The first Crocodile Trophy took place in 1995 and here is footage from this epic race from Darwin to Palm Cove. The event included 17 stages and 2,556 km and the legendary stage plan was based along the “Carpentaria Highway” (Nr. 1). The longest stage was 243 km and on seven days the racers covered more than 200 km.
There were countless river crossings as you’d imagine and a lot were up to one and a half meters deep – with some of the rivers known for having crocodiles. For rider safety the organisers placed cars along the river crossings with running motors to chase away the crocodiles!
There were 58 racers who took on the challenge, including the Austrian Harald Maier who had placed fifth in the 1985 Road World Championships and the Belgian Cyclo Cross World Champion Danny De Bie as well as his borther Rudi.
Those three racers dominated the entire race throughout the almost three weeks and the Austrian Harald Maier won the first Crocodile Trophy ahead of Rudi De Bie.
Even though those three racers had raced many World Cups as well as the Tour de France, they all agreed after that first edition of the Crocodile Trophy that what they had just completed was the hardest cycling race in the World!
See for yourself!