Mountain Bikes da Cairns a Cooktown dal 19 al 27 ottobre per il Crocodile Trophy.
Più di 8o partecipanti da tutto il mondo per la più antica gara di mountain Bike in Australia per il 19.m o Crocodile Trophy. La patenza a Cairns il 19 ottobre. Il perscorso si snoda per 900 chilometri e sviluppa un dislivello di 15.000 metri attaversando l’incredibile paesaggio del Queenland’s Tropical North, percorrendo le più remote e affascinanti località dell’outback australiano.
In questi due decenni il Crocodile Trophy è stato riconosciuto come il più vecchio, duro e avventuroso stage di Mtb al mondo. Per alcuni riders è la corsa della vita e per tutti una indimenticabile avventura.
Non solo i riders elite sogneranno di essere primi al traguardo per 9 lunghi giorni: pedalare gli ultimi metri verso il traguardo di Grass Hill a Cooktown davanti a tutti e alzare la braccia al cielo in segno di vittoria!
Cairns – Cooktown / 19 – 27 October 2013
World’s oldest mountain bike stage race summons adventurers in Australia for 19th Crocodile Trophy
More than 80 participants from all over the world are expected to compete in the 19th edition of the International Crocodile Trophy Stage Race with start in Cairns on 19th October. They will race for 900km from Cairns to Cooktown and cover 15,000m of elevation through the incredible landscape of Queensland’s Tropical North, travelling through some of the most remote and fascinating locations in the Australian Outback.
Over the last two decades the Crocodile Trophy has become known as the oldest, hardest and most adventurous mountain bike stage race in the world. For some riders it is the challenge of a lifetime and for everyone an unforgettable adventure.
Canadian Wallace down under to tackle 24H Solo Worlds and Croc.
The Canadian pro-mountain bike racer Cory Wallace will be at the start line in Cairns for the third time this year. “I want to use my experiences from the last couple of years at the Croc to have a smart race and stay out of trouble”, said Wallace as he arrived in Australia this week. With two fifth places in 2010 and 2012 and an incredible racing season 2013, the Canadian National Marathon Champion and TransRockies stage winner and overall runner-up is one of the clear favourites for this year’s 19th Crocodile Trophy. In an intense racing programme over the past few months the 29-year old won the Mongolia Challenge stage race as well as the Otaki 120, Japan’s Premier MTB Marathon and will compete in the 24 Hour Solo World Championships in Canberra this weekend. Wallace added that he had confidence in his form, “When the opportunities arise I will try to make the most of them.”
Another major contender will be last year’s overall third at the Crocodile Trophy and experienced marathon and mountain bike stage racer, Wolfgang Krenn from Austria. Among the Australian contingent of riders will be last year’s fastest Australian, Steve Rankine from Mossman near Cairns as well as five riders racing under the Amy Gillett Foundation banner.
The Crocodile Trophy will kick off with a lap race at the World Cup trails in Smithfield with the Cairns Mountain Bike Club on 19 October, before heading towards the Atherton Tablelands and into the Outback. The finish will again be on top of Grassy Hill in Cooktown on 27 October. Fore more event information, visit www.crocodile-trophy.com
Canadian National Marathon Champion Cory Wallace is ready to tackle the “Croc” for the third time and to take advantage from his racing experience in the Australian Outback from previous years.
Not only the elite riders will dream of this moment for 9 long days: to climb up the last few steps towards the finish line on Grassy Hill in Cooktown, like Cory Wallace here in 2012.
Major contender for Crocodile Trophy 2013 title, Wolfgang Krenn from Austria says, “I know that a lot can happen during nine days and especially at the Croc. I’ll race hard and we’ll see if it all works out after 1000 km in the saddle.”
Photos credit by Regina Stanger/Crocodile Trophy