Long, hard, hot. The Croc Trophy is back.

Words by chris.southwood | Images by Crocodile Trophy

The most adventurous mountain bike stage race in the world will return to its home in Tropical Far North Queensland on 20th October with the largest field of participants ever.

The Croc Trophy is more than a race. It’s an adventure through parts of Australia that most people wouldn’t even think to venture into.

This year the number of participants has almost doubled and more than 150 riders have already signed up. Also the biggest ever field of Australian Crocodile Trophy racers is expected to participate. Australian riders include Jason English, 24hr Solo World Champion and Justin Morris, best Elite Australian finisher at the Crocodile Trophy 2011.

It’s a sufferfest. An absolutely blocking.

Organisers are also excited about the largest ever female field at a Crocodile Trophy – seven female athletes will be at the start line in Cairns, including Australian triathlete and Ironman racer Kate Major.

In a first for the Croc, it will kick off on 20 October with two public race stages as part of the Crocodile Trophy MTB Festival hosted by the local Cairns MTB Club. The first stage will be a 32 km lap race at Smithfield and the second stage will be a 92 km marathon race from Cairns to Lake Tinaroo on the Atherton Tablelands. Riders are invited to sign up via links on the Crocodile Trophy or the Cairns MTB Club websites.

After the Smithfield stage, the following eight days will challenge the technical skills of participants more than ever before. Generally, the stages will be shorter, but they will include considerably more mountain bike tracks this year. Overall, the participants will ride for almost 1000 km with the longest stage covering 136 km.

 

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