, as we know will be the venue for round 2 of the 2016 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup Series. Put in perspective - you can fly into Cairns International Airport, walk outside, get in your car and within 15 minutes be standing directly in the World-Cup venue. Not only that, as seen in Part 1
you can do so much in Cairns with such little effort or travel. The backbone for the economy in Cairns is its tourism. Nearly everyone you walk past in town is either a tourist, backpacker or foreign worker. It's no wonder it has become one of the most popular adventure destinations in Australia and beyond with a huge multitude of offerings to keep you entertained in every conceivable way.
April 2014 - Cairns received a gut punch in the form of a Tropical Cyclone days before the World-Cup, leading to the always present post-cyclone deluge of rain as racing got underway. The course (both XC & DH) become a heated topic among riders, spectators and viewers the world over as an uncontrollable situation took hold of proceedings and left riders battling to make it through to the bottom, let alone to the top of the course. That's Cairns, that's what happens when you mix tropical weather with hundreds of riders in a very short amount of time. This was in no way a damper to the success and notoriety of the event. However it served as a platform where proven to be successful in the harshest of conditions, anything in the future in better conditions would be perfection. The success of the event, in part, fell to an extremely well oiled and positive community who push to bring Mountain Biking up to speed and into the cauldron of reasons why you should visit Cairns.
With the combination of world famous tourist attractions, and international level MTB facilities right in the middle of it all, an opportunity arose to invite Troy Brosnan up to check out the region, sans wet season. Of course he accepted, with much anticipation both at the prospect of doing a stack of activities completely new to Troy, and of course the opportunity to ride and learn the World Cup DH course in the lead up to Round 2 in April. Getting a session in most days meant a fair amount of time checking out the speed of the course in the dry, quite a far cry when some sections in 2014 became slower than walking speed. Will the conditions hold up for April? Well, that's another question - but at least now he's prepared for both. "Best holiday ever"
- his words and you can see why you should visit Cairns too...
It's safe to say Cairns holds its own when pushing itself to be a worthy, enticing MTB destination for your next adventure. A world of attractions and sights are on hand to be discovered mixed in between 800km/s of trails snaking the Tropical North Queensland region. We look forward to seeing Troy back in Cairns this April and wish him the best of luck as the rest of the world's finest athletes drop in once again for a rumble in the jungle!
Full event info for the Cairns World Cup can be found here
and can we say thanks to Owlpine Group and WoodChip Media for coming on up and ensuring the week with Troy ran smoothly - the results speak for themselves!
Music: "Hypercolour" by Ali Barter
and licensed courtesy of Ali Barter & Native Tongue Music Publishing.