious Skybury Coffee to the Crocodile Trophy camp!