08 Aug 2018

The inaugural Reef to Reef MTB is here! Four days of very varied terrain, on a journey from Cairns to Port Douglas, via the tablelands. Jonny Odams, one half of a blisteringly fast team along fellow Giant Shimano rider with Brendan Johnston, will be taking us through the four days with his rider diary. Here's day 0, with racing kick off tomorrow.

4am – Alarm goes on and I’m out of bed and grabbing my things for the ride to the airport. Last minute double check of the essentials to make sure pedals, shoes, helmet are all packed. A quick bite to eat and I’m out the door.

6am – I scored a great seat on the plane and fall back asleep straight away to wake up again at 730. Winning. Coffee on board not so much of a win.

Can you feel the warmth? It’s nice to escape the southern cold. 

9am – Touch down in Cairns, car collected and I’m on the way to meet Brendan Johnston, my Giant – Shimano team mate for a pedal around Smithfield’s singletrack and some media shots once my bike is together.

11am – We are out on the famous Smithfield trails talking bike tech then moving onto some riding footage.

Media life.

1pm – Bite of lunch and a course recon for tomorrow’s time trial 20km stage – talk about trails and conditions

Fast, dry trails.

3:30pm – Riding for the day completed with an iced chocolate and some track talk. The time trial loop of 20km includes some truly steep climbing to the Alien Tree up high on the downhill track, and past the ruins of the German’s house on the north side of Smithfield. The loop finishes with the famous Jacobs ladder and caterpillar. Our favourite bit of trail is the singletrack through the first half of the course with plenty of jumps, berms and smiles to be had.

Can you imagine how this room will smell by tomorrow evening?

5:30pm – Media team chat about our riding, the Reef to Reef and how we are riding together for the first time as a pair. Lots of laughs and even a cheeky beer to round out the afternoon at the event welcome party.

7:30pm – Dinner time burgers and fries done right with mayo. Good catch up with the other riders and industry folk.

8:30pm – Drive home with an ice cream stop and supplies for the morning.

Day done.  Sleep in tomorrow morning before the stage 1 time trial kicks off for trekky and I on our Giant Anthem at 1230.