Crocodile Trophy 2019: 25th Crocodile Trophy starts this Saturday in Cairns pubblicato il 11/10/2019

25th Crocodile Trophy starts this Saturday in Cairns

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G'day from Cairns!

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.

LINK: First interviews and media release (10/10/2019)
GER:

G'day aus Cairns!

Die 25. Crocodile Trophy started diesen Samstag in Cairns und mehr als 100 Rennteilnehmer kommen in diesen Stunden im tropischen Norden von Queensland an um bei der Jubiläumsausgabe dieses legendären Etappenrennens teilzunehmen.

Der heurige Etappenplan wurde vom sieben-maligen Finisher Brendon Skerke aus Cairns zusammengestellt, der heute sagte die Rennstrecke sei eine Homage an die Heimat des Rennens in Australien.


Mit Rennstart in Cairns am 12. Oktober 2019 wird die 25. Crocodile Trophy in spektaulärer Manier die tropische Region in und um die Urlaubsmetropole Cairns zur Schau stellen: gleich am ersten Tag geht es auf die Atherton Hochebene und zum erstem Mal macht man beim Ringer´s Rest Camp und in verträumten Städtchen Wondecla Halt. Die Skybury Kaffeeplantage wird am fünften Tag angefahren und nach einem Marathon in der Mareeba Region wird der Peloton zum ersten Mal bei Hartley´s Crocodile Adventures ankommen - eine Touristenattraktion und Krokodilfarm! Die Zielankunft gibt es dann nächsten Samstag, 19. Oktober 2019 am Four Mile Beach in Port Douglas.

Die Rennteilnehmer kommen aus 20 verschiedenen Ländern - unter ihnen fünf deutsche Rennfahrer und auch fünf Österreicher. Unter ihnen die Österreichische Marathonstaatsmeisterin Angelika Tazreiter und Lukas Kaufmann aus Oberösterreich, die als Favoriten für die Gesamtsiege gehandelt werden. Der Niederösterreicher Felix Vogler und die Wahlaustralierin Monika Bayer fahren in der Amateurklasse. Der dritte Oberösterreicher im Bunde ist Martin Wisata aus Ried im Innkreis, der heuer schon zum 10. Mal am Start der Crocodile Trophy steht.

Mit einem täglichen Streckendurchschnitt von 88km wird die längste Etappe 125km lang sein und die kürzeste wird das Zeitfahren am achten Tag sein. Die Königsetappe ist die Marathon am vierten Tag mit 3.200 Höhenmetern.


LINK: Erste Stimmen aus dem Fahrerlager und Pressebericht (10/10/2019)

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”


 
Official Event Programme, Rider List, Results

The official event programme includes detailed stage maps and descriptions.


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PHOTOS BY REGINA STANGER
 
Lukas Kaufmann (AUT) getting used to hot conditions in Cairns.
10th Crocodile Trophy for Martin Wisata (AUT), front
Godfather of the anniversary stage plan: Brendon Skerke (AUS) from Cairns, Operations Manager and seven-time finisher of the Crocodile Trophy
Third Crocodile Trophy for Daniel Beresford, here finishing as the fastest Australian in 2017 (left).
 
 
PHOTOS BY REGINA STANGER
Images may be used free of charge in print and online for coverage in relation to this media release and the Crocodile Trophy event with photo credits. Click images above to download high-res file.
A wider selection of images is available via the following Dropbox Download Link - contact media@croc.at for more specific images.

>>> LINK TO DROPBOX MEDIA PHOTO PORTAL...


VIDEOS
Daily highlights will be published on our website and via our YouTube Channel and those will also be available for download from Dropbox. We will produce a 30-minute highlight race documentary for 2019 - to obtain a copy of the Final Event film and script, please contact us via media@croc.at

>>> LINK TO DROPBOX MEDIA VIDEO PORTAL...

>>> Crocodile Trophy YOUTUBE CHANNEL... 



STAGE PLAN 2019
This is the Anniversary Stage Plan:

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”



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Local community & the Crocodile Trophy

The 25th Anniversary of the Crocodile Trophy offers a uniquely authentic eight-day Australian adventure through Tropical North Queensland’s majestic landscapes to local, national and international competitors alike. The local community has played a big role in the event’s delivery and the support by the local MTB Clubs and businesses makes a real difference to the organisation of this international event.

Whilst the Croc has contributed to the tourism economy of TNQ over the years through visitor nights generated and the operational and logistics suppliers have been sourced from local businesses, including tourism and agricultural operators as well as service providers – more than $115,000 was spent in the region in 2018, covering accommodation, food and logistics expenses.


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Stage 1+2: Ringer's Rest

We will start on the picturesque Esplanade right in the heart of Cairns. For the first time the Ringers Rest Function Venue and camp will host the Crocodile Trophy for two nights, offering an authentic stay in the Australian bush.

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Stage 3+4: Wondecla

We are staying at the local Herberton Magpies Rugby Leagues Club's oval. The local community has played a big role in the event’s delivery and the support by the local MTB Clubs and businesses makes a real difference to the organisation of this international event. We love promoting the Tropical North Queensland region as a cycling destination! We also contribute to the local economy by engaging local suppliers for our operational and logistics requirements, including tourism and agricultural operators as well as service providers – more than $115,000 was spent in the region in 2018.

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Stage 5+6: Skybury Tropical Plantation

Our Croc racers will be able to immerse themselves in the full Skybury experience with a stay at the 470 acre property, enjoying the purest Australian Arabica Coffee, while taking in the breathtaking views, delicious light lunches and cakes, great hospitality and the freshest fruit from the farm at the Skybury Cafe and Roastery.

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Stage 7+8: Hartley's Crocodile Adventures

Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is the largest wildlife attraction in Northern Australia and continues to be a ‘must do’ for locals, Australian visitors and overseas travellers. For the first time this iconic attraction will host a stage finish of the Crocodile Trophy – what better way to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of our race than making a stop-over at Hartley’s on the last night of this year’s event?!?

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CROC ELEMENTS: 3-day supporting race

243 km | 2,900 vm | 3 days 
The new “Croc Elements” supporting event invites riders to experience the true essence of the “big Croc” as it shows of all the elements that make up this legendary event on its final three days: these participants can fly into Cairns mid-week and with shuttle services and hotel packages offered, they will be transferred to meet the peloton at Skybury Coffee for a marathon circuit on day six, then race to Hartley’s Croodile Adventures and finish with everyone on Four Mile Beach.


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A Message from the Minister
The Hon Kate Jones MP

Welcome to the Crocodile Trophy - the world’s oldest and most iconic mountain bike race in the heart of Tropical North Queensland. It’s wonderful to be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of this event which welcomes national and international competitors.

This race offers riders a unique Queensland experience through rainforest trails and
bushland, where no two days are the same. Regional events like this play an important role in driving visitors to the region which support local jobs The Queensland Government is proud to support this event through Tourism and Events Queensland.

Congratulations to the event organisers and all those involved in delivering the event. I
encourage visitors to explore Tropical North Queensland while here and come away with some great memories.

The Hon Kate Jones MP, Minister for Tourism Industry Development



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