CAIRNS – RINGERS REST
SAT 16.10.2021 | 80 km + 1934 vm
Stage 1 is a 80 km marathon and offers 1934 vm of climbing – as it has become tradition, this year’s race will start with a neutral ride out of Cairns. The entire Crocodile Trophy peloton will start on the Esplanade in the heart of the City to cheers of spectators from all over the world with a neutral ride on the iconic Lake Morris Road.
After the official start it will be an 8.4km bitumen climb, averaging 6% gradient through lush rainforest be- fore taking a breather on the rolling hills to the Copperlode Dam, Cairns’ main water supply. After crossing the Copperlode Dam Wall the “real race starts”, so many former Croc racers have told us. The pace increases at the front, even though this is where steep dirt climbs commence for about 5km through beautiful and dense rainforest vegetation with sections of up to 35% gradient. By now you’ll be already fully immersed into “Croc-Trophy-country” – rolling hills with some fun fast dirt descents and a couple of creek crossings are on the menu before we enter the Davies Creek Mountain Bike Park. The next 20 km of fun, fast flowing purpose built single trail by the awesome crew of the Mareeba Mountain Goats! Exiting the MTB Park you’re on your first home stretch, traveling along the water channel and smooth dirt roads to the Finish at Ringers Rest, your home for the next two nights.
Ringers Rest is nestled in the Mareeba valley of the Cairns Highlands. It is surrounded by open woodlands and the rocky remains of ancient volcanic activity. Here you be able to recover in the typical Australian bush setting. Surrounding our camp are relics from the past, old cattle yards, a traditional bush kitchen, native wildlife, farm animals and a campfire to relax by, all creating an authentic portrayal of life in the Australian bush and a place to recover from a day in the saddle. As the sun sets and illuminates the evening sky with a vast array of colours and patterns settle down at the dinner table and refuel your body with nutritious and delicious food from the region and enjoy a chat with your fellow Croc mates.