Countdown to Cairns #3: The World Cup Cross Country Course

Words by Flow, Cycling Australia | Images by Tim Bardsley-Smith

Not long now until the world’s downhill and cross country racers head into the Cairns jungle for the World Cup, in the last week of April.

So let’s take a look at this incredible unique and challenging XCO course, Jenni King and World XC Eliminator Champ Paul van der Ploeg take us through it.

 

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A myriad of line options, and ‘A and B’ sections will open up the racing to passing and overtaking.

 

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The higher you get, the steeper the terrain in Cairns.

 

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Many benched in sections of trail carry the flowing singletrack through ultra rugged terrain.

 

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Expect to see the racers letting out some flair and style from one of the many jumps and natural kickers all through the track.

 

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A rock garden that a World Champ has to walk down? Yikes.

 

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This section dubbed ‘The Croc Slide’ is so ridiculously steep.

 

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Descending Jacob’s Ladder, named after the original and returned trail designer, Glen Jacobs.

 

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Steep? Yes!

 

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