84 km + 1700 vm


As it has become tradition, this year’s STAGE 1 will start with a neutral ride out of Cairns. The entire 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 before 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”: The pace increases at the front, even though this is where steep dirt climbs commence for about 5 km 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 – 20 km of single track fun!

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 surrounded by open woodlands and the rocky remains of ancient volcanic activity. Here you be able to recover in the typical Australian bush setting.

Check out the Relive Video here.

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