Douglas Shire Council has signed up as a major sponsor of the 20th anniversary Crocodile Trophy to ensure the world-renowned mountain bike race finishes in Port Douglas on October 26.
Hundreds of riders from around the globe will participate in the gruelling nine-day stage race tackling some of the toughest terrain on the world tour before cooling their blistered heels at the finish on Four Mile Beach.
Mayor Julia Leu said the support of Council and Tourism Port Douglas Daintree encouraged organisers to finish the International Cycling Union (UCI) event in Port Douglas for the first time to celebrate its 20th anniversary.
“The Crocodile Trophy is recognised as one of the most prestigious mountain bike stage races in the world and I’m delighted organisers have chosen the Douglas Shire as the finish destination,” Mayor Leu said.
“The race has a huge following internationally and the media exposure will showcase our beautiful region to a whole new audience.
“Besides the hundreds of competitors, there is also a large support crew for the race and the economic benefits for our communities will be significant, particularly as it falls outside the peak tourism season.”
The Crocodile Trophy is the oldest stage race in the world and attracts professional and elite competitors as well as amateur racers and recreational cyclists, with more than two-thirds of entrants from overseas, predominantly Europe.
This year’s Crocodile Trophy begins with a lap stage at the Smithfield Mountain Bike Park World Cup track, stage two will be held at the Cairns Esplanade, then riders tackle the trails around Atherton as they venture towards the Outback tracks leading to Mt Mulligan before heading back east to Wetherby Station and down the Bump Track to Port Douglas.