Looks like the Aussies want to try organise something as hard as the ABSA Cape.

Posted: July 11, 2013 by kirisyko in Bike, Mountain Biking
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World’s hardest mountainbike stage race returns!(Not sure about that one)

 

All 2012 participants and mountain bike fans agreed that “the 18th edition of the Crocodile Trophy was the best ever.”

The Czech racer Ivan Rybarik won the elite men’s category and the worldclass triathlete Kate Major from Australia claimed the women’s title.

The arrangements for 2013 have already been made and they hold a lot of new plans for the mountain bike stage event in the Australian Outback, which has been known as the “world’s hardest, longest, hottest and most adventurous race”.

 

Shorter stages and more trails

Almost all stages will be the same as last year with three slight changes. “The stages will stay shorter than in previous years, however, they will include considerably more mountain bike tracks again”, promises event organizer Gerhard Schönbacher. “Furthermore, a time trial will ensure more variety and a huge challenge on day six”.

After the successful finish on Grassy Hill in Cooktown last year, the spectacular landing site of the legendary Captain Cook will crown the stage race at its grand finale also in 2013. Overall, the participants will ride 855 km and more than 15,000 m in elevation.

Crocodile Trophy to host longest individual time trial in the world

After stage five from Mt. Mulligan to Adams Dam with 147 km, which will be the longest stage in this year’s race, the next day on the road to the former Goldmining town of Maytown the Crocodile Trophy will set a record: racers will have to complete this distance of 97 km individually, resulting for it to be the longest time trial in the world. The eighth stage finishes in Hopevale – a small Aboriginal community and the final stage to Cooktown is the second shortest stage, but beautiful single tracks will deliver everything a mountain biker’s heart could wish for.

Favourites

Three serious candidates for the final podium have signed up already: The second in last year’s overall classification and race winner of 2008, the Czech rider Ondrej Fojtik. Wolfgang Krenn from Austria, third last year and second in 2011, said that he wants to climb the highest point of the podium in his third attempt. Not to forget the Canadian Cory Wallace, the tireless crusader who finished fourth last year. Then there is the Belgian rider Mike Mulkens who won last year his first stage in Maytown after two second overall positions in previous events – and last, but not least, the best Australian finisher in 2012, Steve Rankin. Nobody else knows the Outback like the strong Queensland rider.

New category: Team Relay

Organisers will also introduce a new exciting category for the Crocodile Trophy 2013: „The Relay Team“. A relay team will consist of three participants, where one rider of each team has to ride a day’s stage and the other two team riders go to the next camp in an official vehicle. Each rider of a relay team has to complete a minimum of one stage on a bike. A change during the stage will not be allowed.

Stages  Crocodile Trophy 2013

19. Oct. 1. stage    Cairns – Smithfield (5 laps x 6 km)     30 km /      800 hm

20. Oct. 2. stage    Cairns – Lake Tinaroo      92 km /   2.500 hm

21. Oct. 3. stage    Atherton – Irvinebank    111 km /   2.700 hm

22. Oct. 4. stage    Irvinebank – Mt. Mulligan   114 km /   1.600 hm

23. Oct. 5. stage    Mt. Mulligan – Adams Dam   147 km /   2.700 hm

24. Oct. 6. stage    Adams Dam – Maytown (ind.timetrial)    96 km /   1.400 hm

25. Oct. 7. stage    Maytown – Laura      87 km /   1.300 hm

26. Oct. 8. stage    Laura – Hopevale    122 km /   1.200 hm

27. Oct. 9. stage    Hope Vale – Cooktown        56 km /   1.100 hm

Total                   855 km/ 15.300 hm

 

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