STAGES 2018 OVERVIEW
The eight-day stage plan for 2018 will be as follows:
- Stage 1 – Smithfield – 33 km/900 m
- Stage 2 – Cairns – Lake Tinaroo – 67 (79) km/1900 (2100) m
- Stage 3 – Lake Tinaroo – Tepon Equestrian Park, Kalunga/Herberton - 100 km/2600 m
- Stage 4 – Tepon Equestrian Park – Skybury Coffee – 122 km/1450 m
- Stage 5 – Skybury –Skybury – 125 km/1100 m
- Stage 6 – Skybury – Wetherby Station – 102 km/1000 m
- Stage 7 – Wetherby – Wethervy – 78 km/1050 m
- Stage 8 – Wetherby – Port Douglas – 30 km/300 m
Stage 1 – Smithfield – 33 km
This will be a lap race on a circuit laid out at Smithfield MTB Park.
Stage 2 – Cairns – Lake Tinaroo – 79 km
Neutral ride (12km) out of town, then start with view back to Cairns towards Copperlode Dam taking the riders through dense rainforest vegetation through Dinden National Park.
Stage 3 – Lake Tinaroo – Tepon Equestrian Park, near Herberton - 100 km
Start from Lake Tinaroo and through Herberton State Forest and Mount Hypimamee National Park arriving at the Tepon Equestrian Park just outside of Herberton near a race course and air field.
Stage 4 – Kalunga – Skybury Coffee – 122 km
This stage takes riders to Skybury Coffee plantation and north toward a more tropical landscape. Riders will go through the mining country around Irvinebank and Mutchilba with finish in Skybury.
We’re staying at Skybury for two nights – there is a café with delicious coffee and pastries and cakes right at the event centre. The café veranda offers a stunning view across the tropics.
Stage 5 – Skybury Coffee Marathon – 125 km
This is a 125 km marathon with start and finish at Skybury Coffee around the Mt Mulligan region.
Stage 6 – Skybury Coffee – Wetherby Station – 102 km
Wetherby Station is the oldest operation cattle station in Australia and riders will be rewarded with juicy steaks that night for dinner! Lots of climbing through beautiful rainforests to get there.
Stage 7 – Wetherby Station Marathon – 78 km
A new circuit around Wetherby Station using the Twin Bridge Track around Black Mountain.
Stage 8 – Wetherby Station – Four Mile Beach – 30 km
An amazing final stage down the infamous Bump Track – two World Heritage listed sites characterise the stage: “Where the rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef” – a stunning finish racing towards the line on Four Mile Beach.