25th Crocodile Trophy starts this Saturday in Cairns

25th Crocodile Trophy starts this Saturday in Cairns

10.10.2019: The 25th Crocodile Trophy starts this Saturday in Cairns and over 100 race participants have started to arrive in Tropical North Queensland for the Anniversary Edition of this iconic event.

The 25th Crocodile Trophy starts this Saturday in Cairns and over 100 race participants have started to arrive in Tropical North Queensland for the Anniversary Edition of this iconic event.



Local Cairns mountain biker and seven-time race finisher Brendon Skerke designed the Anniversary race route and said today that this year's stage plan will be a celebration of this legendary stage race’s history over the last quarter of a century and an homage to the land it calls home: Australia.



With the start in Cairns on Saturday, 12 October 2019 it will spectacularly showcase the magnificent Tropical North Queensland region: the racers start in Cairns and climb up to the Atherton Tablelands and for the first time the event will stop there at Ringer’s Rest Function Venue and Wondecla for two nights each.



The race then moves to the Mareeba region mid next week with two nights at Skybury Tropical Plantation and for the very first time Hartley's Crocodile Adventures will host a stage finish on Friday! The ultimate experience for the racers from all over the World before finishing on the magnificent Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas on Saturday, 19th October!



The race participants represent 20 different nationalities and one third of them are from Australia, including 2017 Fastest Australian and amateur racer Daniel Beresford from Wagga Wagga. Michael England from Gladstone in QLD is the only local Elite rider; the former professional road cyclist represented Australia at the Marathon World Champions in 2015 and 2017 and says the Croc had always been on his bucket list.



 International race favourites include Lukas Kaufmann from Austria, Bart Classens from the Netherlands and the Belgian Stijn Van Boxstael. The only Elite female is the Austrian National Marathon Champion Angelika Tazreiter who will compete for the overall title against fellow Austrian amateur racer Monika Bayer, who has been living in Australia.



With a daily average of 88km, this year’s longest stage will be 125 km long and the shortest stage will be a 34 km time trial. The Queen Stage is on day four with 3,200m of climbing.



Results can be found HERE



700 km | 13,000 vm | 8 days


STAGE 1 – Saturday 12 October | Cairns – Ringers Rest (80 km / 2100 vm)
STAGE 2 – Sunday 13 October | Ringers Rest – Ringers Rest (76 km / 1900 vm)
STAGE 3 – Monday 14 October | Ringers Rest – Wondecla (74 km / 1700 vm)
STAGE 4 – Tuesday 15 October | Wondecla – Wondecla (98 km / 3200 vm) “Queen Stage”
STAGE 5 – Wednesday 16 October | Wondecla – Skybury (120 km / 1600 vm)
STAGE 6 – Thursday 17 October | Skybury – Skybury (125 km / 1200 vm)
STAGE 7 – Friday 18 October | Skybury – Hartley’s Croc Adventures (84 km / 800 vm)
STAGE 8 – Saturday 19 October | Hartley’s Croc Adventures – Port Douglas (34 km / 900 vm) “Greg Parr Stage”






- Juliane Wisata,  photos Regina Stanger

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