Crocodile Trophy – Race Report

In October 2019, CP and Alan made the trip across to Cairns, Australia, to take part in the Crocodile Trophy, an 8-day stage race starting on the Cairns coastline.

The route made its way through rainforests and the dry open bush of the outback, covering 700km and 13000m of elevation gain to finish at the coastal town of Port Douglas. As one of the oldest MTB stage races in the world, 2019 was the event’s 25-year anniversary.

After the 8 days of racing, Alan came out on top, becoming the first South African to win the event, with CP finishing in 8th position.

Victory, however, did not come easy for Alan. Staying consistent on every stage and avoiding mechanicals throughout the 700km eventually saw him sealing the victory with a stage win on the final days’ Time Trial.

Tough conditions included extreme heat, going up to a maximum of 45 degrees. This meant that pacing yourself and fuelling smartly was of utmost importance – simply skipping a water point could prove very costly. The 8 stages provided a good mix of massive climbs, including 3200m on the Queen stage, as well as long distances – with the longest stage being 125km.

In October 2019, CP and Alan made the trip across to Cairns, Australia, to take part in the Crocodile Trophy, an 8 day Stage race starting at the coast in Cairns. The route makes its way through rainforests and the dry open bush of the outback, covering 700km and 13000m of elevation gain to finish at the coastal town of Port Douglas. 2019 was the events 25year anniversary and is one of the oldest MTB Stage races in the world.