12 Aug 2018

When your four-day race finishes right on the sands of one of Australia's most internationally renowned beaches, you are officially winning.

5am – Early start for the transfer for the finish to the start at Wetherby Station up on top of the range.

We’d like to say this is how we arrived at the race start. But we actually caught the bus.

8am – Warm up completed and quick sighting of the first few kilometres and its intro the race chute to wait for the start. 

9am – The first outback loop of the day takes is through some dry and snakey red rock with some steep punches to sort everyone out. We get a small gap but it comes back together as we ride back through Wetherby Station. Our sighting run of the Bump Track pays off and we ride out our own pace to get a gap and shred down steeper section and towards port Douglas.

Boosting into the Bump Track.
Wet socks dry fast up here.
Blasting past bemused beach loungers.

945am – We are on the final stretch down Four Mile Beach and Trekky is gassing it. Time to sit on and enjoy the run along the sands and into the finish line. It’s an amazing spot to finish a mountain bike race. 

11am – Bikes are washed, shakes had and it’s time for a quick dip in the pool.

12pm – Lunch time and laughs with the Shimano crew. 

The race finish, just metres from the beer taps of the surf club.

130pm – Great time to catch up with some cairns legends and have a couple of well earned XXXX. 

230pm – Presentation time and there are certainly some relived faces in the crowd. Locals everywhere and great to catch up with some of the finest folks around.

Sizzling hot alright.

4pm – Airport bound with Tim Bardsley-Smith, Anthony Shippard and Moderate Mike. 

530pm – Checked in at Cairns airport and time to chill out and think about what the next adventure might be. 

Do we have to go back to the cold?

630pm – Time to have a nap on the flight back to Sydney and prepare for work tomorrow and spending some much needed time with my awesome wife Alyce and kids. They are awesome letting me escape on bike adventures.