Troy Brosnan, Escape to Paradise Part 2 - Video

Jan 18, 2016 at 1:38
by RideCairns  
Troy Brosnan rides Cairns

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Cairns, 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...

Reef bound. After arriving on a rather unpleasant and wet day we were treated to more than perfect conditions to get the week underway.
Reef bound. After arriving on a rather unpleasant and wet day; we were treated to perfect conditions the following morning to get the week underway.

Suited up Passions of Paradise went all out to ensure Troy got the most of his day on the boat including sending him under twice for an intro into the realm of scuba diving.
Suited up. Passions of Paradise went all out to ensure Troy got the most of his day on the boat, including sending him under (twice) for an intro into the realm of scuba diving.

Seriously how else could you wish to spend a day not on the bike Here anchored off one of the many immaculate reef sand cays for a quick break.
Seriously, how else could you wish to spend a day, not on the bike? Here, anchored off one of the many immaculate reef sand cays for a quick break.

Troy Brosnan rides Cairns

The Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park has quite an offering of trails winding through the mountain ranges an hour west of Cairns.
The Atherton Forest Mountain Bike Park has quite an offering of trails winding through the mountain ranges an hour west of Cairns.

Troy Brosnan rides Cairns

Coming on to 30 years old and the first site outside of New Zealand where Bungy became a a trading tourist attraction - Troy was not spared the 50m plunge. Yes there is quite a view from up there.
Coming on to 30 years old, and the first site outside of New Zealand where Bungy became a tourist attraction - Troy was not spared the 50m plunge. Yes, there is quite a view from up there.

There probably aren t too many courses out there that have a view from the start line quite like this.
Top of Worlds. There probably aren't too many courses out there that have a view from the start line quite like this.

Troy Brosnan rides Cairns

Troy Brosnan rides Cairns

The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway meanders its way up and over some incredible dense rainforest hills and inland towards Kuranda Village. Put in perspective the worlds venue is right over the edge of the range to the right of frame - being this thick into the land so close to town is what makes this place so unique.
The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway meanders its way up and over some incredibly dense rainforest hills and inland towards Kuranda Village. Put in perspective, the world cup venue is right over the edge of the range to the right of frame - being this thick into the land so close to town is what makes this place so unique.

Ranger Evan displaying one of our many wonderful flora species the Wait-a-while and its rather unpleasant habbit of latching onto whatever passes through its thousands of sharp hook like barbs.
Ranger Evan displaying one of our many wonderful flora species; the 'Wait-a-while', and its rather unpleasant habit of latching onto whatever passes through its thousands of sharp, hook-like barbs.

A short walk outside of Kuranda Village the Barron Falls is an epic gorge carved into the rainforest valley with random and precariously placed rock pools not for the vertigo sufferers.
A short walk outside of Kuranda Village, the Barron Falls is an epic gorge carved into the rainforest valley with random and precariously placed rock pools not for the vertigo sufferers.

Troy Brosnan rides Cairns

Troy Brosnan rides Cairns

The Alien tree in the dry is almost as scary to ride fast in the dry as it is impossible to ride in the wet. Just one of the many iconic features that line the course - it leaves nothing to the imagination when pondering its namesakes origin.
The Alien tree is almost as scary to ride fast in the dry as it is impossible to ride in the wet. Just one of the many iconic features that line the course - it leaves nothing to the imagination when pondering its namesakes origin.

As you all know it can get a bit warm here... But it s all in good fun when you have the World-Cup course to yourself.
As you all know, it can get a bit warm here... But it's all good fun when you have the World-Cup course to yourself.

The fastest section of the course where Chris Kovarik managed a mind boggling 74kms during the 2014 world-cup in conditions far less ideal than here.
The fastest section of the course, where Chris Kovarik managed a mind boggling 74km/h during the 2014 world cup in conditions far less ideal than here.

Troy Brosnan rides Cairns

The hills of Cairns grow fast. The enclosing foliage after the busy worn in period of world-cup action in 2014 means the course takes on a far more sinister feel with such a narrow line being left to calculate. Come this April it will be back to race spec once again.
The hills of Cairns grow fast. The enclosing foliage after the busy, worn in period of world cup action in 2014 means the course takes on a far more sinister feel with such a narrow line being left to calculate. Come this April, it will be back to race spec once again.

The process of watching a hot-air balloon prepare for liftoff and pack down after a landing is quite an orchestrated ordeal and rather entertaining to watch strangely.
The process of watching a hot-air balloon prepare for liftoff and pack down after a landing is quite an orchestrated ordeal and rather entertaining to watch, strangely.

Troy Brosnan rides Cairns

The pilots at Raging Thunder Hot-Air Ballooning must love their job. Troy experienced a rather intimate journey in his tiny 4-man basket in view high above the Great Dividing Range.
The pilots at Raging Thunder Hot-Air Ballooning must love their job. Troy experienced a rather intimate journey in his tiny 4-man basket (in view) high above the Great Dividing Range.

The contrast from moving between the rainforest cloaked Cairns to the dryer open hills of Atherton means the possibility to push trails in are almost limitless - and the park is far from being finished with an already impressive 80kms worth to explore.
The contrast from moving between the rainforest cloaked Cairns to the dryer, open hills of Atherton means the possibility to push trails in are almost limitless - and the park is far from being finished with an already impressive 80kms worth to explore.

Troy Brosnan rides Cairns

Troy Brosnan rides Cairns
  Hartleys Creek Crocodile Adventures offer just that. An up close interaction with 5+metre long 'salties' as well as an array of less dangerous, more cuddly and peculiar creatures like this Aussie icon.

These creatures are phenomenal. They are all around us in Cairns - in our estuaries in the harbour and occasionally spotted on any of the popular beaches that s not a joke . And while the being the closest thing to a living dinosaur with un measurable levels of killing power when your this close to the closest thing you can call a dinosaur it s quite humbling.
These creatures are phenomenal. They are in the waters all around Cairns - in our estuaries, in the harbour, and occasionally spotted on any of the popular beaches (that's not a joke). And while being the closest thing to a living dinosaur with immeasurable levels of killing power, when you're this close to one it's quite humbling.

To be fair i m not even sure i would have agreed to this. Being such a fearless athlete in his chosen discipline of sport holding a lizard with no legs took some hesitation.
To be fair, I'm not even sure i would have agreed to this. Being such a fearless athlete in his chosen discipline of sport, holding this large lizard with no legs came after a moment of hesitation.

The terrain changes wildy when dropping into the final portion of the course - going from dryer open scrub straight into thick dense rainforest full of vines wait-a-while stinging tree and probably some spiders too.
The terrain changes wildly when dropping into the final portion of the course - going from dryer, open scrub straight into thick, dense rainforest full of vines, wait-a-while, stinging tree and probably some spiders too.

Troy Brosnan rides Cairns

Troy Brosnan rides Cairns

There is quite a wide deep awkward rut under those those tyres but that s not the fastest way through - so over the top it is.
There is quite a wide, deep, awkward rut under those those tyres, but that's not the fastest way through - so over the top it is.

Troy Brosnan rides Cairns

When in doubt huck it out. The triple at the bottom of the course has not been tamed by many. But with the prospect of some dryer racing in April this time round - this will most likely change.
When in doubt, huck it out. The triple at the bottom of the course has not been tamed by many. But with the prospect of some dryer racing in April this time round - this will most likely change.

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.


MENTIONS: @Specialized / @SramMedia / @RideCairns




60 Comments

  • + 49
 Damn! He's awesome to watch. He is just floating along dealing with stuff like he's riding down a pump track.
  • + 4
 i reckon, that was awesome!
  • + 9
 I bet the lad that 'borrowed' Brayton's bike wishes he hit the whoop section like that! Flat out Eli Tomac style!
  • + 35
 I just get "This video is password protected."

Guess I'll just go ride a road bike or something like that. *sigh.
  • + 3
 Have no fear, it is no longer password protected on here!
  • + 27
 troys riding is smooth as silk. so fast.
  • + 2
 I forget how quick these boys are this far into the off season! Can't wait for the WC to start! Plus that is the way to ride woops! Legend!
  • + 18
 that Koala is blazed af
  • + 2
 this deserves top comment.
  • + 12
 Looks like a whole different track when it's dry.
  • + 5
 I was not much aware of Troy before seeing the first part of this series of videos, but I must agree that I have much respect for him now. He looks like a very personable human and his bike handling skills and style are just amazing. I will be watching him with a new eye on the 2016 WC circuit.
  • + 1
 That course looks absolutely wicked - it looks rugged and unpolished unlike most of the bike park style courses we see in the World Cup during the year - can't wait to watch this round and yes Cairns/Northern Queensland looks amazing!
  • + 4
 With the number 3 on his back, and the color of his jersey, I kept thinking that was Russell Wilson flying down the trail.
  • + 4
 At least Troy is safe in the knowledge that when he stops riding he's got a job with the Aussie Tourist Board. ;-)
  • + 2
 I did my first SCUBA with Passions of Paradise, one of the best decisions ever besides for getting into mountain biking, of course.
  • + 2
 Fantastic riding as always Troy...

But since when has cheesy bland pop music and MTB been a thing? I really should have been informed about this first!
  • + 2
 All of a sudden I feel so proud that I have been bought up in such an amazing atmosphere. Nearly 12 years of living in this tropical paradise, I will seriously miss it.
  • + 4
 You forgot to ride the Kuranda DH track!
  • + 2
 this bikepark looks really grat; lot of nature and the trails look like they were untouched by human`s hand. that´s the way I like it!
  • + 2
 I just love watching Troy ride, perhaps it's the Hill influence, but it's pretty damn amazing! Good luck in this season!
  • + 1
 I had almost forgotten how pedally this track was, since it has been so long since WC season. But luckily Troy posted a video so we can all remember together.
  • + 2
 Hell yeah Troy, thats how its done. So damn smooth. Next season is yours for the taking. GOOD LUCK BRO
  • + 3
 who wouldn´t want the password to the paradise too?
  • + 2
 Don't stop believing Troy and working hard cause it will come ,the best for this year GO GO GO
  • + 3
 Yea I got same problem "password protected "
  • + 0
 na man with me it worked al right
  • + 1
 Yea it came up now
  • + 3
 track needs some love with all those jungle weeds
  • + 3
 That was next level . Kit , bike , ridding wow .
  • + 2
 Damn! That moflo got his flojo on! Silky.
  • + 2
 He is just in total sync with that bike. Style for days.
  • + 3
 Sick edit!
  • + 2
 hahaha vip here if you actually really saw the vid
  • + 2
 Great article about a video no one can watch
  • + 2
 Is he wearing Timberlands?
  • + 3
 timbs all seasons, for ass kicking reasons! no his signature 2FO´s
  • + 1
 I hope it stays dry this time, would be awesome to see the guys/girls fly like this.
  • + 2
 Troy Brosnan. Wow….

And Cairns looks pretty sick too!
  • + 2
 It's amazing how quickly the jungle is trying to retake that trail.
  • + 2
 Dude is flying! Go Troy!
  • + 1
 Why is it that some vids are password protected?
  • + 3
 kind guess it´s meanwhile you´re uploading the video, you can prepare the article knowing no one will see it until it´s done.
  • + 2
 welcome to our world we get it alot from america with the motocross stuff drives me fkn nuts
  • + 1
 password protected?.....idk...humm!
  • + 1
 password protected ... Blank Stare
  • + 1
 escape to paradise, alone
  • + 1
 When Troy touched me it makes me shiver just like I was made of silver...
  • + 1
 Spongeworthy!!! See what I did there....
  • + 1
 definitely my favourite rider in the whole mtb industry, great edit Troy!
  • + 2
 Just go Raw!!
  • + 2
 Nice life
  • + 1
 Looks awesome, El nino says, its gonna be dusty. 2:56 rough landing?
  • + 1
 That shot with the hot air balloon above the clouds is incredible
  • + 1
 God dammnn..
  • + 1
 Man he´s lonely
  • + 0
 Music was straight up horrible.
  • + 1
 Nice
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