Racing: The Tablelands Classic XCM, Atherton

Words by Cycling Australia | Images by Cycling Australia

With the second round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup taking place in Cairns, what better way to make a complete weekend of two-wheeled fun other than also racing your bike also.

WHAT

Cross Country Marathon – XCM – A cross country format event utilising a point-to-point or three lap course of between 60 and 100km in length. Variations to course length may be allowed at the discretion of the event commissaire… like if it rains or pours, or is insanely hot.

WHERE

Up on the tablelands behind Cairns is the thriving township of Atherton.

The Atherton Tablelands landscape range from extinct volcanoes and crater lakes; bird and wildlife rich forests and National Parks; peaceful dairy and cropping farms and charming towns and villages.

In amongst all this is Australia’s most exciting mountain bike development and over the next five years over 90km of singletrack will go into this area, all within a short spin of Atherton’s amazing coffee. It’s sort of jungle, it’s sort of high country and bushland, it’s sort of unbelievably good.

You would expect the locals to want to keep this place a secret but they are some of the friendliest, welcoming people on the planet.

EXPECT

To pack the family for a tropical holiday, bring the sun hat and the picnic blanket for a day at the races watching the big dogs of international mountain biking go round and race your bike on world class trails 90 minutes up the road. Sound like a plan?

COURSE

The Atherton Marathon course will give riders a taste of an up and coming mountain bike region, home to a wealth of mountain bike trails. A three lap course so you can high five your kids more, this is a World Trail masterpiece. We’ve minimised the climbing because it might be steamy.

The Atherton course embodies the true marathon mountain bike experience, while at the same time sharing the iconic rainforest with riders.

STAY FOR THE WORLD CUP

Twenty years ago in 1996, Cairns hosted the Mountain Bike World Championships, and this April – the world stage of mountain biking returns to the tropics with Round 2 of the 2014 UCI World Cup series to be held in Cairns April 25, 26 and 27.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

You can be there to witness the fastest riders in the world strut their stuff. Pre sale tickets are now on sale. Those who purchase a ticket before April 1, go into the draw to win four VIP passes and a jersey signed by all the #Cairns2014 winners. Tickets will also be available to purchase at the gate.

BOOK YOUR TRAVEL TODAY!

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