Reef to Reef MTB, Jonny Odams’ Rider Diary – Day 3

6am – All too familiar alarms goes off. No mucking around, breakfast, coffee and race bag sorted and we are off on the rally road to Mount Molloy. Trekky pretends the Pajero is a go kart. We arrive early.

715am – Warm up done properly today and we briefly chat on what is likely to happen during today’s stage.

The historic Mt Molloy crematorium.

8am – Race starts and it’s flat out along open dirt roads and double tracks around cane fields and through some creeks. The loop is broken up with some fast rough singletrack which is a blast to ride (I snuck on the front for that bit).

1030am – 66km covered at an average of 29km/h or there abouts. It was a fast day and we swapped turns with Masters combo of Rohan and Brad. We roll over the line on their wheels. Smiles all round.

“I’m sorry sir, Queensland law forbids us from serving you till you shave that moustache and put on some sensible pants.”

11am – We visit Mt Molloy’s best and only cafe. Strawberry Milkshakes. We route plan the way to the Bump Track for the roll home.

12pm – Race presentation occurs and we roll off to for a cool down and reco spin. Decision is made to do a recon down the Bump Track which is the most part of tomorrow’s stage, I feel like we are doing this so I don’t kill both of us tomorrow in race mode. It was a good call.

At the top of the Bump Track, getting ready for some brake cooking action.

1pm – Post race adventure down the Bump Track takes us to a cane field. Where we use all our navigational skills (none) to make the ride home even longer. 20km from home and we had both had enough, but we tap it out in prompt fashion.

The classic look of a lost cyclist.

230pm – Riding done and make it back to the hotel. Straight to the pool for a cool down and get rehydrated.

530pm – It appears Mexican is the choice for dinner, shower up and we are off for some much needed carb refuelling for tomorrow’s final stage from Wetherby Station back to Port Douglas beach.

When you’re three days into a stage race, and you’ve just ridden 66km at full pace, getting lost and adding another 20km+ to your day is not ideal.

6pm – Port Douglas actually has North Queensland best Mexican. Winning.

A shot of tequila to end the day. Olé!

7pm – Dinner with a shot of Tequila was well earnt today. Quick stop by the supermarket and we get ready for a movie and some relaxation.

8pm – Lounge time.

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