02 Apr 2014

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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