Heute fand die letzte Etappe der Crocodile Trophy in Australien statt. Der Südafrikaner Alan Gordon holt sich den 2019 Titel mit einem Etappensieg am letzten Tag im 34km Einzelzeitfahren. Mit einer Tagessiegerzeit von 1h25:14 gewinnt er um eine Minute und sichert sich so den Gesamtsieg nach acht Etappen und einer Fahrzeit von 29h15:11,1. Die Österreicherin Angelika Tazreiter aus Althofen holt sich den verdienten Sieg bei den Damen mit einer gesamte Rennzeit von 34h02:44,8.

Michael Gordon aus Queensland ist heute vierter und verteidigt seinen gesamt zweiten Platz nach 29h28:28 (+13:16min). Der Spanier Brandan Marquez Fernandez schiebt sich noch auf den dritten Gesamtplatz vor. Bart Classens, der viermalige Etappensieger heuer wird vierter. Bram Saeys aus Belgien ist der Amateursieger und wird fünfter gesamt.

Der junge Elitefahrer Lukas Kaufmann aus Kronsdorf in Oberösterreich wird siebter bei den Eliteherren nach 31:10:06,9.

Der in Australien lebende Oberösterreicher Martin Wisata aus Ried im Innkreis gewinnt bei seiner 10. Crocodile Trophy die Amateur Altersklasse 3 der über 40-jährigen. Die einzige Amateurdame ist Monika Bayer aus Feuersbrunn in Niederösterreich und kommt in Port Douglas nach einer Rennzeit von 57h30:02,8 an.

Das große Finale der Jubiläumsausgabe der Crocodile Trophy war heute die gemeinsame Ankunft aller Finisher am Four Mile Beach im Ferienparadies Port Douglas.

Anniversary Edition ‘has everything’

The 25th Crocodile Trophy started last Saturday on 12 October 2019 in Cairns and almost 150 racers and crew from all over the World and Australia have been on the tour together – the peloton alone represented 20 different nationalities. Brendon Skerke , as of today 8-time Crocodile Trophy finisher, designed this year´s course and said that he had wanted this year’s 700km and 13,000vm stage plan to reflect his passion for this race and his enthusiasm to showcase the incredibly versatile terrains and scenery his home in Tropical North Queensland has to offer.

On day one they climbed up to the Atherton Tablelands and for the first time the event will stopped at Ringer’s Rest Function Venue and Wondecla for two nights each. The race then moved to the Mareeba region with two nights at Skybury Tropical Plantation before finishing at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, a memorable experience for racers and crew. After spending the night at Hartley’s with the crocs and many other native Australian animals, the final stage was today’s short but challenging 34 km time trial. The racers will be released in reverse order of the general classification.

Race founder Gerhard Schönbacher said today that he was impressed with the performance of all Crocodile Trophy finishers and proud of the achievements of his crew throughout the past two weeks. He said that he rode sections of each stage each day himself and that for the first time in 25 years he himself felt the true spirit of his event, “With the crew we assembled this year, finally after 25 years I could experience this event like every racer should – not just as an organiser in a four wheel drive car. I truly enjoy riding my bike here every day, not because I want to go fast but because on your bike out here you get such an incredibly intense sense of your surrounds, you cannot compare this feeling to anything… and you can´t even explain it.”

Schönbacher added that the Port Douglas stage meant a lot to him as it was raced in memory of a great personal friend, local supporter and mentor for the Crocodile Trophy event, “The final stage has been a time trial since 2014, and since last year the stage has been dedicated to Greg Parr, who lost his battle with cancer last year. Greg had been involved with the Croc for years, and participated numerous times with his wife who joins us today as well.”

The Hon Kate Jones,  Minister for Tourism Industry Development, said that it was wonderful how the Crocodile Trophy welcomed national and so many international competitors, “Regional events like this play an important role in driving visitors to the region which support local jobs. The Queensland Government is proud to support this event through Tourism and Events  Queensland. Congratulations to the event organisers and all those involved in delivering the event.” She said that it was unique that this race offered riders a unique Queensland experience through rainforest trails and bushland, where no two days were the same.

The Crocodile Trophy will kick off the next chapter of it´s history when it returns to Tropical North Queensland from 17-24 October 2020.


Results | Category Winners

  • 2019 Champion & Elite Men’s Category Winner: Alan Gordon (SAF)
  • 2019 Female Elite Winner: Angelika Tazreiter (AUT)
  • 2019 Amateur Champion: Bram Saeys (BEL)
  • 2019 Female Amateur Winner: Monika Bayer (AUT)

Click here for more 2019 rider statements from Port Douglas…

Top category results:

Elite Men:

  1. Alan Gordon (SAF) | Insect Science Pro | 29:15:11,1
  2. Michael England (Gladstone, QLD, AUS) | Multitrade Building Hire | 29:28:28,0 +00:13:16
  3. Brandan Marquez Fernandez (ESP) | Tres Lunas Valdeorras | 29:28:54,4 +00:13:43
  4. Bart Classens (NED) | ThijsHendriks.nl – Bikesight | 29:29:13,6 +00:14:02
  5. Stijn Van Boxstael (BEL) | Individueel | 30:19:00,9 +01:03:49

Elite Women:

  1. Angelika Tazreiter (Lower Austria, AUT) | KTM MTB Factory Team | 34:02:44,8 +04:47:33

Amateur Men 2 (30+ years):

  1. Bram Saeys (BEL) | Trust mtb team vzw | 30:44:36,0 +01:29:24
  2. Nathan Sandford (Cairns, AUS) | 33:22:57,7 +04:07:46
  3. Sean Hall (Mount Larcom, QLD, AUS) | 34:57:39,4 +05:42:28
  4. Vince Marcel (Mareeba, QLD, AUS) | 35:46:40,1 +06:31:29
  5. Maarten Gofflo (BEL) | Tandjen By MF | 37:23:11,0 +08:07:59

Amateur Men 3 (40+ years):

  1. Martin Wisata (Ried im Innkreis AUT, Central Coast NSW, AUS) | Il Pastaio Rocky Trail Racing | 36:06:25,3 +06:51:14
  2. Daniel Beresford (Wagga Wagga, NSW, AUS) | Blackchrome Racing | 37:37:59,3 +08:22:48
  3. Peter Reis (Piding, Bavaria, GER) | Radsport Zellner | 37:39:42,2 +08:24:31
  4. Markus Beck (Bad Reichenhall, Bayern, GER) | Bike Friends Salzburg-ASKÖ | 38:34:07,9 +09:18:56
  5. Jakob Steen-Petersen (DEN) | Holte MTB Klub | 39:21:42,1 +10:06:31

Amateur Men 4 (50+ years):

  1. Hans Planckaert (BEL) | Rotwild-Agu Racing Team | 34:09:35,0 +04:54:23
  2. Graeme Young (Wellington, NZL) | 35:04:19,2 +05:49:08
  3. René Vallée (FRA) | LA FORESTIERE | 36:56:05,7 +07:40:54
  4. Olaf Trenner (SUI) | Trenner der Renner | 38:23:32,6 +09:08:21
  5. Adolfo Buratovich (ARG) | Gili Bike | 41:23:26,3 +12:08:15

Amateur Men 5 (60+ years):

  1. Mark Knowles (Atherton, QLD, AUS) | 39:17:50,0 +10:02:38
  2. Christoph Diener (SUI) | ULLMANN YETI | 39:35:59,0 +10:20:47
  3. Andrew Radcliffe (Central Coast, NSW, AUS) | Il Pastaio Rocky Trail Racing | 42:05:36,8 +12:50:25

Amateur Women:

  1. Monika Bayer (Feuersbrunn, Lower Austria, AUT / Bondi NSW) | 57:30:02,8 +28:14:51

Adventure Teams Overall (combined racing times):

  1. UFO – CA Master2 (ESP): Pedro Vernis de Prats & Alex Vernis de Prats | 70h13:47,80
  2. Astute Financial Racing Team – CA Master1 (Cairns, QLD, AUS): Brendon Skerke & Bart Duraj | 71h24:44,10 +01:21:16
  3. BVC cycling team – CA Master1 (BEL): Raf De Cock & Bert Apers | 77h23:46,80 +07:25:22


Photos: Regina Stanger

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Arrival in Port Douglas today.

Alan Gordon (left) and Angelika Tazreiter (centre) lead the peloton across the line in Port Douglas.

Michael England (right), Best Australian, with Bart Classens, four stage wins and points classification win.

Angelika Tazreiter (AUT) – Female winner.

Lukas Kaufmann (AUT) – Best Austrian

Croc Trophy number 10 and victory in the Amateur 3 category: Martin Wisata (AUT)

Founder Gerhard Schoenbacher at the finish of ‘his’ 25th Crocodile Trophy.



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