Tourism Tropical North Queensland has relaunched the Ride Cairns website to help spectators and competitors in the 2017 UCI World Mountain Bike Championships prepare for their trip to Cairns.
Director of Business and Tourism Events Rosie Douglas said more than 20,000 people would arrive in the city for the event on September 5-10 and would be wanting to know where to go mountain biking and cycling and what else there was to do in the region.
“Great new images and updated information on trails, destinations, events and riding in our region can be found at www.ridecairns.com giving a comprehensive guide to riding in the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef destination,” she said.
“The destination of choice for those who love to ride for sport or for fun, Cairns & Great Barrier Reef has more than 700km of documented trails where you can explore ancient tropical rainforest, ride along the edge of the waters of the Great Barrier Reef or cycle through the outback.”
Cairns & Great Barrier Reef riding hubs:
Cairns and Northern Beaches – Cairns is a world-class mountain biking destination with the 2017 UCI World Mountain Bike Championships to be held at Smithfield Conservation Park, just a 20-minute drive from Cairns Airport. The city and its northern beaches also boast a great network of cycling trails taking in key attractions, while the Captain Cook Highway is a popular training route for major events.
Atherton Tablelands – The intimate, friendly towns of the Atherton Tablelands are the perfect base for exploring this picturesque destination of crater lakes, waterfalls and farms with only your bike for transport. Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park has an exciting network of mountain biking trails for all abilities.
Mareeba – Near Mareeba is the Davies Creek Mountain Bike Park, a Tropical North Queensland wilderness experience just a 40-minute drive from Cairns but a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Here you can end your ride with a cool swim in Davies Creek.
Port Douglas & Daintree – Some of the region’s most gruelling mountain bike trails can be found in the Port Douglas and Daintree region which is home to the world’s oldest, toughest, and most adventurous race, the Crocodile Trophy and the iconic RRR Mountain Bike Challenge. For a leisurely ride, try spectacular Four Mile Beach and the cycle paths around the resort town of Port Douglas.
Cassowary Coast – Boasting rainforest mountain bike trails with beautiful creek crossings and waterfalls where you can stop for a dip, the Cassowary Coast is in the heart of the World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest. Families will enjoy riding along Mission Beach, a 10km stretch of sand overlooking Dunk Island.